Tony Longshaw at Burnage Library – The Blue, Black and Green Plaques of Manchester

We welcomed back Tony Longshaw this afternoon to complete some unfinished business, finishing our virtual tour of the commemorative plaques located around Manchester.

Tony was an authoritative guide, talking us through all manner of sights, locations and historical figures, all while detailing the processes behind the plaques’ selection, manufacture and installation. Of particular interest were the plaques of ‘our own’ Louis Paulhan and the Daily Mail air race to Manchester; Ellen Wilkinson’s plaque in Ardwick; the fantastic Christian Science Church in Victoria Park by Edgar Wood; Sam Wild’s plaque not far away on Birch Hall Lane, and the ‘building within a building’ at the Church of St. Cross in Clayton. The ‘Shudehill Fight’ plaque on the Arndale Centre also raised a murmur!

Our sincere thanks to Tony for his time, and again giving us a fact-packed two hours. Why not call in next week when we welcome Burnage boy Eddie Morgan?