It’s the Easter weekend in Manchester. Well it’s the Easter weekend everywhere I suppose. And, as Good Friday is a holiday (in the true sense of the word for once), most of us are off. Monday is a national holiday as well and I’ve managed to get Tuesday off so won’t being back in work until Wednesday. A five day weekend! My future?

I caught the tram into the city centre. It was crowded. They had it on Sunday service on a day that everyone was out and about enjoying the city. It’s nowhere near as warm as last weekend, a much more usual April weekend for us. I needed to get some bits for the Easter weekend. OK, it was more chocolate. 

The Manchester Rubber Duck race was on. It’s become a permanent fixture in the city’s calendar, taking place on the River Irwell between Spinningfields and Manchester’s (well technically it’s Salford’s) new business district at New Bailey. It’s a fun, free event and a nice way to entertain the kids over Easter. It’s in its eight year. 

I decided to check it out. My route took me along Brazennose Street from Albert Square to Deansgate. The street takes you through Lincoln Square with the statue of the American president giving a drab space some dignity. I’ve seen plans to replace a rather gaunt, almost empty, 1960s office block on one side of the square. As well as a new building they will be realigning the square. It needs it. Let’s hope they do a good job on it like the have in St Peter’s Square. In the meanwhile some more of the cast iron planters I saw on New Cathedral Street have appeared here as well. I like them, they have class and the Manchester bees look good.

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