Manchester Icons: Guess the Manc!
From the worker bees of the Industrial Revolution to the musical geniuses of the 80s and beyond, Manchester has produced some pretty fine people, and we’re fiercely proud of our greatest exports.
Our talented Head of Digital Design (unfortunately not born and bred MCR!) came up with some Manchester icons for our latest MailChimp campaign, so we thought we’d have some fun and see if you if you can guess the Manc.
Scroll down for the answers!
Alright so Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown was technically born in Warrington, but there’s no doubting he’s a Manchester icon. The Roses grew to prominence in the ’80s and ’90s, winning the hearts of music fans in the UK and beyond.
Did you know?: Before getting into music, Ian Brown was a keen karate fighter.
Noel is the older and, some would say, grumpier of the Gallagher brothers, who rose to fame through Oasis. Noel recently drew criticism from his brother after not making at appearance at the ‘One Love’ benefit concert, but he is set to headline the reopening of the Manchester Arena.
On modern music: (Talking about Harry Styles’ first single.) “My cat could have written in about 10 minutes!”
Younger brother Liam is best known for his raspy voice, iconic sunglasses and fiery temper. Renowned for getting into bar fights, hurling chairs at his brother and head-butting fans, we reckon he just wants to be loved.
Did you know: When Liam first met Mick Jagger, he tapped him on the shoulder and did an impression of him. After he said: “He’ll respect me more for that.”
Alan Turing OBE grew up in London, but following the Second World War began working at the University of Manchester, where he helped to develop the Manchester Computers. Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality, and was chemically castrated before taking his own life just two years later.
Did you know: There is a memorial statue of Turing in Sackville Park, between the University of Manchester and Canal Street.
Mark ‘Bez’ Berry is most famous for shaking his maracas, dancing and shouting ‘You’re twistin’ my melon man’ in Madchester band the Happy Mondays. Notable highlights include falling off the stage in the Hacienda and putting Acid in the cut before running back out to carry on dancing. Top lad.
Did you know: Bez is a keen beekeeper, and even has a hive on top of the Printworks.
Rubber-faced comedian Les Dawson is best known for his mother-in-law jokes and Northern wit. Les grew up in Collyhurst and worked in the parcels department of Manchester’s Co-op before moving into poetry, music and finally comedy. Dawson passed away after a heart attack in 1993.
On marriage: “I call my wife “Treasure”. She reminds me of something that’s just been dug up.”
Karl Pilkington, or the ‘Manc bald t**t’, as Ricky Gervais affectionately calls him, began his career working as a producer for Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s radio show on XFM. He soon became the subject of their attention though, and has since grown in notoriety for his moaning and cynical views of the world.
On architecture: “The Great Pyramid is overrated. Its a bad design. The lounge is going to be huge, but the bedroom is going to be tiny.”
Steven Patrick Morrissey rose to fame as the frontman of The Smiths, before launching a solo career. Today he’s a vocal vegetarian and animal rights activist, and often causes a stir with his provocative comments.
On extinction: “The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it’s not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It’s because of Beyoncé’s handbags.”
Best known for his cult comedy character Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan has been making audiences laugh since the 1980s. He’s also made his mark on the big screen, having starred in 24 Hour Party People, Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder and many other feature films.
Partridge on anatomy: “I don’t like big feet, reminds me of gammon.”
Actor Ben Kingsley was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Pendlebury, attending Manchester Grammar School as a boy. His fantastic film career began in 1972 with Fear Is The Key, but his best known parts came in Schindler’s List, Sexy Beast and Iron Man 3.
Did you know: His birth name is Khrishna Bhanji, but he switched his name to Ben Kingsley before developing a stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.