Victorian Manchester, Comic-Con and A Fire at The Midland Hotel, a set on Flickr.
I booked myself on to a Redeye Photo Walk with Mark Watson an architectural photographer who’s also something of a historian. All was well until we approched The Midland Hotel when events turned rather surreal. ComicCon was on at G-Mex, but also a small fire had broken out at The Midland, plus a wedding party had just arrived. The hotel was evacuated and all the staff were directed to stand over the road with the ComicCon visitors. Several guests who were having a hen weekend spa treat were also evacuated and were hanging about on the street in their bath robes. It’s not quite what Mark had in mind. We photographers were momentarily distracted by all the action and deserted him to get photos. He was further upstaged later in the day by a massive Bono fan, being Bono in a shop doorway.