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We asked you what that horrible smell in Manchester is – and it turns out you have LOTS of theories

We’ve had many foul odours in Manchester over the years. But this one, well, this one was special.

The Stench started in the city centre but had soon extended its pongy tendrils to the leafy suburbs and well beyond.

Across the South, North, East and West of the region not a nostril was safe.

They smelt it West Gorton, they smelt it in Collyhurst, they smelt it in Ancoats, they smelt in Ashton and Swinton and Prestwich and Little Hulton and Davyhulme and Chadderton and Salford and Sale and Stretford. They even smelt it in Chorlton. Chorlton for goodness sakes!

In desperation we turned to you, the good people of the internet, for your explanations – and it turns out you have theories.

Lots and lots of theories.

The most widely given explanation related to muck spreading

Beverley Skarbinski Bradley , was one of many who commented on our Facebook page drawing our attention to a petition that’s been started against the spreading of sewerage sludge and slurry near to residential areas.

One such area is Westhoughton where some people claimed the ‘orrible odour had got so bad that they had been forced to close their windows.

According to reports a farmer had spread ‘material’ from a sewarage farm on his fields.

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This theory is supported by the many comments from readers claiming the city ‘smelt like a farm’.

On the subject of sewage (not a sentence I thought I’d be writing today), there were other theories.

Jack Fletcher said: “M.E.N. – it’s something to do with one of the sewage plants. They’re having work done so are unable to process”.

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Colette Donlan said something similiar claiming that a sewage plant in Davyhulme was responsible dubbing the stench “absolutely vile”.

Tanya Petrena Headley thinks it might have something to do with the fact that drainage grids are blocked.

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Eddy Ned Cummins also reckons it’s something to do with the water treatment plants.

Holly Honeyford has a fascinating theory – that it is fact to do with the school holidays. Stay with us. She says: “This happened last year, they’d muck spread on school fields whilst it was the holidays but apparently used chicken muck which smells worse, it’s grim!”

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Stefan Camps said “Did you really have to post this at teatime? Idiots.”

Not a theory but a strong opinion.

So there you go – by a significant margin readers think it’s something to do with the sewage works. And if not the drains, muck spreading or the school holidays.

We’re determined to get to the bottom of this one – keep your theories coming…

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