Friendship group finally make it out into the city

Members of the Out In The City friendship group were able to meet in person for the first time since lockdown began.

The group is a project – supported by Age UK Manchester – that brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities who are over 50 years of age.

The friendly social and support group, before lockdown, used to meet every Wednesday and have day trips every Thursday. The group have kept in touch by telephone and text but we have missed the face-to-face activities.

On 24 June the group organised their first social-distancing meet up since March and it coincided with group member David’s birthday.

Tony Openshaw, coordinator of the group, said: “Twenty-one people came to Sackville Gardens in the heart of Manchester’s gay village.

“The sun came out too as it was 30 degrees and we had to sit in the shade. We sat in small groups but it was a great experience after 12 or more weeks of lockdown.”

The group have decided to have another meet up in a fortnight on Wednesday 8 July from 1.00pm when there will be a further loosening of the lockdown restrictions. This will either be in Sackville Park again or outside a pub on Canal Street.

For more information visit our website or to contact the group go to

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