Saturday, January 23, 2016
Kitten at New Islington
A couple of weeks ago I was exploring the marina at New Islington which caters for boats on both the Ashton and Rochdale Canals but without providing an access between them. As I was there a little kitten appeared and started its own investigation of me.
I'm not sure whether black cats are supposed to be lucky or not but afterwards I made my way through Ancoats heading for a main road. As I cut across the area I encountered a large group of mainly adult males chanting "We are going out" coming towards me. I crossed the road and headed away from them. A few moments later I heard them running up the street followed by police cars with their sirens wailing. I was a couple of streets away and photographing an old church and a derelict pub by then. It was obviously all kicking off and my thoughts were to get away from the vicinity. There was a young couple nearby who had also been taking photographs of the buildings. Their car was parked nearby and I asked them for a lift out of the area. Fortunately they agreed and dropped me off near Piccadilly railway station.
I later heard on the news that they were so-called football fans and the police "kettled" them. See the news report on Manchester Evening News. I guess in the end I was indeed lucky.
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