SO Urmston - Meet the Team
Marie Davis and Andrew Price live in Urmston (Marie was born at Park Hospital and grew up on Railway Road and Andrew moved across from Louth in Lincolnshire 6 years ago)
Marie in particular loves Urmston and all things associated with the town and surrounding areas. She recalls her childhood as the best years of her life - being the only girl of the family with 4 brothers in tow meant she got up to all sorts of playful mischief in her younger years; camping out on Davyhulme Park, riding on the mini train at Chassen and literally swinging off the seals which were a well-loved fixture in Urmston Precinct. On a Thursday night Marie and her brothers sat around anxiously waiting for the doorbell to ring - it was the Video Man, who usually had a crate of 'grown-up' films and a crate of 'family' films for them to choose from for the week (well, Marie got to choose every fifth week!)
When Marie 'grew up' she started work at Trafford General Hospital, within the Payroll department with her Mum. Whilst working at the Hospital (16 years) she saw a lot of changes to the Hospital and to Urmston Town. The Hospital lost its Maternity Unit shortly after Marie's daughter Lucy was born. Urmston lost some of its well-known institutions such as Kingspot (Marie's pocket money was blown in there week on week), Urmstat (for school-related purchases - Mum always paid for them) and the absolutely fabulous Curzon Cinema; even with its squeaky seats and no frills decor, it was still well-loved and it will always be remembered with fondness.
In more recent years, Marie worked at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in the Education Campus Management Team and two years ago, she left the NHS to open and run a vintage boutique in Altrincham called Didi's.
Andrew, who works in Media City as a Graphic Designer, loves the Urmston of today - with its growing eclectic mix of independent stores and bars such as Three Barrels, Prairie Schooner and Rose and Bumble to name a few; hidden gems such as Esteem, NailsXpress, Get Chucked and the modern Institution Woodalo. Both feel that Urmston is fast becoming on-par with the 'big guns' of the Manchester area, such as Chorlton and Altrincham. The indoor market and Artisan monthly markets, along with plenty of music and family-themed events are really putting Urmston on the map again, after a worrying few years.
Urmston has seen many celebrities visit in recent years too - a highlight for Marie and Andrew was meeting Astronaut Chris Hadfield at Urmston Grammar School (thanks to Urmston Bookshop) back in 2014.
Marie and Andrew have been wanting to create something for Urmston, featuring Urmston people and businesses for a while now and the opportunity has now arisen to do just that, through SO Urmston. They want to use the site to feature all the good things about this amazing town and the people within it.
If you are an Urmston-based business who would like to be featured on the new website, or if you are an Urmston resident who has a story to share (regarding Urmston of old, or new) then please do not hesitate to get in touch!