I was horrified to hear of the imminent closure of Kendal’s. I am an author and passionate about Manchester. All my stories are based in and around this area, in fact, my debut novel ‘Ladies’ Day’ is actually based on Lewis’s department store and its gradual demise. Now we are losing, what I would regard as, the foundation of the city’s history. We mustn’t let Manchester become yet another faceless conurbation because then all we will have to remind us of its rich past will be just that – novels!