Victorian creature, dubbed ‘Sli-am Ghoullagher’, emerges from forgotten railway coal store and just in time to celebrate Halloween.

A monster mash has taken over the Deansgate side of Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse after site staff unwittingly unleashed a Victorian beast from beneath the site’s cellars while sprucing up for Halloween.

Luckily for Great Northern staff and visitors alike, the slimy, tentacled monster is entirely friendly and has been dubbed ‘Sli-am Ghoullagher’ by the team in honour of the Oasis frontman and legendary Mancunian.

The monster, it transpires, is born from some railway slime which has festered beneath the building since a mishap with a locomotive way back in the 1900s when the site was a working warehouse for freight trains. Ever since the accident, the slime has festered deep below the group where it slowly grew into the tentacled sensation we see today.

Staff, who were sprucing up the site ahead of Halloween, unknowingly unleashed the beast which has since taken up residence atop the Great Northern where he can enjoy panoramic views across the city.

Centre Director for Great Northern, Mark Schofield said, “While our new tentacled resident may seem alarming at first, he has in fact proved to be entirely friendly. Years beneath the ground have left ‘Sli-am’ desperate for company and he immediately made his way to our rooftop in order to see as many Mancunians as possible. We’re encouraging visitors young and old to give him a wave this Halloween, as thankfully for all involved, he’s turned out to be much more of a treat than a trick.”

The monster will be atop the Great Northern Warehouse to greet visitors until Halloween.


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