Parsonage Ducks, c PNW

The ducks could be seen enjoying a coffee in the rain. Credit: Place North West


A LOAD OF QUACK… It has certainly been a good week for ducks weather-wise. Such was the extent of the deluge in Manchester – where the puddles are more like lakes – a waddle of ducks set up camp in a decidedly soggy Parsonage Gardens to enjoy the incessant downpour. The birds enjoyed themselves for a few damp days before making a sudden disappearance on Thursday when the sun finally decided to show its face. 

Football pitch c Bence Balla Schottner via Unsplash

Credit: Bence Balla Schottner via Unsplash

PITCHING IN… Right now, she is busy helping England progress at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but Manchester City left-back Alex Greenwood is also making a difference closer to home. The Bootle-born footballer is leading a project to refurbish sports pitches in her hometown so that future generations of talent have somewhere to hone their skills. “Bootle is where I’m from and I’m proud to have grown up here,” she said. “Fortunately for me, I was spotted at a young age, but I know there is talent out there that hasn’t because of a lack of opportunities to play.” Greenwood is due to receive the Freedom of Sefton later this year, which will hopefully be the second most important title she wins in 2023. 

Place North West Caps, c PNW

From left: Danny Coetsee, Caroline Taylor, Lauren Teague & Co. Credit: Reader submissions

CAP-TIVATING TRAVELS… Oh, the places a Place North West cap will go! We’ve been enjoying seeing our hats pop up on social media this summer. Kuits Solicitors’ Adam Hymes and DAY Architectural’s Caroline Taylor both took theirs to Valencia, while ING Media’s Lauren Teague rocked hers a bit closer to home at the T20 Finals at Edgbaston. Our very own Danny Coetsee completed the travelling hat-trick, wearing his cap while trout fishing. Where will we be spotted next?

LDA can’t wait to get going. Credit: via MCC

BEE DIFFERENT… Poison chalice or the opportunity of a lifetime? Some have suggested that the three runners-up in the competition to win the mandate to redesign Piccadilly Gardens might be breathing a sigh of relief. LDA Design, which was victorious, certainly doesn’t see it like that. The firm’s Manchester lead Mark Graham said he was “thrilled” and looking forward to creating a space that is “strongly Mancunian”, which can only mean one thing: plenty of bee insignia. 

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