New square in Manchester’s co-op quarter needs a name

Let’s be honest, not all the press releases from the Co-operative Group make gripping reading. But here’s one that has caught my eye.

The ‘co-operative quarter’ in Manchester, just beside Victoria Station, is undergoing a facelift at the moment, with dirty streets being newly paved and a town square created on what was once an unprepossessing warehouse building. It’s a mess at the moment but will certainly look better when it’s done.

The Group and the developers are now inviting the public to come up with a name for the new square. I think the name should have a strong co-op connection, and have sent in my own suggestion (since you ask, I’m suggesting Neale Square, after the co-op leader and long-serving General Secretary of the Co-operative Union Edward Vansittart Neale, since the other great Victorian co-op leader George Jacob Holyoake already has his name given to Holyoake House next door).

You can offer suggestions too. Details here.


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