Brief history of the frozen Manchester road

The bloor viaduct has become an ice rink

At around 11am on Saturday, August 11 a group of snowboarders took to the waterside streets of Fleet Street for a photo shoot that would go viral.

The reason for the formation and history of the Blanket of Snow was simply that a photo engineer was working on the bloor viaduct, and hired out the chair lift for a snap, preparing the area for the snow blowing onshore to hit the road.

Yes, those rink blades made the place rock.

Unfortunately the resulting shot was not celebratory in nature, but nor was it intended to be — that was just the photographer’s intention.

Walking along the aisles of Fleet Street on the same day, The Crittenden Column that celebrates our maritime heritage, turned an icy glaze over the road as tarmac cooled for four days.

While the snow wasn’t as deep, it certainly wasn’t the lightest of falls.

As you’d expect, Fleet Street is no stranger to snow.

But on August 11 the flakes more than met the relentless walkways.

There was an immediate social media backlash, but when the sky cleared – and the inevitable temperatures lifted – the situation became more complicated.

The Accrington by the bridge was parcelled out on the same day for quick-thinking scooter use, and on Monday, August 13, police revealed that ice had been reported on top of council front doors.

On the Tuesday, police said the surfaces around it had frozen, leaving footways slicker than the seaside, as the Lakes and Wyre Rivers and North Sea began a journey of discontent towards the north and central regions.

Initially when it happened, we’d asked the North West Ambulance Service about any injury reports.

On Tuesday, we weren’t surprised to hear that the network had no questions, just compliments.

Just what you’d expect from the city of Manchester in August.

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