Mary Lunan

We were all saddened by the death of Mary Lunan, known to many as “Mary the legs”, after a short illness in January 2018. Mary managed Concord with great dedication over many decades and was an influential and inspirational personality within the transgender community. A friend and support to so many, she is greatly missed.
Concord was never the same without Mary. As past members, friends and supporters of Concord, we remain determined to reflect Mary’s approach towards transgender community activities in the future.

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Mary’s Blog

Welcome to Mary’s blog. The weekly blog for over 10 years has now been moved over to our now website. We apologies for formatting errors & the poor quality of some images. Over time we will attempt to correct and improve this section of the site, which represents an important part of Manchester history.

Wednesday the 1st of June 2016

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Early evening group

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Kate

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Melanie

As you can see we had a “RED DRESS” theme this evening and it proved to be one of the most popular colours as most people who came had at least part of their outfit in red.
It was a lovely surprise to see Peta come in this evening as I had not seen her for many months. She tells me that even though she cannot make it very often, she keeps up with the website which enabled her to fit in with this evening’s theme. Welcome back Peta it was good to talk with you again.
The red cupcakes shown below were the idea of Joanna who is on the left of the next picture. Thanks Joanna they were good.
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Peta

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Cupcakes

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Joanna, Vanessa, Pauline & Sonia

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Paula & Lynn

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Hannah & Nikki

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Vanessa & Frances

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Nikki & Suzanne

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Whitney

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Kate, Heather, Lisa & Helen

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Iris & Clarissa

Sadly we have to say “au revoir” to Whitney who has been coming regularly to the club once a month for quite a long time now. She came over from Belgium to conduct some business in this country but unfortunately that has now finished, so she wont have a reason to get over here any more. She also wont be able to make it for Sparkle this year so we are unlikely to see her again in the near future. It was fun to get to know you Whitney. We will be sorry to see you go but we would like to wish you all the best for the future.


Wednesday the 20th of April 2016

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Lynn, Mica, Judith, Laura, Caitlin, Nikki, Carole, Milli, Sally, Mary

This week we had a Black and White theme which proved to be quite popular as can be seen by this picture.

It was great to welcome Laura, in the middle of the picture, who was here for her very first outing looking really good and confident.
It was also good to welcome Sally from Doncaster who had come a long way to take part in the evening.

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Paula

As you can see here Paula was also in a little black and white number that she picked up a few weeks ago in Primark, as you do.
I took both these pics just because the background in the first one was too light so the second one is better. She didn’t appear in the group picture because she had left to go walkabout before it was taken.

Below are a few more of the black and whites for a better view.

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Paula

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Caitlin

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Nikki

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Mary

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Milli

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Carole, Laura & Judith

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Frances

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Julia

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Heather

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Tim

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Dee

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Gwen, Bev, Linda, Frances & Marieanne

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Gwen

Dee, above, has been on the scene for longer than myself so it is always nice to see here continuing to support the club when she can.

Early in the evening Frances came into the restaurant at Villaggios where some of us were already eating and said that she was waiting to meet up with Gwen and Linda who she had not seen for some time, but are friends of long standing. Later on I was again agreeably surprised to see Bev come in and she told me that she had arranged to meet up with Marieanne for a meal, so later on it became an evening for remembering days gone by. It was really good to see them all.

Next week will be a normal club evening, but the following week, the 4th of May, we are holding a “STAR WARS” theme evening so we look forward to seeing what people come up with.


