In February last year, we celebrated our 13th birthday. Unlucky 13. Maybe it was too much to hope that we would get through year 13 unscathed. So it was no real shock when in August we were given the devastating news that our time at Alter Ego had to come to an end. The venue was to change hands and be taken in a different direction.
We are grateful to Chris, the new owner, for allowing us to stop these extra few months and in that time we have been searching tirelessly for a new home. We have made no secret of the fact that we want to own our own space, to provide a safe and lasting home for Alert! in Manchester. We have looked at dozens of venues, viewed countless properties, made offers on four, left no stone unturned, but at the moment there just isn’t a suitable building available to us anywhere that works.
Clearly there is a demand for what we offer. You guys have shown that, especially in the months since we found out we were leaving. You have shown your support; you’ve come out in force. You have been amazing.
You’ve been SO amazing in fact that when we were setting up for Alert! on Saturday November 4th, Chris asked us to stay at the venue for the foreseeable future. You managed to convince him that we are worth having around. You have changed his mind. You have shown him what an awesome bunch you are.
So, we will be back here next month, in our usual spot, which means we can go ahead and host the final of the Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy 2018 Competition as we had hoped. As well as our 1st Saturday each month we have also agreed dates for the skinhead weekend, for Manchester Rubbermen 2018 and Pride next year.
This is down to you. From all of the Alert! team, we thank you for your support and your faith in us and to Chris, we say thank you for trusting us.
Call to Arms
With the news that we can stay at Alter Ego (now called Night People) comes the exciting news that on our next Alert! we are to host the final of the Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy UK 2018 Contest, which follows heats at various other events during the weekend.
Of course, you don’t have to be a pup or handler to come along to the event and we will still have all our usual fun and games, but we are delighted to be part of this award and to help encourage a growing area of interest within our community.
To register to take part and for other details go to mrpuppy.org.uk
We are now planning events right through 2018, including the Manchester Rubbermen Weekend, Pride 2018, our birthday party and Manchester Gay Skinheads Weekend (see below).
Our first weekend in January will be an Alert! LITE which means we drop the dress code and offer a great way for newbies, virgins and the uninitiated to join the Alert! community. So ‘I don’t have any rubber’ ceases to be an excuse and this is a great opportunity to introduce your mates, if they have not had the gear to come to a full Alert!
Manchester Gay Skinhead Weekend and socials
We have had some enquiries about the annual MGS weekend. Due to changes in the management of the group that has been postponed and will now take place in February next year – coinciding with Alert!’s birthday so we will have a combined party then.
To tide you skinheads over though, the regular monthly MGS Socials which were originally held in Company Bar are now moving to join us at Alert! every month so we hope we can do our bit to try to regrow the skin community in the city.
Wherever Alert! ends up, the MGS socials will always have a home with us.