Sometimes I walk around blind. Many times I have walked up and down Balloon Street in Manchester, a thoroughfare that connects Shudehill Bus Station and Manchester Victoria Train Station.
I have even cast an absent thought in the direction of this street name, thinking it a little unusual without looking into it.
Just up or down it.
James Sadler, the first English aeronaut, made the first manned balloon ascent near to this spot. I’ve since discovered that he was accompanied by a cat. It seems that this poor feline remains anonymous, whitewashed from history.
All of this took place on the 12th of May, 1785.
I wonder if they’ve come down yet?