Salford spectacle

The time after Christmas and before New Year is a strange void. One of my greatest desires is to escape the house and the excesses of the festive season with a nice brisk walk.

On this particular afternoon I crossed the canal into Salford, Manchester’s twin city. I wanted to visit a hydraulic platform depot, where a whole family of ‘cherrypickers’ sit tall, glancing up at the sky.

And then the sun began its downward journey. Before long, it was filled with a blazing splash of scarlet clouds and gave the machinery a breathtaking backdrop. The nearby Bridgewater Canal became a golden bath.

The sunset on Sunday 29 December was witnessed by many people in Manchester and beyond. It made a simple leg-stretching exercise worthwhile and very memorable indeed.

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