Popular city historian Professor Carl Chinn helped Westside BID to host its Annual Blue Collar Christmas Breakfast.
Hot food and drinks were served to dozens of unsung hero workers who keep the Westside district functioning smoothly and safely throughout the year.
A mixture of tram extension workers, builders, estate management teams, cleaners and other frontline staff then listened as Prof Chinn gave an impromptu speech about how coal-face workers have always kept Britain’s urban centres going throughout history.
Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, said: “It’s always a pleasure to treat our blue-collar workers to a ‘thank you’ breakfast every year. They are all a crucial element to our community, getting the jobs done that often go unnoticed but that would be sorely missed if they didn’t happen.”
Mr Olley and Prof Chinn were joined by Westside BID staff Elaine Weir and Luisa Huggins as they sat with more than 30 blue collar workers around a huge dining table at the Figure of Eight pub on Broad Street.