A fair few openings and launchs this week. It's generally the Lord Mayor that represents us at the more formal events but I am very happy to be taking part in three such events this week. Yesterday the City lauched its age-friendly programme. Manchester is a world leader as a result of the work done on valuing older people which is transforming the way older people are regarded. There has been a tendency to see aging as something that creates problems with the notion of people becoming a burden on society. Clearly there are going to be times when anybody of any age is going to need support. Certainly as we age, and I am an older person, those times are likely to be more frequent. But older people also have a tremendous amount to contribute and can still continue to grow and develop as a person. That's what valuing older people does. It sees older people for what they bring positively to the life of the city.
Later in the evening I go to the Museum of Science and Industry for the launch of the Manchester Science Festival. It's a fantastically appropriate venue because seeing what science, technology, engineering have contributed in the past helps us understand the role they will play in building a better future. The Festival is for all ages, but has a particular role in enthusing young people to take up the sciences, which fortunately more and more of them are doing.
Later today and I'm in another of our top-class museums, the Manchester Museum for the opening of their new Ancient Worlds galleries. It's my second visit of the day to the University, a sign of the close working relationships between the Council, Higher Education and other partners, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they've done with what is a major visitor attraction and a key education resource.