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  1. A talented footballer from Ardwick has been named after losing his life on Salford Quays on Sunday. Despite multiple attempts from bystanders to rescue him, Ngapee Merenga tragically lost his life after diving into the inviting looking water to cool off after having played in as football match earlier in the day for the East Central Falcons FC in Ardwick. The team has set up a GoFundMe page for his family to help with funeral costs. (Link Below) Fundraiser by Yahya Mazhar : In memory of Ngapee Merenga (gofundme.com) A huge search operation conducted by GMP, GMFRS and assisted by the police helicopter, swung into action. Unfortunately the outcome was not a good one with police confirming that sadly, his body had been located and subsequently recovered from the water shortly after 7:40pm. An investigation is under way and a file passed to the coroners office in Bolton. A police statement released yesterday said:
  2. Police had sadly confirmed the death of a man who ran into difficulties at Erie Basin on Salford Quays. At about 4.40pm today (Sunday 18 July), officers were called over concerns for a man in the water at Salford Quays. NWAS and GMFRS also attended but, sadly, the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the water at about 7.40pm. An investigation is under way and a file passed to the coroner. Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP's Trafford district, said:
  3. A major search operation is underway after reports of a 19-year-old male seen struggling and in dificulties whilst in the water in the Erie Basin at Salford Quays. The forces helicopter was dispatched to the scene to aid in the search from the air. Specialist crews used an inflatable dingy to search the water, whilst a police cordon was put into place in the area. A diving team were seen to be conducting an underwater search and a tent has now been erected within the inner cordon. Despite an active police search taking place, youngsters continued to take to the water at the other end of the basin as well as the adjoining canals on what is one of the hottest days of the year so far. Salford City Council has repeatedly warned of the dangers of unsupervised swimming in the area due to the strong currents and hidden risks beneath the surface. There are signs dotted around the Quays warning of the dangers and yet they are continually ignored. A number of safety devices have been placed around the waters due to previous incidents and for the safety of the public. Wild swimming unsupervised like this is highly dangerous. Colin and his wife Trish, who were visiting the area from Sale told us: A spokesperson for GMP said: A spokesperson for GMFRS said:
  4. A man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after police officers were called to Broadway on Salford Quays, on 15 July at 1.30am to reports of vehicles being driven dangerously whilst racing each other. This is not the first time such incidents have been reported by angry locals as the area has become a mecca in recent times for boy racers in high performance vehicles recklessly racing each other. One man we spoke to this morning told us that he has lived on the Quays for the past 4 years and he has witnessed a sharp increase in expensive high performance sports cars being driven dangerously in the area in more recent months. This is not an isolated incident, with residents having complained about car horns, tyres screeching and rampant antisocial behaviour during the night. The council has previously stated that its CCTV network extensively covers the Quays and that footage will be reviewed and available to assist in bringing offenders to justice.
  5. A £7m indoor attraction based on the blockbuster ITV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will open at MediaCityUK later this month following a 32-week project by principal contractor MC Construction. The Salford company carried out enabling and fit-out works at the venue and managed all directly-appointed contractors, including those responsible for themed attraction installations, ticketing, retail fit-out, IT and communications and the building management system. The works were undertaken across the back-of-house, entrance, reception and attraction space and retail areas. Tickets for I’m a Celebrity… Jungle Challenge will go on general sale Wednesday, July 21 and it will open to the public on Friday, July 30 at Quayside MediaCityUK, formerly known as the Lowry Shopping Centre, which is owned by Peel L&P. Continuum Attractions will operate the attraction. During hours of wholesome fun, Campmates will be taken into the heart of the themed jungle setting to navigate a series of fun-filled, physical challenges. Featuring Main Camp, the Throne and Winners Bridge, the action-packed experience will put Campmates’ nerves and agility to the test as they race against the clock in a bid to collect stars and be crowned King or Queen of the jungle. Timed trials will involve scaling The Ascent, with over 8m of vertical rock, racing across the suspended Treetop Trail, swinging round the Jungle Run, taking a leap of faith on Get a Grip and gliding through the trees on a Zipline. Campmates could also find themselves taking on Kiosk Kev and a multiple-choice Dingo Dollar Challenge if the iconic telephone boxes, synonymous with the TV programme, ring out. The attraction will also feature Europe’s first ceiling-mounted Spyrider (*), a high-speed track which whizzes above the jungle canopy. Russ Forshaw, group operations director at MC Construction, a family-owned business which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, said: James Penfold, Controller of Partnerships for ITV Global Entertainment, said: (*) Tickets for Spyrider are limited and will be available to upgrade for £3 once inside the attraction, subject to availability.