Wednesday the 22nd of June 2016

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Jayde

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Lynn

This week was the closest we could get to the longest day of the year so the committee thought that a WHITE DRESS theme would be appropriate for the warm weather.
Sadly it didn’t work out like that as it was a fairly cold dull day, but even so, we did get a few white outfits and here they are. I still really like the white suit that I first had made over 20 years ago when I was quite a bit slimmer than I am now. Eventually I had to have it remade as I can no longer get into the original.
I first saw this outfit being modeled by Naomi Campbell’s mother in a picture in the daily mail. I very quickly rang Judy Hardman, who was the dressmaker for many of the girls at the club and she saw it in the paper as well and agreed to make me a copy.
It really was a work of art and this new one, made by Lorraine of Hide & Sleek in Scotland, is just as good.
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Mary

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Mica

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Sarah

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Sarah & Judith

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Faye

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Paula

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Faye

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Sonia, Pauline & Mel

Mel, shown on the left with Sonia and Pauline has been a loyal member of Manchester Cocord since we started in 2008. Since she first came she has transitioned and is now happily married and has been working in Cyprus for a few years. She recently returned to the UK and we had the pleasure of a visit this evening. Welcome back Mel, I hope you continue to enjoy your new life back here in England.


Wednesday the 25th of November 2015

blogpictures-2015-nov-nov18-amber-debbie.jpg This week we had a “Little Black Dress” theme and here are a couple of pictures taken early in the evening.
It is always interesting to see what people come up with.
But, what was really good was to see Millie back with us after such a long gap. She has been unwell as has her mother for whom she is a carer so this has kept her away.
Also we will not see her again till well into the new year as she now has her op scheduled for the second week in January so we all wish her all the best and hope to see her again when she has recovered.
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Millie

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Milli & Elaine

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Elaine

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Mary & Elaine

It was lovely to Elaine, our ex membership secretary, coming back more often now as she used to be a regular member here.
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Genevieve & Helena

Here we have Genevieve, who is our current membership secretary along with Helena, who used to be on our committee, but life has changed for her and now we only see her occasionally. Welcome Helena, it is always good to see you.
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Busy evening

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Lisa, Heather & Helen

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Sarah & Vanessa

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Clarissa

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Paula & Millie

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Hannah

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Nikki & Suzanne

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Joanna

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Nikki & Suzanne, Spot the difference

Next wednesday we will hold a musical evening and then on Saturday the 5th we will have a christmas meal together her in Villaggios. Ther is still time to book if you wish to join us.


Wednesday the 25th of June 2014

blogpictures-2014-jun-jun25-group1.jpg The theme we had set for this week’s meeting was “MIDSUMMER MADNESS” so we had no idea what to expect..
These two large photos give a good idea of what we got.
It was certainly a bit of fun and added significant colour to our evening.

I think Michaela takes the biscuit with her yellow shorts, stripey top and sunglasses.

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Michaela

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Judith

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Kira

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Lynn

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Genevieve

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Nikki

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Mary

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Nancy, Jennifer, Rosie, Milli and Lynn

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Lynn

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Debbie, Denise and Amy

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Julia

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Genevieve, Linda, Vanessa, Frances, Tina and Millie

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Millie

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Paula

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Milli

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Nancy and Dee

Nancy, shown here with Dee had come along for the first time this evening and immediately joined the club, so welcome Nancy.
She had been talking with Dee on the internet who later came in to meet her and then took her out for a first tour of the village.
Tina, on the right, was happily showing off lots of bling this evening so a close up picture was called for.

Later that evening, as we were leaving we came across some leaflet vouchers for half price tickets to see the Ladyboys show in Manchester which had its last night on saturday.

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Tina

A few of us were talking about it later on in Paddy’s Goose and Nikki and I decided that we would go to the last show on saturday evening.
The following day I went online and booked two seats for the show, but as I was doing this I could see that there were still 8 seats available on the next table along.
I therefore decided to email all the club members to see if anyone else would like to join us and very quickly got replies asking for exactly 8 tickets so I bought these as well to make up a party of 10 people going to the show.
We met up around 7 pm on the saturday at Villaggio’s where 7 of us had a meal and waited for the other three who came along later. We then all walked up to the venue in Oxford road as it was near enough not to be worth taking cars.
It was a very enjoyable evening and below I have included a few pictures.
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Finally the one at the bottom is taken on the stage with 4 of the ladyboys.

The next two weeks are normal club nights leading up to the Sparkle weekend, after which we have some more special nights. See Coming Events on this website.

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