We are From Lancashire not Greater Manchester!

By: Karri Madelline

The creation of the new Greater Manchester Metropolitan County upset many residents in the old Lancashire townships.

Residents in Bolton, Oldham, Wigan and Rochdale felt that they were losing their native county and to this day most of them refer to themselves as Lancastrians.

Boltonians, Oldhamers, Wiganers and Rochdalians mourned the loss of Lancashire and refuse to except that they live in Greater Manchester.

The organisation ‘Friends of Real Lancashire’ was created to show opposition to the new Greater Manchester Metropolitan County.

Disgruntled members of the Friends of Real Lancashire purport, ‘Our County is called Lancashire, not Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside or part of Cheshire’.

Greater Manchester Metropolitan County created in 1974 as an administrative entity. It was stated that the title Greater Manchester was largely a convenient entity created for practical administrative purposes such as gaining postal and political distinction.

All the 10 metropolitan borough towns have a real confederation and act as one body in most cases.

The Greater Manchester Metropolitan County consists of two cities and eight boroughs.

The new Metropolitan boundaries included Manchester and Salford as two separate cities in their own right.

Six former County Boroughs, Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Rochdale and Wigan, where renamed as towns.

The City of Manchester was surrounded by the County Boroughs, Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan.

All the five boroughs were located in Lancashire that was mainly to the north and west of the City of Manchester, with Stockport situated in the County of Cheshire.

The county town is Preston and is also the administrative centre of the county.

Tameside and Trafford were the newly introduced boroughs that do not geographically exist.

The City of Manchester and Salford are independent of county status and are both cities of Greater Manchester.

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