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Prestwich and Altrincham named some of the best places to live in 2022

Both areas were commended for their bustling high streets and markets, as well as their food and drink offerings

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In The Sunday Times’ definitive list of the best places to live in 2022, two Greater Manchester locations reigned supreme.

The newspaper’s annual Best Places to Live list is compiled through a number of factors that make for an idyllic neighbourhood, whether it be the number of pubs available or the accessibility to local beauty spots.

This year in the wake of the pandemic, the list took a focus on the health of the local high street, the performances from local schools and broadband speeds thanks to the new-found importance of working from home.

Ilkley in West Yorkshire was ultimately crowned as the best place to live in the UK, with Lancashire town Trawden coming in at second place. 

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And while they didn’t come out as the winners, two Greater Manchester towns made it onto the prestigious as two of the best places in the whole region. 

Here’s what had to be said…


Altrincham’s now famed high street and market were two of the main factors for its place in the list, with the recent rejuvenation of the market transforming ‘a posh but dead dormitory suburb into a sociable place for the affluent families’.

The Times described Alty market as ‘the star’, pointing out that on most days of the week,  there is no need for locals to look elsewhere for fresh produce.

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Another one of Alty’s trump cards is its variety of great green spaces, which includes the ‘glorious gardens and deer park’ of Dunham Massey, Stamford Park and walking trails down by the River Bollin. 

The town’s situation in the region was also noted, with trams reaching the city centre in twenty-five-minutes and a drive to Manchester Airport taking just fifteen minutes down the M6.

Altrincham also boasts some of the ‘best schools in the land’, with more than fifteen Ofsted-outstanding primaries being situated within three miles of the town.

However, the postcode does carry with it an expensive price tag, with the article admitting: “Money no object? Today, residents are more likely to be fancily paid footballers.”

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Terraced houses on a more affordable scale can be found on the leafy streets near Stamford Park or the Downs, but still starting from a hefty price of £450,000.


The Sunday Times described Prestwich as ‘Manchester’s funkiest family suburb’ thanks to its interesting mix of old and new, no-frills joints and ‘star’ tram connections to and from the city centre. 

Bury New Road gets a special mention in the piece, with the writer noting how you can ‘hardly move here for craft beers, cocktails, oat lattes and smoothies’, something that can give you an idea of the new demographic.

When it comes to food and drink, Keg, Cask & Bottle and Grape to Grain all get a mention, as well as Osma, ‘an upmarket Scandi restaurant’ which features in the Michelin Guide 2022.

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They also commended the high street’s wonderful mix of old and new, which has with everything you need ‘from a Greggs’ sausage roll to sourdough and organic veg at the Village Greens co-operative’.

In terms of transport, ‘the tram is the star’, with it running from Prestwich and Heaton Park into the centre of Manchester in just twenty minutes. Cyclists can also reach the city in thirty minutes, which is about the same amount of time it would take by car. 

If for those looking to buy with ‘big bucks’, the grand detached properties on Sheepfoot Lane will be first choice.

Otherwise, Prestwich proves to be a much more affordable choice than Altrincham, with the average house price for the area being a reasonable £246,000. 

Read The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list here.


Woman left fuming after boyfriend ‘told he’s too old’ to get into Manchester bar

‘I’m quite disturbed by the whole event.’

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A woman has been left ‘fuming’ after her 48-year-old partner was denied entry into a Manchester city centre bar for being ‘too old’.

The reveller, who asked to remain anonymous, claims she and her boyfriend were stopped from entering Revolucion de Cuba on Peter Street by a member of security, in the early hours of Sunday, January 22nd.

The woman claims that when she accused the member of the door staff of being discriminatory and began filming the incident on her phone, he threatened to assault her. He then pushed her and knocked the phone out of her hand, she says.

A spokesperson for Revolution De Cuba said they were ‘appalled’ to hear about the incident, and confirmed the security staff member in question no longer works for the firm.

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Video footage from the incident shows the member of security lunging for the woman’s phone before the filming cuts out.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the woman said the whole incident had left her feeling ‘disturbed’, saying: “We went out quite late and we got to the door of Revolution De Cuba at about 2.15am.

“We went up to the door, and the doorman asked me who I was with. My partner is 10 years older than me. He pointed to him and said ‘no, too old.’ He doesn’t even look 48 but they determined he was too old to go in. There were a lot of young girls going in.

