Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 17 December, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be getting into the festive mood (before next week’s Christmas special) with a selection of Christmas Crackers.

Once again, I’ve dipped into my folder of oddities – those little slice-of-life stories I collect, which might not make it into the history books but are still very entertaining and interesting. Rather than choosing a place to focus on this week, I’ve chosen a season! All the stories on this week’s show will be about Christmas in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Expect complaints about the weather, nostalgia for Christmases past, Orthodox celebrations in Higher Broughton, beer-less celebrations in Crumpsall, complaints about the weather, and suspiciously suntanned police officers in Bury. Oh, and complaints about the weather. The stories on this week’s show span over 120 years, but there’s something reassuring in their consistency. So tune in for some very Mancunian Christmas Crackers!

As well as these festive crackers, of course I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on this week’s show.

Catch A Helping of History on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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