19 Facts About Greater Manchester

1. Greater Manchester eyes 52 NHS sites for 1,700 new homes.

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2. Greater Manchester Evening News—12:32 PM GMT October 27, 2018 Over £360,000 separated the most and least expensive property sales in September The Grimsby Telegraph—06:00 AM GMT November 04, 2018 More than £300,000 between the most and least.

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3. Greater Manchester United reveal online target for world-class signings: 'To win on the pitch, we have to win off it'.

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4. Greater Manchester continues to be associated with guitar and dance music.

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5. Greater Manchester is a centre for musical education, via the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham's School of Music.

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6. Greater Manchester has four professional orchestras, all based in Manchester.

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7. Greater Manchester has the highest number of theatre seats per head of population outside London.

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8. As of 2012, Greater Manchester has no Michelin-starred restaurants, but three eateries in the Bib Gourmand category.

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9. Greater Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games which was, at a cost of £200M for the sporting facilities and a further £470M for local infrastructure, by far the biggest and most expensive sporting event held in the UK and the first to be an integral part of urban regeneration.

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10. Greater Manchester lies at the heart of the North West transport network.

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11. Greater Manchester is covered by the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Salford and Shrewsbury, and the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

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12. Greater Manchester has a population of 2,798,800, making it the third most populous county in England after Greater London and the West Midlands and the highest ever for the county.

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13. The first Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester was Sir William Downward who held the title from 1974 to 1988.

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14. Greater Manchester is a ceremonial county with its own Lord-Lieutenant who is the personal representative of the monarch.

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15. Greater Manchester experiences a temperate maritime climate, like most of the British Isles, with relatively cool summers and mild winters.

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16. Greater Manchester is a landlocked county spanning 493 square miles.

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17. The name Greater Manchester was adopted, having been favoured over Selnec by the local population.

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18. Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2,798,800.

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19. Greater Manchester United review Old Trafford security after fan brings toy guns to game.

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