“I asked for their Security Industry Authority number and said it was discrimination. He just said ‘oh you’re too drunk.’ I don’t understand where he got that from but it’s just a standard response isn’t it?”

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The woman said the member of security refused to give his SIA number and that she began filming the doorman on her phone, saying: “One of the bouncers, a big guy, said if I filmed him he would assault me.

“I was filming and the bouncer came over and hit my phone out of my hand. I said it didn’t matter what he did with my phone as it was all backed up.

“I’m quite disturbed by the whole event. I rang the police and they said if it’s not an ongoing emergency I needed to call ‘101’, but I haven’t done that yet.”

A spokesperson for Revolucion de Cuba said: “We were appalled to hear about this incident – the safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us and we demand that everyone is treated fairly and with respect at all times.

“Following our immediate investigation into the incident, the individual concerned is no longer employed by our security firm, Professional Security, and will not be working at any of our venues in the future.”

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Millionaire who makes ‘£7,000 in sleep’ has supercar vandalised while at meeting in Manchester

He was in a business meeting when his £100k Audi was vandalised.

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A crypto millionaire, who claims he makes thousands of pounds in his sleep, says he is ‘gutted’ after finding his £100,000 car vandalised with insults.

Waseem Khan, 20, says he made his fortune trading crypto currency, and used his earnings to buy a new Audi R8 V10 — which he purchased just three months ago. 

The entrepreneur has garnered thousands of followers and views on TikTok, where he recently featured in a video on the infamous Wakey Wines account. Waseem parked his car in Leeds overnight and then came to Manchester for a business meeting.

Speaking to Leeds Live about his experience, he said: “I left town last night, around 11, 12ish. I got called for a business meeting, they said they were gonna pick me up and go to Manchester, so I left my car in the city centre.

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“I didn’t think about where I had parked it, came home this afternoon, and I went to get my car and it has been fully vandalised, and I thought it is definitely someone that knows me or something.”

When he returned to Leeds the next day, Waseem found his three-month-old car vandalised with the word ‘die’, with graffiti also branding him a ‘show off’ and a ‘virgin’.

He went on to say: “It just shows, even if you are doing something good in life, there is a lot of hate. I don’t really have any enemies, I think a lot of people just can’t see someone young, do good you know? I have a supercar at 20, they can’t put up with it.”

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While he was still ‘gutted’ when he saw the car, he insisted it’s not going to ‘phase him’ adding: “I thought I could take it off, I took it to the car wash and it was not coming off, that is when I started worrying that it needed a paint job or a new wrap sheet.

“It’s not going to phase me, they did it when I wasn’t there, if I was there I don’t think they would have had the urge to do anything like that.

“I would just like to say to them, what you have done is very low and pathetic and childish, you just cannot see someone young doing well, it is just pathetic, they could be following their own dreams instead of destroying someone else’s”.

Khan went on to claim the car was ‘not much of a loss’ as he can ‘make £6-7,000 in [his] sleep’, but he claimed the vandalism was an example of attracting ‘a lot of good people and a lot of bad people’ on social media.

He added: “I would like the person that did it, to come forward.”

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Two mums booked £23 flights to Lanzarote for a day

‘What more do you need hun? Book the flight!’

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Two mums have gone viral on TikTok after they spontaneously booked flights to Lanzarote for a day out and had the time of their lives.

The best friends, who have seven children between them, decided to book the 2,500 mile trip on a spur of the moment which cost just £23. They then took to social media to share their antics, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Posting to her TikTok account ‘@0nlymums’, one of the friends decided that a day in the Canary Islands was the best way to beat the ‘January blues’.

In the video clip, she said: “Well my weekend’s on the up because I’ve just booked a £23 flight to Spain for the day to blow off the January blues — me and the bestie — the packed lunch is made for the kids on Monday and I’ll be back at midnight!” 

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In another video, she shared photos of her living her best life on the island saying it was: “Better than a Sunday round Sainsbury’s!”

Then she urged others to be more spontaneous too, saying: “Ladies, if you only think you have a day to spare, make it count! You can absolutely do it.”

Describing the time of her life, she added: “We got up at 3.45am – we’ve had the best day in Lanzarote. We’ve been in the sea, had three sex on the beach cocktails, been to Zara – what more do you need hun? Book the flight!”

The video has gained over 600k views in 15 hours and the comment section is flooded with positive messages and love for the mums.

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