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Manchester City parade: Everything you need to know from road closures to timings

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Here’s everything you need to know for the Manchester City parade in the city centre later today.

After a very tense Champions League Final where the blue half of Manchester defeated Inter Milan in a close 1-0 victory, the treble winners will be parading through the city on a blue open-top bus to show off their silverware later today (Monday, June 12th).

City, who have become the second English (and Manchester) side to win a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, will be touring through the streets with the parade starting at 6.30pm.

At this time the bus will depart from Tonman Street, off Deansgate at the junction with Liverpool Road, close to the Hilton.

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The Blues will then head down Deansgate before turning right at St Mary’s Gate, after the Slug and Lettuce. Continuing past Marks and Spencer, it will then make a right onto Cross Street and once it reaches the junction of King Street, it will turn left towards Brown Street, Booth Street and Nicholas Street until it reaches George Street.

Pep Guardiola, the City squad and backroom staff will then head towards Princess Street, where the bus parade will finish.

From 5.30pm there will be onstage entertainment while the squad are parading through the centre, before they arrive at the stage at approximately 7.30pm.

The parade will be hosted by Manchester City’s City Square presenters Danny Jackson and Natalie Pike, who will be joined by former players and special guests. There will also be live music from bands and DJs.

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New for this year, three DJ booths will be dotted about the parade route to entertain crowds and keep the party pumping while fans celebrate a special treble victory.

From 7.30pm until 8.15pm a player presentation will take place on Oxford Street, close to the junction with Chepstow Street.

Due to the parade route and the set-up of a stage area, a number of roads will be closed and there will likely be congestion on neighbouring roads. Commuters and travellers are advised to use public transport where possible.

The easiest way to travel to the parade is on the Metrolink, with St Peter’s Square and Piccadilly Gardens being the closest stops to reach it.

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From 2pm trams will be diverted from using Exchange Square and will instead travel via Shudehill and Market Street. This will be until 8.30pm.

Passengers are encouraged to pay via contactless to beat the queue at the ticket machines. If you decide to pay for your ticket this way, please remember that the ticket you are purchasing is for one adult only. It is not possible to touch-in and out for multiple tickets.

If you are travelling with children, a child or family travelcard will need to be purchased from the ticket machine.

Commenting on the parade, Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Winning the treble, crowned with an historic first Champion’s League triumph, is an incredible achievement. We extend our congratulations on behalf of the city to the club and its fans.

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“We’re sure the parade will be a joyous and unforgettable occasion as fans gather in the city centre to celebrate with the team a success which will resonate around the world and showcases once again Manchester’s huge sporting legacy.”

A number of roads across the city centre will be closed for the route and there is likely to be significant congestion on roads that remain open. The following road closures are:

From 6am Sunday June 11th to 6am Tuesday June 13th:
  • Oxford Street – Mount Street to Chepstow /Portland St
  • Hall Street – Bale Street to Oxford Street
From 12pm (midday) to 12am (midnight) on Monday June 12th:
  • Portland Street – Oxford Street to Princess Street
  • Oxford Street – Portland to Whitworth
  • Chepstow – Great Bridgewater to Oxford Road
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From 12pm (midday) to 9pm on Monday June 12th:
  • Deansgate – Liverpool Road to Blackfriars Street
From 2pm to 9pm on Monday June 12th:
  • St Mary Gate – Deansgate to Market Street
  • Market Street – St Mary’s Gate to Cross Street
  • Cross Street – Market Street to Albert Square (2CC running from 20:00)
From 3pm to 10pm on Monday June 12th:
  • King Street – Cross Street to Brown Street
  • Brown Street – King Street to Booth Street
  • Booth Street – Brown Street to Mosley Street
  • Nicholas Street – Mosley Street to Faulkner Street
  • George Street – Charlotte Street to Princess Street
  • Princess Street – Cooper Street to George Street
  • Back George Street – Princess Street to Dickinson Street
  • Dickenson Street – back George Street to George Street
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Bus services will also be impacted due to road closures and congestion.

To allow for the parade to take place, the following services will be diverted from 12pm to 10pm: 8, 15, 18, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42A, 42B, 42C, 43, 50, 67, 85, 85A, 86, 100, 101, 103, 111, 142, 143, 191, 197, 250, 255, 256, 263, freebus 1, freebus 2, V1, V2, X41, X43, X50, MT1.

Train services are expected to be very busy. Please use Manchester Victoria or Manchester Oxford Road for rail journeys to and from the parade. Commuters are advised to check before travelling.

To find out more visit TfGM.

This is a non-ticketed event and all fans will be searched before entering.

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School bus overturns with motorway closed in both directions

Emergency services, including air ambulance, are in attendance

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A coach carrying children from two separate schools has been left on its side following a crash on a major motorway this morning.

The school bus was carrying pupils from Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby School for Girls when the incident happened at around 8am on Friday, September 29th.

A section of the M53 has been closed off in both directions between J5 at Hooton, Cheshire, to J4 at Clatterbridge, in Merseyside. It is believed the bus had struck a reservation on Junction 5 of the motorway.

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Calday Grange Grammar School released a statement on its social media page saying: “We are aware of a situation involving one of our school buses on the motorway earlier today.

“We’re actively gathering details and assisting affected students and their families.”

