Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. On this week’s show, I’ve decided to return to one of the stories from last week’s Three Tales of Old Alkrington show, as I’m not sure I completely did it justice.

On last week’s show, I told the story of a mob of fortune-tellers and mediums that descended on Alkrington in January 1842. Mostly, I was interested in the Manchester Courier‘s investigation into the techniques employed by these suspicious characters. However, this meant I didn’t get chance to talk much about the incident that provoked this sudden craze: the singular disappearance of the old man from Jumbo. And that seems unfair.

On this week’s show, I’m going to return to this story and share a bit more information about this sad story. It doesn’t have a happy ending, so I thought it would be fitting to share the conclusion. I don’t know a lot about the missing man, but I’ll be talking about what I’ve found out about him and the world of Jumbo (later Middleton Junction) where he lived.

In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers (where you can find out about ‘The Chocolate Code’).

Catch the show 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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