Manchester is a melting pot of different cultures and identities, which means it’s hard to define what it really means to be Mancunian.
Every city has its stereotypes and Manchester is no exception. Famous Mancunians have contributed to what non-Mancunians think of us over the years, but we don’t all wear parkas, bucket hats and call each other “ar’kid.”
While we should not let the opinions of other people (or this article) define who we are, there are certain common experiences that many Mancunians share. Here are some of the everyday things that we think you may find familiar.
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1. Pointed out the former Hacienda to visiting non-Mancs
Whether you were there or not, the legacy of the Madchester era and the glory days of the Hacienda nightclub are an important part of this city’s history. The club is now a block of flats, but if you’re wandering down Whitworth Street, it is always worth pointing out this important cultural landmark. (Credit: Google Maps)
2. Stopped to check out a busker on Market Street
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3. Got or considered getting a Manchester bee tattoo
The symbolic worker bee can be seen on every street corner in Manchester and is a symbol of the city’s industriousness. There was a boom in Manchester bee tattoos in 2017 following the arena attack. Tattoo studios across the city were offering discounted Manchester bee tattoos as part of a fundraiser for the victims and their families. (Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
4. Seen a member of the Coronation Street cast IRL
When they’re not on the cobbles of Weatherfield, which is filmed at the ITV studios at Salford Quays, the cast of Coronation Street are ordinary Mancunians like us, which means you’re bound to spot one of them out shopping or at a restaurant at some point. (Getty Images)