Past Appearances

Manchester College Graduation Day 2015



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The prestigious Bridgewater Hall was the setting for The Manchester College 2015 graduation ceremony. The event celebrated the success and achievements of 682 students who completed higher education qualifications at the College this year.

The students graduated from 55 courses in a range of subject areas including business, computing, creative and digital media, fashion, performing arts, sport and teaching.

Colin Jackson CBE, a former Olympic medal and world record holder in the 110 metres hurdles, was guest speaker at the ceremony. He spoke about his career in athletics in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, winning the Olympic silver medal at Seoul in 1988 and setting the world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles which stood for over a decade – and of course his appearance in Strictly Come Dancing!

We all have the power to make a difference.

His inspirational speech called on the graduates to “dare to dream”, as Daley Thompson had once told him.

Mary Blauciak, Vice Principal for Academic Studies and Higher Education, said: “On behalf of everyone at The Manchester College, I’d like to congratulate each and every one of our graduates on their fantastic achievement. Now is the time to grab the opportunities that come their way, use their abilities, their knowledge and skills. We all have the power to make a difference.

Transpennine Express customer service opening at Manchester Train Station


Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine brought her city centre restaurant and teashop to Manchester Piccadilly Station to serve up some treats to hungry commuters.Jennie, who plays Weatherfield favourite Fiz Brown, dished out delicious cakes, teas and other local delicacies to people passing through the station today.

The inter-city rail operator First TransPennine Express teamed up with the Bury-born actress, who owns Annie’s in Old Bank Street, to celebrate its recent Putting the Customer First accreditation – awarded for good practice – and the launch of its brand new customer centre in Manchester Piccadilly.

Gala Bingo/Coronation Street Record Breaker


It’s official. Gala Bingo is a record breaker. On Friday, 18th July 2014 a brand new record was created on the old set of Coronation Street at Quay Street in Manchester – Gala Bingo created the record for holding a bingo game with the largest bingo balls in the world.

Lots of people were there to see history created – Gala Bingo players who won a place at the event, reporters, Gala Bingo staff, Corrie tour guides – even unsuspecting tourists who just wanted to explore the old Coronation Street set were included to ensure that nothing stood in the way of creating this brand new record.

Also on hand and playing a huge part in the proceedings were famous faces from the past from Coronation Street itself. Shobna Gulati (Sunita Alahan), Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock), Sherrie Hewson (Maureen Webster) and Adam Rickitt (Nick Tilsley) were all great sports and ensured that the bingo balls were delivered in fine style from the bedrooms of some very famous Corrie houses.

Steven Arnold delivered the balls from the Rovers Return; Adam Rickitt was in the Barlows bedroom at No1; Sherrie Hewson was in No5 where Chesney Brown and Kirk Sutherland usually reside and Shobna Gulati looked a picture in the window of the blue and yellow stone clad property of Tyrone Dobbs.

Alison Hammond from This Morning was the presenter and as the celebrities deleivered the bingo balls into the street they were collected and delivered to the holding point by TOWIE’s Charlie King.