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The 12 retro chocolate bars that need to be brought back immediately

Nostalgia guaranteed…

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Sadly many of the chocolate bars we were once delighted to see in our lunchbox no longer exist, snatched from us way before their time.

And I’m not the only one upset. Hundreds of petitions have been set up to bring back some retro classics and a handful have even been successful.

Last year, Cadbury announced it’s bringing back the Marble bar (only in Australia, unfortunately), proving that nagging works.

We’re still upset about a few other discontinued chocolate treats though…

White Maltesers

These delicious honeycomb and white chocolate balls were last tasted in 2014 and Mars have confirmed they have no intention of bringing them back. It’s a crime against humanity.

Poundland does its own version if you can’t go another minute with eating one. Sure, it’s not the original but they are almost as good.

Credit: Cadbury

Cadbury Dream

This white chocolate revelation from Cadbury was taken from us too soon. It first graced the shelves back in 2002 and fizzled away just a few short years after.

You can still get the original in Australia and New Zealand and import it over if you’re that dedicated to the cause. Personally, I’d like to see this in corner shops all around the UK.

Credit: Galaxy

Galaxy Truffles

There was nothing quite like the feeling of dunking your hand in a box of Celebrations and pulling out a Galaxy Truffle.

That feeling was pure happiness and frankly, we all need it back. They’ve released some sort of knock-off Nigel version but I’m not buying it. We want the originals.

Credit: Cadbury

Time Out

It wasn’t until I started researching this that I discovered Time Out bars had sneakily been taken off our shelves and replaced with a single wafer version called Time Out Wafer.

Clever but you’re not fooling me with this smaller alternative.

Credit: Cadbury

Cadbury Snaps

Two words we didn’t know we needed putting together; chocolate and crisps. Essentially these bad boys were chocolate Pringles and how iconic were they?

We lost these to the discontinued pile back in 2010 and things haven’t been the same since.

Credit: Mars

Mars Delight

The Mars Delight led a short life, just 4 small years. In part due to the fact that it was one of the most calorific bars ever made and it was released just when we were all getting fit – unfortunate timing.

6,423 signed a petition to bring these back in 2016 but there was no luck.

Credit: Cadbury

Flake Snow

She is beauty, she is grace! Another bad decision from Cadbury was to remove the Flake Snow from our lives.

Nothing beats the promo of this either, a sponsored photoshoot at Anthea Turner’s wedding?! ICONIC.

Credit: Fox’s

Echo

Fox’s Echo bars were classic lunch box biscuits. They were discontinued and replaced with an inferior bar that we won’t even give any limelight.

Absolutely partial to a mint one but nothing could beat that mix of white and milk chocolate that would just melt in your mouth.

Credit: Cadbury

Cadbury Marble

Cadbury Marble is only back in Australia so it is definitely going in the list of things we need back in the UK.

Marble is quite possibly one of the most missed creations of Cadbury, complete with swirls of milk chocolate, white chocolate and hazelnut praline. Dribbling already. 

Credit: Cadbury

Wispa Mint

These rivalled Aero Mint (easily) but unfortunately never proved popular enough, being taken from our shelves back in 2003. Something about that velvety chocolate though… 

Credit: Cadbury

Cadbury Taz

The best thing you could get with the spare change you’d find down the sofa was a Cadbury Taz or a Freddo. The Taz has been replaced with a caramel Freddo instead, and I’m sorry but it’s just not the same.

Credit: Cadbury

Cadbury Spira

This is like an ’80s version of a Twirl. Because I was born in 1996 I can’t comment on this bad boy, but I’ve heard good things and there is a petition to bring it back so they must’ve been popular enough to create an army of fans.  

Have we missed any? Let us know in the Facebook comments…

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Take a look inside the creepy abandoned Belle Vue Showcase cinema

Who else has great memories of this place?

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Mark Gardener

The Belle Vue Showcase cinema was somewhat of an iconic venue in Manchester, however, it is set to be demolished and replaced. 