North West Ambulance Service has now declared a major incident, saying in a statement: “North West Ambulance Service has declared a major incident following a road traffic collision between a coach and a car on the M53 northbound at approximately 8.30 this morning.

“The trust dispatched a large number of resources to the scene, including ambulances, advances paramedics, our Hazardous Area Response team and a HEMS doctor.

“So far, one female patient has been taken to the hospital, suffering major trauma-related injuries. There are also nearly 50 other patietns being assessed at the scene. We are working closely with our incident partners to convey people away from the scene as quickly as possible.”

Local Councillor Sherin Akhtar, also confirmed the news and said she was ‘aware children are being taken to hospital as a precaution’.

She wrote in a Tweet: “I can confirm and am aware of an accident on the M53 this morning going towards the Wirral/ Birkenhead.

“It involves a Carvers coach ( W3) travelling to Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby Grammar school for girls.

“Whilst this is a live situation, I would like to assure residents that I am working on their behalf and offer support and will endeavour to update, as soon as possible. I am aware that children are being taken to Arrowe Park as precautionary.”

Merseyside Police said in a statement: “We can confirm that emergency services are on the M53 in Hooton following a collision involving a bus on the motorway.

“Just after 8am we received a report that a bus had struck a reservation on Junction 5 of the M53. Junctions 3-5 of the M53 are closed in both directions.

“Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is currently ensuring the safe removal of passengers and the driver, and North West Ambulance Service are at the scene attending to anyone requiring treatment.

“Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes, and we advise people to remain patient while the incident is ongoing. Enquiries are ongoing and updates will be issued as soon as possible.

“Please note this incident is ongoing and we are urging people to refrain from speculating or publishing any sensitive information that could be distressing online or via social media platforms.”

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Tributes pour in after body of ‘lovely’ missing man found by police

People have been posting their tributes to Charlie online

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Heartfelt tributes have been flooding in across social media platforms after the body of a 26-year-old man from Stockport was discovered by police.

Charlie Johnson, 26, was last seen at around 11.30pm in the Cheadle Hulme area of Stockport on Thursday, September 21st.

Greater Manchester Police launched an appeal to the public to help find him but sadly, officers confirmed they had discovered a body on Tuesday, September 26th during the search.

His next of kin have been informed and a file was passed on to the coroner.

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Detective Inspector Michael Jimenez, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with Charlie’s family at this difficult time, and we have specialist officers in place to support them. Thank you to those who shared our appeals.”

Following the tragic news, tributes have been paid online to honour the life of the ‘superb sportsman’ described by those who knew him as ‘a lovely lad’.

AFC Stockport, who Charlie briefly played for last season, posted on Facebook: It is with sad news that today we say RIP to Charlie Johnson who briefly played for the club last season.

“Charlie netted 9 goals in 7 appearances for our Rangers team. RIP Charlie – Our thoughts are with your family and friends.”

And Bosden Farm FC, based in Stockport, wrote on their Twitter page: “It is with great sadness we report the news on the passing of Charlie he was a huge part of Bosden Farm and was loved by everyone who met him.

“We will miss him so much. We send our condolences to his friends and family and ask that you respect their privacy at this moment in time.”

Upon hearing the sad news, Mary Brooks-Davies wrote: “Heartbroken. Charlie was such a lovely lad, remember him well when he was at primary school with my daughter. Love and gentlest hugs to his family xxxx.”

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In a tribute to Charlie, Badhrul Islam wrote: “Taught him as a lad. Can genuinely say none of my colleagues had a bad word to say.

“PE teachers remember him being a superb sportsman with a great attitude. Really well liked all round. Worked with his dad who was a thoroughly nice man. This is desperately sad news.”

Rachel Taylor wrote: “Thinking of all your family and friends at this sad time, RIP Charlie xx.”

And Callum Lawson wrote: “R.I.P Charlie.”

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Three Wilko stores in Greater Manchester reopening as Poundland this weekend

Three out of the 10 stores set to reopen this weekend are in Greater Manchester

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This weekend, three former Wilko stores will reopen as Poundlands in Greater Manchester.

Following the collapse of Wilko last month, 10 stores are set to reopen as Poundland outlets this weekend, after being bought out by the budget retailer.

Poundland owner Pepco agreed to purchase 71 Wilko stores from administrators PwC earlier this month.

The company plans to rebrand and open them under its own by the end of the year.

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Another rival retailer, B&M, bought 51 Wilko stores in a deal of around £5 million, and plans to also reopen them under its own brand.

In Greater Manchester, the three Wilko locations which will be reopening as new Poundland sites are at The Mall on Church Street in Eccles, The Peel Centre, on Great Portwood Street in Stockport, and on Lord Street, in Leigh.

The seven other sites set to reopen this weekend are across Stafford, Nelson, Barking, Southport, Maidenhead, Jarrow and Scunthorpe.

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Family-owned company Wilko ran 400 shops and employed around 12,500 staff when it brought in administrators PwC last month. The company, which was founded in 1930, folded under the pressure of cuts in consumer spending, due to the cost-of-living crisis, and debts owed to suppliers.

All Wilko stores will close resulting in thousands of staff redundancies, as its remaining shops shut on October 8th.

Poundland has encouraged Wilko staff to apply for new job roles with its chain and have assured them they will be made a priority.

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