  6. Thousands of people live at, work in, and visit Salford Quays every day - and as it continues to grow, public feedback is being sought to help shape plans for its future. Salford City Council is asking for views on its grand vision for Salford Quays so a blueprint can be created for how it could evolve over coming years, and to help shape future design and function. The council has worked with Modern Designers to research how Salford Quays is currently used by speaking to local residents, businesses and attractions such as The Lowry. The aim has been to look at what works and what doesn’t in Salford Quays and other places around the world. This research has been used to create a vision of what could come next. This is particularly important as it is expected to grow over the next decade as MediaCity doubles in size and more homes and workplaces are built. The coronavirus pandemic has also had a significant impact on many people’s priorities for living and working. Councillor Mike McCusker, Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, said: Salford Quays is one of Europe’s most successful regeneration projects. Over the last thirty years, what was once an industrial dockland has become a global media hub, a popular place to live, and a waterside destination that’s home to two of the UK’s most popular cultural venues. To comment on the vision, visit https://salfordquaysvision.commonplace.is/ The consultation will be online until 30 April 2021. A response to the feedback will be published by early Summer 2021.
  7. Alex Warren campaigns to clean up Salford Quays. The Liberal Democrats have a plan for our local Community in May’s Local Elections. “There is no plan and no change” - This is what Alex Warren, Liberal Democrat campaigner, has to say about the current situation in Salford. Alex Warren is shocked at the amount of litter and rubbish in Salford Quays and says not enough is being done about local crime either. The Liberal Democrat campaign this year is to #CleanUpTheQuays. They want to create local nature reserves, working with local charities and community groups to improve Salford. Alex Warren is standing in the local elections alongside Alex Wynne and Bryn Coombe. There is no plan and no change from the current Council at all. The candidates believe that communities in Greater Manchester are not represented or listened to. They want to change that. They have 3 aims ahead of the local elections on May 6th: 1. Clean up the Quays: Liberal Democrats want to create nature reserves in spaces all over Salford. This is so that we nurture the nature that exists already and work hard to improve the waterside for people out walking and exercising. The team will work with the Council, charities, and community groups to run regular cleans ups and get more money spent on our green spaces. 2. Tackle anti-social crime: Not enough is being done to police the local area. This must change. We need more boots on the ground, and officers who understand our neighbourhood. With this, we can tackle crime and anti-social behaviour near our homes in Salford Quays. 3. End our cladding scandal: The replacement of unsafe Grenfell type cladding is a potentially life-threatening scandal that affects thousands. Unsafe cladding is not the fault of residents. Even if you do not own your apartment, you could be faced with rising rents to cover the cost of replacing any dangerous cladding. We think Government should pay for this and end the nightmare of unsafe cladding. Alex Warren says: Clean up the Quays petition - https://www.salfordlibdems.org.uk/cleanupthequays Left To Right: Bryn Coombe, Alex Warren, Alex Wynn
  8. CrossFit SCL, a new CrossFit gym is coming to Salford Quays. Launching on Monday 4 January, the new facility is located at Ordsall Leisure Centre and will serve the local community. The gym or ‘Box’ as CrossFitters refer to it, is a new venture from Salford Community Leisure, the city’s leisure trust which also manages and operates other leisure facilities across Salford, including 8 leisure centres and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. It will become the first CrossFit Box operated by a leisure trust in the Greater Manchester region and marks a positive step into this market for Salford Community Leisure, at a time when the industry is still reeling from the financial implications of the COVID-19 lockdown. The CrossFit market, is a booming sector of the health and fitness industry that is increasingly popular nationally, with more and more people looking to CrossFit for an innovative approach to health and fitness. CrossFit is a form of high intensity training, strength and conditioning made up of functional movements, with a constantly varying programming. Workouts include Olympic lifts, gymnastics and sport principles. The ethos behind CrossFit also focuses on the importance of lifestyle and community alongside the workouts. Each CrossFit ‘box’ represents a community of members who work together to encourage each other to achieve their goals, whether they are beginners or have been training for years. The box, which features a lion, taken from the city’s crest as part of its identity, officially roars into action from 4 January, with open days on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January. Open to members of all ages, including children aged 11+ it will offer a range of sessions throughout the week as well as nutritional help and advice.Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety said: Chris Smith, CrossFit SCL Head Coach said: For more information visit salfordcommunitylesiure.co.uk/crossfit
  9. The Lowry are looking for young people aged 13-17 living in Greater Manchester to be part of a new creative youth leadership programme. You will work with artists, activists and other professionals to address the issues that matter to you. You will work together, develop leadership skills and find ways to be heard, take action and make change by developing your own social action projects. Sessions are free and will be online or in person on Mondays 6pm – 8pm every fortnight from 11th January 2021. Interested? Send them a short introduction about yourself, in writing or by video or audio, by 21st December 2020 to getcreative@thelowry.com What to include? A bit about you and your interests What you want to get from this project Something you might want to change (big, small or even worldwide) Got a Question? Not sure if it’s for you? Get in touch for a chat with Jenny on Jennifer.riding@thelowry.com or 07852 552319 They welcome ALL young people and we want this group to represent people from different backgrounds – including young people who experience racism, identify as working class, have disabilities, are from the LGBTQ+ community, are care experienced or are discriminated in other ways.
  10. Happy Christmas from The Lowry: Arts centre to live-stream performance of The Gruffalo to EVERY primary school in Salford The Lowry in Salford has announced plans to live-stream a performance of Tall Stories’ hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in the city. The performance, which will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 11 December, will be available free of charge to all 99 primary schools in the city. The first 50 schools to register for the special broadcast will also receive £50 worth of art supplies for their school as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children. Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre. “Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme. “By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.” The Lowry worked with Salford City Council to contact all primary schools in the city. Any schools wishing to discuss the broadcast should contact: GetCreative@thelowry.com The Gruffalo had been scheduled to run on The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre stage from Friday, 12 December to Sunday, 10 January, but has been forced online in light of the impracticalities of widespread touring during the pandemic. The Lowry is currently closed in-line with the national lockdown. Live performances are due to resume on Friday, 4 December and the galleries are due to re-open (weekends only) from Saturday, 5 December. Both dates are dependent on the Government announcement on Thursday (26 Nov) of regional tiers and what level will be applied to Greater Manchester.
  11. The Lowry to re-open its galleries at weekends from 1 November : Permanent LS Lowry collection and new 'Days Like These' exhibition on display https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelowry/albums/72157634044110222 The Lowry will re-open the doors of its galleries next month for the first time since March. Opening to the public at weekends from Sunday 1 November, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent LS Lowry collection and a new exhibition documenting the lockdown experiences of people from Salford entitled 'Days Like These'. Both exhibitions are free of charge and will be open 11am – 4pm. COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place across the galleries, including: • Compulsory face masks • Social distancing in operation • Hand sanitising stations • One-way system throughout building • Timed entry • Temperature checks on arrival Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: Days Like These features paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of Salford – from empty streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone. Contributions are still being accepted. More information about how to submit your work can be found here. The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.
