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Northern Moor: 'what it's really like'

Manchester College students Jess Jarratt and Jess Hagan say the area gets 'a lot of bad press' but insist there is 'loads to do'.

"Give us some cameras and we'll show you what it's really like'.

When an ITV documentary branded their neighbourhood an example of 'broken Britain', the people of Northern Moor were keen to give their own view of the area.

'The Duchess On The Estate' programme (18 & 25 August) followed Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, as she worked with residents to build a new £40,000 community centre.

However, publicity for the programme said that the Duchess had found 'drugs, crime and a lack of community spirit' in the area.

Outraged, some residents asked BBC Manchester to help them show Northern Moor as they see it. Here are their films:

Jane Barnes, resident and mother of three children

'Northern Moor has 'everything.' - Jane Barnes, resident.

Jane Barnes, resident of Northern Moor, says that the area has 'everything.'

She says that while parts of it may be run down, she loves the green spaces and is happy to bring up her three children there.

Anne Brownlee, resident

'Plenty of opportunities' - Anne Brownlee, Northern Moor resident

Northern Moor resident Anne Brownlee described the area as 'vibrant'.

She says the local churches and community centres give people plenty of opportunities.

Aaron Dark, Manchester College student

'Fantastic' - Aaron Dark, a student at Manchester College.

Aaron Dark, student at Manchester College says Northern Moor is a 'fantastic' place to live and study.

He also enjoys spending time on the local allotment where they grow rare fruit and vegetables.

Residents of Lincoln Minshull Gardens

'As a community, we're very close.' Residents of Lincoln Minshull Court in Northern Moor

In spring 2009, the residents of Lincoln Minshull Gardens in Northern Moor won a Britain in Bloom Award for their communal garden.

"As a community we're very close," said Derek, the chairman. "We all help each other out. We don't allow anyone to go short of anything. We just look after each other."

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