The news came late last year that the cinema would be demolished to make way for a new secondary school.

The school, ran by the Co-op, is planning on having its first year sevens students in by September, although they’ll be placed in temporary buildings.

Sir Robert McAlpine / Space Architects

The new Co-Op Academy Belle Vue school is set to be finished in 2023, and a first glimpse of what it will look like has now been released. 

Newly released documents show a modern L-shaped building, which will be split into three different ‘zones’, including a two-storey sports block – complete with a sports hall, auditorium, and drama studio.

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The iconic cinema first opened its doors in 1989 boasting a huge 14 screens in the entertainment complex.

Closing its doors back in March 2020, the cinema had been left abandoned all last year and started to look seriously creepy. 

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The timeline for demolition hasn’t been given yet, and parents had to have applied for their child’s place in the new school by November 2nd last year – in case you were wanting to. 

Once the grounds of Belle Vue zoo and amusement park, the area will definitely have some stories to tell.

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The Belle Vue Showcase cinema was one of the first multi-screen complexes to open up, bringing American films, no queues and car parks to fit a 1,000 cars – it was unlike anything that had ever been seen before when it first opened back in 1989.

Back in February last year when rumours began to circulate the cinema would be closing, Mark Barlow, general manager at Showcase Cinemas UK, said: “As the leader in UK cinema innovation, Showcase Cinemas remains committed to operating a cinema in Manchester and as such are in active discussions about future opportunities for a new, state-of-art cinema in the city.”

If you’re going to miss this iconic venue, the company are said to be looking into a new unnamed location for another cinema. They added that they ‘remain fully committed to the city’. 

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There’s an abandoned bar hidden underneath Manchester’s Victoria Station

Would you dare explore underneath Victoria Station?

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The Urban Collective search cities and urban landscapes for hidden, unexplored derelict sites, filming the process so we get to see. 

Recently, The Urban Collective headed underneath Manchester’s Victoria Station to see the inner workings beneath the station.

Manchester’s Victoria Train Station opened all the way back in 1844, and was designed to help connect Leeds with the port city of Liverpool via train. 

The initial building was designed by the ‘Father of Railways’, George Stephenson, who was heavily involved in the UK’s early rail networks. 

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Finest Media

The original building was a long, single-storey structure that you can still see just next to the large Arena steps. 

By the early 1900s, the station had 17 platforms and a huge façade, designed by William Dawes, which still exists today.

The Urban Collective headed underneath the station via the old station offices in the main building, and descended into the now derelict B.R.S.A club.

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The club was an underground bar owned by the British Railway Staff Association, and operated as a typical working men’s club during the ’70s and ’80s.

It’s tucked away below the station and the street itself, with punters heading down for a pint near the top station entrance. 

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28dayslater.co.uk

You could also get in via the glass building over the road, which later became a barbers.

The bar, topped with glass, as well as wooden floors and other original features are still intact. There’s even a creepy cellar full of crates and thousands of discarded lager bottles.

Old posters are still on the walls, plus there’s even electricity still supplied which makes the fan above the dance floor occasionally spin. 

Members nicknamed their fave spot ‘The Vic Bars’, and train staff regularly attended day and night to see organists and cabaret acts throughout the week. 

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The club was eventually closed in 1992 and has remained derelict and forgotten ever since. 

However, the club unit is now under offer as a potential new club, pub or retail unit, despite the considerable amount of work that needs to be undertaken. 

You can check out The Urban Collective on YouTube here.

 

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The 10 ‘worst places to live’ in England have been named and there’s some surprise entries

The votes have been counted and the results are in…

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The votes are in for the ‘worst places to live’ in England in 2021, and there’s some surprise news for Greater Manchester.

Peterborough has taken the top spot for two years running now, based on ilivehere.co.uk’s yearly audience vote, so it’s about time to see if the city will do it again or if someone else can steal the crown this year. 

A whopping 125,681 people voted for the tongue-in-cheek survey this year, and it turns out most people voted between 9am and 5pm from a laptop or desktop computer, which means you were all enjoying plenty of time dossin’ about this year! 

