Travelling along an elevated section of the A57(M) on a Friday afternoon, the high rise buildings of Manchester appear into view. I love that sight – the first glimpse of the big city that you are about to visit. It builds a sense of anticipation about the trip and an excitement about what’s in …

I don’t really know Manchester very well. Having visited only a handful of times in my adult life to catch up with friends, for work visits or for gigs, I never had the opportunity to get to know the city. What I have seen in that handful of visits over, hmm … about 22 …