Families visiting Manchester at half term could be in for a squelchy, smelly surprise.

As a horrible half term treat, four revolting sewer monsters are visiting Manchester’s Arndale Centre to amaze parents and children with their terrible antics.

Franken-Foods, Greasy Ghoul, Toiletry Terror and Wet Wiper will be lurking about at a special family-friendly interactive exhibition highlighting the nasty things that are being put down drains and toilets causing 22,000 sewer blockages a year and 7,000 incidents of sewer flooding to homes and gardens.

The gruesome foursome are visiting the city centre shopping mall from Tuesday 22 February to Friday 25 February 2022.

Along with the sewer monsters, regional water firm, United Utilities, is also taking along collections of some of the most bizarre things found in its sewers. It will also be spreading its Stop the Block message to encourage householders to think before they flush or pour and help avoid growing a slimy sewer monster in their local sewer network.

Wet wipes, cotton pads and nappies, grease from roasting tins and leftover food are just some of the key culprits causing drains and pipes to clog, back up and overflow.

James Devereux, from United Utilities, said: “Our employees and engineers will be on hand to talk visitors through the display and hand out kids’ fun activities and free giveaways including fat traps. We’re also hoping to recruit customers to join our Stop the Block campaign.

“Families that manage to hunt out the posters of the sewer monsters dotted about the Arndale, and take and share a selfie on Instagram tagging @unitedutilities, will also be entered into a prize draw to win a Nintendo Switch,” he added.


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