So nine months down the drain re­veals Slim Pick­ings

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AN ur­ban ex­plorer has cre­ated an amaz­ing look at Greater Manch­ester’s sew­ers – with thou­sands of pho­to­graphs over months of in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­der­ground.

The se­quence, which has been made into a video, con­sists of more than 5,000 images taken over nine months of ven­tur­ing un­der­ground around Manch­ester and Traf­ford.

The cre­ator of the video, known only as ‘Sub­storm­flow’ on­line, wanted to re­main anony­mous. He said he be­gan ex­plor­ing Manch­ester’s sew­ers af­ter spot­ting an open man­hole cover near Corn­brook – and de­cided to climb in­side.

He now be­lieves he has ex­plored more than 110 drains and sew­ers around Greater Manch­ester, some dat­ing back over 100 years, such as ‘The Hulme Flume’ lead­ing to the River Ir­well and built in 1913.

Oth­ers in­clude those around the River Bollin in Macclesfield and ‘ Hyde Falls’ – tun­nels off the River Tame.

But he says his favourite sewer so far is one nick­named ‘Slim Pick­ings’ off the River Med­lock in Manch­ester.

He said: “Slim Pick­ings has the amaz­ing brick­work and ex­plor­ing some­where pre­vi­ously un­seen by public eye.

“Thank­fully noth­ing has hap­pened per­son­ally.

“Ex­plor­ing in pairs, not go­ing un­der­ground when there’s bad weather and tak­ing a gas de­tec­tor helps man­age the risk.

“Ul­ti­mately, though, they can be danger­ous places and best stayed away from.”

●●Pic­tures of sew­ers un­der the city taken by ur­ban ex­plorer ‘Sub­storm­flow’ who cre­ated Drains of Manch­ester

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