There is a building in Manchester I am desperate to introduce you to. It’s Central Library, a rotund beauty of Portland stone in St Peter’s Square. Opened by George V and Queen Mary in 1935, it was designed loosely on the Pantheon by architect Vincent Harris.

In the splendid building which I am about to open, the largest library in this country provided by a local authority, the Corporation have ensured for the inhabitants of the city magnificent opportunities for further education and for the pleasant use of leisure.