In one of the most heartbreaking turns of this new year, Taylor Swift will no longer be keeping commuters company in Castlefield, Manchester. Comedian Red Redmond, the owner of the infamous cardboard cut-out of the pop singer which has been sitting in their window for years, and has since become a staple of Manchester’s tram system, is moving out, and there is no telling yet what will happen to the artifact.
The official Twitter account for Greater Manchester’s Transports reacted to Redmond’s announcement with the appropriate Taylor Swift song reference, calling the cut-out “a Metrolink icon.”
Dozens of mournful tweets ensued.
BBC Local Radio host Bobbi Hadgraft took no time creating an homage worthy of this icon.
One tram traveler is offering up a solution that seems pretty reasonable, we think.
Hopefully, the new homeowners will be kind enough to give continuity to this urban myth.
Mancunians are not joking around when it comes to their local landmarks.
Redmond has yet to offer any updates on the situation but is actively looking for the tenant who will replace them, confirming the two-bedroom apartment comes with “a free cardboard cut-out of Taylor Swift.”
FYI if anyone wants to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in Castlefield it costs £950pm and comes with a FREE cardboard cut-out of Taylor Swift— Red (Taylor’s Version) (@redredmond) January 5, 2023
Taylor Swift might have a lot of honors under her belt, but being an icon and, dare we say, comfort for public transport users is not something every artist can boast about. Maybe the “Midnights” singer could do something to avoid this tragedy? Perhaps funding that #TramTaylor museum people were brainstorming about?