Today’s best stories about Greater Manchester – Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The ‘absolutely chaotic’ Christmas dinner at a restaurant, the suburb, where residents are afraid to leave their homes, and the tribute stone to a tragic father who struggled with the loss of a baby.

Here are the most read stories from our website today.

“I felt more secure in war in Afghanistan”: the Manchester suburb, where residents are too scared to leave their homes

Families and shop owners living in a northern suburb of Manchester have been horrified to leave their homes after a wave of violence.

A former soldier described Blackley as a ‘war zone’ and said he ‘felt more secure’ while fighting in Afghanistan.

The lifelong local admitted he was “too scared to go to the local store at night” for fear of being attacked.



The shops on Victoria Avenue

Parents believe the area – six miles from Manchester city center – has been “overrun” by teenagers armed with weapons.

A store owner who asked not to be named for fear of being attacked described how he is stolen from “at least two to three times a week”.

Read the full story here.

“People went out left to right and in the middle”: Family strikes out after ‘absolutely chaotic’ restaurant dinner on Christmas day

A family has recounted how they walked out of one of Manchester’s oldest restaurants on Christmas Day after waiting almost an hour and a half to be served.

Paul Millar and his family claim they paid £ 276 in advance for a five-course Christmas menu at Don Giovanni.

But after 40 minutes of waiting to just be seated and another 40 minutes without being served, the family says they walked out of the Peter Street restaurant and demanded a refund.



Manchester restaurant Don Giovanni

Restaurant managers have retaliated, saying the allegations are ‘wrong and false’ and that many customers went ‘extremely happy’.

But Paul said the restaurant, which opened in 1984, was ‘absolute chaos’ and said several other families also went out during the time they were there.

Read our story here.

‘He will be missed forever’: Tributes pour in to father, 30, who died after battling tragic baby loss

A young father struggling with the loss of his little son has died after being hit by a car on the M602.

Tribute has been poured in to Benjamin Connor, 30, who sadly died at the hospital after the collision Tuesday morning.

The father from Manchester is said to have mourned his little boy, who tragically died in 2014 when he was only a few days old.



Benjamin Connor died after being hit by a car on Tuesday

Mr. Connor leaves other children.

Police received reports of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on the Manchester-run lane of the M602 motorway shortly after 1 p.m. 02.30 Tuesday morning.

The whole story and tribute is here.

Manchester lost the ‘world showground’ that became a most beloved tourist attraction

Fascinating images excavated from our archive capture intriguing scenes from one of Manchester’s biggest tourist attraction of the past.

Taken from our archive, Mirrorpix, the earliest images were taken in the 1940s and show impressive visitors, exotic animals, slides and circus entertainers at Belle Vue.

Belle Vue Zoo opened in 1836 and started life as a small private collection of birds owned by gardener John Jennison – but his vision for a huge Victorian amusement park so it soon blossomed into much more – Manchester’s very own amusement park.



People enjoy the tours at Belle Vue, August 1949
People enjoy the tours at Belle Vue, August 1949

Generations of thrill-seekers streamed through the gates, not only for the animals, but for the amusement park’s legendary amusement park rides and circus performances. Many will also remember its concert venue.

The whole story and more pictures are here.

Woman furious over her “pink” raw turkey left red in the face when she was told she ordered gammon

A smoking customer sent a message to her local butcher to complain that her turkey on Christmas Day was “pink” and raw – only to find that she had made a mistake when it was actually a GAMMON joint.

Royton butcher NL Woodcock posted the funny message exchange on their company’s Facebook page with the “disappointed” customer, who eventually saw the funny page when she realized the mistake she had made.

And the post also made many others laugh – and quickly got more likes, comments and shares.



NL Woodcock Butchers in Royton, Oldham has shared a fun Christmas mix

Butcher Neil Woodcock shared the messages from Boxing Day, where the customer only known as Zoe said, “Sorry Zoe, but we thought it was funny”.

The full festive narrative is here.

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