Greater Manchester Celebrates its 40th Birthday!

Manchester 40th birthday

This year our beloved city of Manchester celebrated 40 years as an official region. On the 1st of April 1974, ten boroughs, which had formally been part of Cheshire and Lancashire, became one.
So to celebrate 40 years of this much-loved region of our home city, we’ve collected a few fun facts on the area that you may not know!


20 Facts About Greater Manchester


1- Greater Manchester has four professional orchestras.


2- Manchester airport is the third busiest in the UK.


3- Greater Manchester has the highest number of theatre seats per head of population outside London.


4- There are 98 train stations.


5- The county’s average annual rainfall is 806.6 millimetres compared to the UK average of 1,125 millimetres.


6- More people live in Greater Manchester than live in Kosovo or Johannesburg.


7- Cheshire and Lancashire used to be separated by the River Mersey.


8- Before 1974 Wigan was one of only four royal boroughs in the county.


9- More than twenty Nobel prize winners have come from Greater Manchester.


10- Greater Manchester is the third most visited place in the UK and the second in England, after London.


11- Manchester Airport is used by over 19 million international travelers each year! There’s certainly plenty to be made by airport taxi drivers in this city!


12- Oldham was Winston Churchill’s first parliamentary seat when he stood as a Liberal in 1900 and is the birthplace of the world’s first test tube baby, Louise Brown in 1978.


13-The Rochdale Pioneers opened the first Cooperative shop in Toad Lane in 1844.


14- Wigan is home to the annual World Pie Eating Championship.


15- On 26 September 1916, Bolton was the target for one of the first aerial offensives in history. A Zeppelin of the Imperial German Navy, dropped 21 bombs on the town.


16- In 2007, the Church of Scientology bought the Old Trafford Essence Distillery on


17- Chester Road and planned to turn it into a place of worship and religious instruction.


18- The plans were rejected by Trafford Council.


19- Football brought in around £330 million worth of economic benefit to the area in 2013.


20- The reason so many of us still use Cheshire/Lancashire on our address is that Greater Manchester was not added as a Royal Mail postal county until 1996.


So there we have just a small selection of the many interesting facts about Greater Manchester, one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in the UK, and home to Speed Coueirs!
As always, for a fast and reliable couriers service that you can bank on, be sure to call us today on 0161 877 2000!

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