More of the most enduring myths about Manchester is that it always rains here. I’m not sure where this idea came from. I work in the city and it isn’t often that I have to pick up my brolly on the way out of the office. I suspect this stereotype has its roots in geography lessons at school – we learned about the history of the cotton industry in the north west and that one of the reasons it was successful was that its damp climate was suited to spinning cotton.
Anyway, the myth has been shattered by statistics from the Meteorological Office that shows that Manchester isn’t the rain capital of the UK, we’re not even in the top ten. Ray King in tonight’s Evening News has taken this as an opportunity to tackle a few other northern myths. Personally, I think we should keep quiet about it – if we’re not careful, we’ll be overrun with economic migrants from the south east!