Don’t blame you to be honest, let’s see who’s on the list…

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10) Halifax

Taking the tenth spot for another year, is the town ‘you only know because of the Building Society’ with the same name. I Live Here point out that the second claim to fame is that Ed Sheeran was born there. 

I’ve also got it on good authority that Acapulco Club (or the Acca to the locals) is the best place to get a 75p drink, and boasts one of the stickiest dancefloors in the UK. Here’s what people had to say:

“I soon realised that I would need an interpreter in Halifax as the locals spoke only in grunts and squints”

9) Torquay 

The ‘English Riviera’ town which is apparently famous for ‘not a lot’ takes the ninth spot on the list, and is a surprise new entry for 2021. Some super friendly reviews include…

“Torquay is probably the only seaside town in England where ch@vs outnumber seagulls”

“If you don’t have a kid by the age of 20, are you really from Torquay?”

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8) Jaywick

Never heard of it? Me neither. Making its debut on the list is Jaywick, which is known for being the most deprived area in England and is located by Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

“A seaside sh#thole where slumlords live in the Brooklands houses that overlook the beach, while letting out ramshackle glorified sheds behind them to the poor and destitute”

7) Luton 

I quite literally know nothing about Luton – another new entry – other than it has an airport, which makes for a pretty boring tourism sign. Wikipedia has enlightened me that it in fact is home to one of the largest churches in Bedfordshire, was known for its hat making and had a car production plan until 2002 when it closed.

Lot going on, then… 

“England’s toilet”

“One of the most shocking moments of my year stay in Luton was on Christmas day. I went with my friend in his car to pick up some relatives. Only for my friend to point out the local McDonald’s. Explaining to me that it gets busier every year”

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6) Wakefield

This place finally burst into the top ten list last year and is now up two places. Wakey is (apparently) known for a Coronation Street actor. 

My favourite thing about Wakefield is Westgate Railway Station – the gateway out of the place”

“Wakefield’s cultural wilderness is astonishing. Its claim to fame is that it is the Rhubarb Capital Of The UK. Seriously”

5) Hull

The UK’s most undeserving Culture Capital, Hull comes back in the list slap bang in the middle. It didn’t make the cut last year so well done Hull. 

“It’s like God’s little experiment if he put the worst of everything into one pot and stirred it up a bit”

“I personally recommend a day trip to Hull for all families, perhaps instead of a day trip to the zoo”

4)  Bradford

According to I Live Here, ‘it would not be a Top 10 without a smattering of West Yorkshire’s finest taking the top spots’. 

“Bradford, the land of opportunity, if it’s a takeaway or a pound shop you dream of opening”

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3) Liverpool

Taking home the bronze medal for quite simply existing is Liverpool, another new entry to the top ten. 

“I can’t put into words just how miserable growing up in this horrid place has been. The people attempt to grind you and your individuality down because they fear people with more than single digit IQs and who dress in clothes other than the latest black track suit”

2) Huddersfield

In second place is Huddersfield. Hudds has a special place in my heart if for nothing else but Bar Maroc. But alas taking home the crown just isn’t meant to be for this place.

“Not all of Huddersfield is bad… just 70% of it”

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1) Peterborough 

Taking home the top spot is last year’s winner, and the year before that too, Peterborough! Pause for applause. Stunning. Well done Peterborough. 

The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as though everything else is going on and you’re not part of it as you’re stuck in this dump”

Perhaps the most notable thing about this year’s list is that nowhere in Greater Manchester made the top ten, with at least one borough usually finding its way in there – last year Rochdale came 4th, and Oldham (9th) and Rochdale (3rd) both featured in 2019. 

However, while nowhere in our region made the top ten, if you dig a bit deeper into the top 50 we did feature, with Oldham (17th), Wigan (20th), Rochdale (23rd) and Bolton (29th) all starring.

Oh well, could be worse, Yorkshire seems to consistently have at least four or five places in the top ten every year…

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