  12. Salford's very own Lowry Theatre will welcome a new production next month, with an outdoor performance that promises to be 'raucous and deliciously dark'. Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show will premiere outside at the Salford theatre on Saturday October 17, with two shows in one night and all proceeds going to support the venue. It comes from theatre company Imitating the Dog and Leeds Playhouse, who recently created a stage adaptation of George A. Romero's classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead. Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show promises to be a similarly spooky performance, drawing on elements of the classic horror film genre as well as carnival and medicine shows. The 30 minute production has been created specifically to be performed in outside spaces. In the twilight show, Dr Blood will tell a dark and captivating story about the price paid for ambition, hypocrisy and greed. The piece has been directed and written by Imitating the Dog's co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks, and will fuse live performance with digital technology. Andrew Quick said: In its 20 year history, Imitating the Dog has also been behind productions of Hotel Methuselah, A Farewell to Arms, Heart of Darkness and most recently the Night of the Living Dead ™- Remix. Tickets for Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show are priced from £5 and can be booked online at thelowry.com. The shows are recommended for ages 14+ and will take place on Saturday October 17 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
  13. MediaCityUK and award winning design studio HemingwayDesign have announced plans to bring Box on the Docks at Christmas to the creative and digital hub following a successful summer season which has seen thousands of visitors enjoying socially distanced dining within 30 art adorned sheds and greenhouses since the beginning of August. The initiative which supports two industries hit hard by Covid-19 – hospitality and the arts. The self-contained socially distanced dining boxes have created a new and original way for people to socialise safely outside the home and have brought colour, fun and festivity to the community after a tough few months. The project has surpassed expectations with MediaCityUK now inviting local artists and designers to submit festive inspired designs for the pods. Dependent on local and national Government guidelines ‘Box on the Docks at Christmas’ will launch at the end of November. With support from the Salford Culture and Place Partnership, to date 15 artists have had their work showcased at ‘Box on the Docks’ and applications are now open for the next wave of creatives to put forward their design proposals. Kate Hadfield, from MediaCityUK based Carbon Creative, whose team produced the ‘BeatBox’ pod in which The Dockyard served hundreds of customers throughout August and September said: Simon Leroux, from Manchester Street Poem - an arts project telling the stories of the city's marginalised communities in their own words, said: Michael Jebelli, Managing Director of independent plant-based eatery, Vertigo, which launched in MediaCityUK as lockdown restrictions eased said: Josie Cahill, Place Director for MediaCityUK said: Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of HemingwayDesign added: For details on the full brief and how to apply please visit https://www.boxonthedocks.co.uk/
  14. The Lowry in Salford has today confirmed plans to go-ahead with not one, but two Christmas shows this November and December. The arts centre on Salford Quays will offer theatregoers the choice of the international smash hit musical SIX (27 November 2020– 10 January 2021) and family favourite The Gruffalo (12 December 2020 – 10 January 2021). Both shows were originally set to take place in the venue’s 450-seat Quays Theatre- but have now moved into the much larger 1,700-seat Lyric Theatre which can allow for 1m+ social distancing between each booking. All existing ticket holders for SIX and The Gruffalo are being contacted about the new arrangements. The new seating configuration allows for COVID-secure deep-cleaning of the auditorium between each performance and ensures zero crossover of incoming and outgoing audiences. Temperature checks will be taken of all audience members entering the building and face covering policy will be in place together with sanitising stations throughout the venue and staggered entry times to reduce queues. Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: SIX is returning to The Lowry after a sell-out run last Christmas. The show has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominated for five Olivier Awards. SIX producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles say, ‘We have the opportunity to give work to 50 or so actors, musicians, technicians, stage managers, production managers, costume makers, marketing, press, ticketing and office staff. The touring cast for SIX includes: Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn), Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Shekinah McFarlane (Anna of Cleves), Jodie Steele (Katherine Howard) and Athena Collins (Catherine Parr), with Alternates Jennifer Caldwell, Cassandra Lee and Harriet Watson. Accompanying the Queens are the show’s all female band The Ladies in Waiting. New bookings for SIX in the Lyric Theatre go on-sale at 10am on Wednesday 16 September. New bookings for The Gruffalo in the Lyric Theatre go on-sale on Friday 25 September. All tickets will be available at: www.thelowry.com
