Tears were shed and smiles beamed at last night’s glittering Pride of Manchester Awards. Held in one of the city’s iconic buildings, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on Oxford Street, stars and unsung heroes mingled as the best of the second city were celebrated.
The ceremony brought together football stars, soap icons, and TV royalty — all in the name of Manchester’s best. From brave police heroes to those who showed extraordinary kindness in the wake of tragedy, and selfless mine-clearing engineers, plus a host of child fundraisers, every aspect of the good in people was on show. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community “Welcome to the greatest night of the year in the greatest city in the world”, host Kym Marsh said to open proceedings.
The Coronation Street and Hear’Say star added: “We are delighted to be joined by familiar faces and our amazing winner. Tonight will make your hearts soar.
It will be an unforgettable evening.” Head of Event, Michelle Linaker, joked: “We do these events all over the country and there’s no better place than Manchester. “You cheer more, you laugh more, and you drink more!” The event was opened with a powerful performance from singer songwriter Emilie Marsh.