Pride, the LGBTQ+ event, takes place in Manchester every year on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year it was cancelled (because, you know), but in 2021 it’s very much back on track. For this occasion, the city gets dressed up in rainbow flags.
This is the bridge in Castlefield.
The couple on the bridge remind me a bit of Joe and Jill Biden.
The sunny weather–not exactly a regular here–makes everything even better!
It lies alongside the Rochdale Canal, and is actually called Canal Street. Its origins go back to the 1980s when the first gay bars and restaurants started opening here.
Previously on Some Photoblog I have posted pictures of the Alan Turing Memorial, which is in Sackville Gardens, a small park in the same area. As you may know, Alan Turing was prosecuted for his sexuality, despite contributing enormously to the Allies’ victory in WW2 by cracking German military codes. The 2014 movie The Imitation Game tells this story, with the ever brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch in the main role.
Apparently, the street sign for Canal Street occasionally gets vandalised–they scratch off the letter C. It’s such a lame, tired joke, honestly. Like, you think a million people haven’t already tried that before you?
Anyway, pictures by smartphone, taken on my lunch break!
You know what’s genius about this? That is the statue of Sir Robert Peel. Robert Peel (1788-1850) was a Conservative politician; he served as a Prime Minister and a Home Secretary under Queen Victoria, and was also–the founder of the modern police force.
At least I hope so, it’s certainly looking that way. It is a bit too early–these pictures were taken on the same day as the Peaky Blinders sets ones of the previous post, so the penultimate day in February. They’re all from St John’s Garden, a little park in Central Manchester, on the edge of Castlefield.
See that crow in the tree? (It seems to be my thing, birds in trees.) It was cawing its head off, but what was funny was that it sounded hoarse, as if it had a sore throat. I can’t describe it any other way. People were looking at it and laughing.