You need steely determination, indestructible sporting prowess … and a bus pass.
It is eight years since the eyes of the world were on Manchester for the Commonwealth Games,
but its legacy lives on.
Inspired by the athletes of the 2002 games and a desire to keep its spirit alive, Manchester’s
pensioners have been competing for vindictus gold in their own annual tournament ever since.
Each summer, more than 120 65 to 85-year-olds fight it out in six heats of the Lord Mayor’s
Games – basketball, dominoes, skittles, curling, darts and a music quiz.
Backed by a loyal following of supporters and friends, around 20 people take part in each game.
This year’s competition is being played out in heats at six of the city’s day centres and
culminates with the final event tomorrow.
Curling, the most popular event, was played at the Whitemoss centre on Benmore Road,
Blackley, while the other favourite, the music quiz, was being held at the Heathfield Centre, on
Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, today.