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True Grit: Discovering the great spirit of Greater Manchester

Standing in the quaint parlour of a 19th-century villa in Manchester, I’m suddenly painfully aware of my scruffiness. I’m tugging at yet another loose thread on the sleeve of my yellow jumper, briefly wishing I’d put more effort into getting dressed this morning. Alas, my battered Converse look much greyer than their purchase day, and my second-day hair has been thrown up hastily into a pony. It’s not that the room is particularly elegant (quaint would be a better description),…

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