  15. A taxi driver has died following a road traffic collision in Salford last week (Thursday 10th September) Police are appealing to the public for information after a 46-year-old taxi driver died two days after a serious road traffic collision in Salford. At around 9am on Thursday 10 September 2020, a grey Renault Megane taxi was travelling northbound on Trafford Road before turning right onto Phoebe Street. The taxi collided with a brown Audi A3 which was travelling southbound on Trafford Road. The driver of the taxi – a 46-year-old man – suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where he sadly died on Saturday 12 September. The driver of the Audi A3 – a 22-year-old man – suffered minor injuries and is assisting police with their enquiries. A third vehicle – a black Audi A5 – was also travelling southbound on Trafford Road when the incident occurred but failed to remain at the scene. The driver – a 27-year-old man – was later arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation. Officers are appealing to anyone with dash cam footage or who witnessed the collision to contact them as part of their ongoing enquiries. Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: Anyone with any information or dash cam footage should contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 680 of 10/09/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  16. A project spearheaded by thirteen leading performing arts organisations across Greater Manchester has been awarded £60,000 by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support independent artists and creative freelancers in the area. GM Artist Hub was formed in April 2020 to help independent artists access support, advice and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. The project has now offered nearly 300 private advice sessions to local artists and a number of larger opportunities for artists to learn about specific funding streams and connect with chief executives and artistic directors across the city region. Participating venues and arts organisations are: Community Arts North West, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford, hÅb/Word of Warning and Z-arts. This funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will allow the project to offer a range of new opportunities to local artists including creative care and wellbeing support, opportunities to develop new skills and co-commissions offered across a range of local partners. Claire Symonds, senior producer: artist development at The Lowry, says: Details about the new programmes on offer will be announced in mid-September. For more information about GM Artist Hub, visit www.gm-artisthub.co.uk
  17. Police responded to double incidents at both Manchester Piccadilly and Salford Quays earlier today after two suspicious packages were reported being found on two separate buses. At around 1.15pm today (Saturday 5 September 2020), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station, not long after at around 2:25 police were called with a report of another incident of a similar nature at Salford Quays. Police acted swiftly to evacuate and secure both scenes but after checks were made, both packages were deemed to be safe and there was no risk to the public. Roads around both areas were temporarily closed but have now reopened. During the incidents the police force deployed is aerial assets to monitor from above. The speed of the response shows clearly that Greater Manchester Police has an extremely well rehearsed and co-ordinated action plan in place following the attack on Manchester Arena. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1452 of 05/09/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  18. Update 22:50 Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the man was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital. The man who was in his 40s has not been named by police as yet, we are aware that a name is going around on Social Media but we ask that you do not name him in the comments out of respect for his family. There are no suspicious circumstances involved with his death and his next of kin are currently being informed. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this sad time. Update 18:40 A man has reportedly been removed from the water, at the moment his condition is unknown Emergency Services are currently on scene at Ontario Basin on Salford Quays undertaking an underwater search. A Greater Manchester Police spokesmen has confirmed officers were called to the scene at around 5.50pm on Friday 10 August 2018 after receiving reports that a man had entered the water near to Capital Quays in the Salford Quays area and had not resurfaced. Police and the Fire Service have attended and an underwater search using specialist equiptment is taking place. Metrolink has suspended tram services between Eccles, Media City and Cornbrook whilst the incident is underway. As soon as we have more information we will update this article. Photos: Daniel Hulse
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