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Gallery: The Yard, Manchester launch party

Gallery: The Yard, Manchester launch party

Words by Natasha Young | Photography by Manchester City Council / Mark Waugh

Footballing legend Kevin Keegan and poet Tony Walsh were among special guests at the launch of a new North Manchester creative space.

Local entrepreneurs Mark and Jo Hamburger, Manchester City Council and partners invested in The Yard – a new space for aspiring artists, designers, photographers and actors to grow their talent and start businesses.

A former Jewish school building in Strangeways has been brought back to life with state of the art facilities through the project.

Former Newcastle United, Manchester City and England manager Keegan declared the hub open during the event, which featured live performances from Mancunian artists and an impressive cake by Rosie Dummer, aka Rosie Cake Diva.

The Yard comprises gallery and performance space, a sound and recording studio, workspace open to fashion designers and photographers, and flexible co-working space for start-up businesses.