Sunday 4th October, caught the 10.20 from Bradford Interchange to Manchester Victoria - the slow train. It turned out to be a jolly affair. Bradford People’s Coalition Against the Cuts had bought a group ticket. We were on our way to join the TUC anti-austerity protest outside Tory Party Conference, that was being held at ‘Manchester Central Conference Centre’. We passed gaping mouthed travellers on platforms at Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Littleborough and Rochdale. They had never witnessed so many passengers on their early Sunday morning train. The train that time forgot - full.
The streets of Manchester were eerily quite when we arrived just before 12.00. The city centre was populated by tabard wearing, placard carrying demonstrators stumbling their way to Oxford Road amid the debris of the new tram line, metal security screens surrounding the conference venue, and lines of yellow jacketed police.
It was liberating to wander the centre of Manchester without cars, vans, lorries, bikes and power crazed cyclists. We fell lucky - bars we stumbled across served excellent coffee, contained good company and ample seating (important to those of a certain age). We managed by luck rather than judgement to be at the front of the wave of marchers seeking similar respite and refreshment.
After much good humour and sunshine we returned to Victoria station where I took these photos showing so called ordinary places as celebrated destinations.