New Manchester Walks is run by Sue Grimditch, Salford-born Manchester Green Badge Guide and London Blue Badge Guide, and Ed Glinert, one of the country’s most prolific tour guides who works in Manchester, Liverpool and London, is an experienced journalist (ten years on Private Eye) and respected author for Penguin Books, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury.
Founder of City Life, former staff writer for Private Eye and one-time production editor of the rock ‘n’ roll magazine Mojo, Ed is also a celebrated author whose recent Manchester Compendium was described by the Independent newspaper as a “superb work of in-depth research and dry Northern wit”. This irked Ed a little for he hails from London, Dalston no less, though he has lived in Manchester for 36 years.
Ed’s books have been published by Penguin (The London Compendium, The Manchester Compendium), HarperCollins (London’s Dead) and Bloomsbury. He has also edited the Sherlock Holmes stories, the complete Gilbert & Sullivan libretti and George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of A Nobody for Penguin Classics. His life ambition is to complete The Manchester Encyclopaedia so that the city has an accurate, interesting and beautifully-written history.
Salford-born Sue has the cv of a supreme bonne vivante. She has PR’ed for Peter Stringfellow, DJ’ed on the Costa Brava, croupiered at Manchester’s Playboy Club and run her own restaurant where she once cooked for Dire Straits and their people – all 45 of them. She is also the most qualified of the NMW guides: a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and a London Blue Badge guide. She now cannot wait to show you around revitalised, regenerated and re-energised Manchester and Salford.
Steve Bourne has decades of experience in the travel industry and has worked on five continents. He hails from that most southern of northern outposts, Wilmslow, which holds him in good stead for the tours of the Airport he regularly takes for school groups. Steve is the most popular New Manchester Walks’ guide: none of us have had letters in the Manchester Evening News swooning over a tour. His pub walks are legendary and longer-lasting than the aftertaste of a pint of Chester’s mild.
John is a talented pianist and Green Badge guide who specializes in walks with an industrial, art and political theme, dealing with mills, canals, Lowry and Valette, markets, warehouses, railways and ragged schools. With over 10 years experience in schools and 20 in further education as a lecturer, he is the ideal guide for any student group studying social and economic history. He is also a trained classical musician and currently lectures in music, and fine and performing arts. His walks are highly entertaining, and he brings his skills of communication and motivation into a series of refreshing and stimulating views of the city.