Just reading the 4 page pull out in todays Manchester Evening News about the Urban Heroes awards ceremony we attended to celebrate the great work of the Message Trust got me feeling great about the city and hopeful for a fantastic future for people like Steph the overall winner and many more.
So here’s a quiz.
How many of these statements are true about the city I love to live in?
Vegetarianism was founded in Manchester
Suffragettes were founded in Manchester
The TUC was started in Manchester
The First Law of Thermodynamics was discovered in Manchester
The world’s first Industrial Estate was built in Manchester
The first computer was built in Manchester
The first canal was made in Manchester
The first Railway was in Manchester
Rolls Royce started in Manchester
The first submarine was made in Manchester
The first British aeroplane was designed and flown in Manchester
The first Transatlantic flight was from Manchester, by Mancunians
The first permanent professional orchestra was in Manchester
Top of the Pops started in Manchester
Roget’s Thesaurus started in Manchester (bonus point – what’s another word for Thesaurus?)
The first football league was set up in Manchester
The first gas supply was in Manchester
The first municipal parks were in Manchester
The first reservoirs were in Manchester
The first free public library was in Manchester
The first British matador was from Manchester (what a lot of bull!)
The first UFO landing pad is in Manchester
Answer? All of them (and many more) are true.
Innovation is in the water!
3 thoughts on “Manchester Firsts.”
So true, manchester is such a great place to be! People consider it as ‘just another northern factory town’ but it is innovation, modern, diverse, friendly, fashionable, happening! It’s where I’m proud to call home 🙂
Woo~ I’m moving to Manchester this coming fall. I can’t wait! =)
…and the first modern tramway was built in Manchester in 1992
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