SALFORDNOW Tuesday 3 December 2019
AT THE HEART OF ALL THINGS SALFORD
Specialist mental health service launched for students
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham joined discussion about new service to help Salford University students overcome mental illness Read more on page 4
Live lizard hitches lift on Eccles tram. Read more on page 5
CHILDREN LEFT DEVASTATED BY HOMELESSNESS
Homeless charity Shelter demands for political parties to support children without a place to live By Darcy Williams
More than 150 Salford children are homeless. One in 378 children is without a home in Salford, the second highest figure in the North West of England.a Three children a day are becoming homeless in the city. They are among 4,150 homeless children in the North West. Homelessness charity Shelter,
which released the figures, is calling on political parties to put housing at the top of their agenda. Other areas with the highest proportion of homeless children include Greater Manchester and Liverpool. Shelter’s report has also highlighted the number of families living in emergency bed and breakfasts and hostels, where they are often crammed into a tiny room with poor cooking facilities and no room to play.
The charity is asking the public to support its urgent Christmas appeal. Shelter Manchester hub manager, John Ryan, said: “The fact 18 children in the North West become homeless every day is a scandalous figure, and a sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action. “Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the re-
gion. Many are being uprooted from their friends, while others are forced to live in cramped B&Bs and go to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside. “Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, our front line advisers can support more homeless families in the North West to get to a better place. Every donation will help Shelter to be there for everyone who need us this Christmas.”
Newest police recruits ready for action
Two new police dogs have completed their six-week training programme and are ready to start their new careers with Greater Manchester police. Read more on page 2
Sacha Lord discusses Salford student safety
Parklife founder joined Manchester mayor and students to discuss nightlife safety for Salford students in Greater Manchester Read more on page 3
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TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2019
Forest baths offer answer to mental health crisis
Canine recruits ready for action By Chloe Deakin
By Rhiannon Hayman A forest bathing group in Salford has come together to practise mindfulness through immersing themselves in nature. Natalie Rossiter, leader of the walk, takes the bathers an outside adventure through the forest to help them connect to nature to reduce stress and improve mental health. Forest Bathing is a Japanese form of Shinrin Yoku, which Natalie thought Salford would benefit from. A ‘forest bath’ is a simple, deeply healing practice of immersing oneself in nature which can be both a physical and mental healing process. The practice is for people who feel being in a traditional counselling room is too uncomfortable for them and find it easier to open up in an
outdoor environment. Natalie offers sessions in several parks throughout Salford such as Dukes Drive, Worsley Woods, Clifton Country Park, Kersal Dale. The walk has a threehour duration and consists of mindfulness, sense exploration and meditation through breathing exercises. The participants started the walk off with a brief explanation discussing the goals they wish to achieve by the end of the session. Walking through the first gate the group were told to abandon their worries and stresses before they carried on their wellness journey. The group then began to explore their first sense, sound. They listened to the natural forest noises with hopes of connecting to the nature around them, clearing their minds of the
stress and worries they were carrying. Dave Dunne, a participant and counsellor on the walk, described his Forest Bathing experience on the walk. Further on in the walk Natalie guided the bathers through meditation in the forest, helping to educate people on how to take time for themselves and step out of their busy 9-5 routine. Natalie strongly believes in letting go of stresses and worries, and had the group pick up a forest item, such as a leaf, throw it into the stream then walk across the bridge, leaving their worries behind. Sally Barrett, also a counsellor taking part in the walk, said, “I’m really happy Forest Bathing has now been introduced to Salford, as I used to travel to Cholton so it’s great it’s now closer to me.
“Being a counsellor you carry the burden of other people’s worries, meaning I don’t have much head space to take time for myself so Forest Bathing has really helped me connect with myself.” At the end of the walk, Natalie offers the group a chance to share what they have gained from the experience. She explained, “I wanted to create a more natural environment than a normal counselling room, bringing Forest Bathing to Salford I hope to help people take time for themselves and release their stresses in a peaceful natural environment.” The sessions are set to continue into the new year in seasonal waves to educate the people of Salford to appreciate natures progression throughout the year and encourage mindfulness in their everyday life.
Salford Pride supports those living with AIDS By Imogen Holland
Salford pride and Youth Stop AIDS Manchester launched their partnership on World Aids Day while fundraising to support those living with aids. The partnership was launched officially at Barpop with an evening of fundraising, raising awareness and entertainment last weekend. Salford Pride was formed in 2011 and was originally known as the Pink Picnic, which is now an annual event. The pride team is made up of volunteers from the LGBT+ community in and around Salford. Salford Pride’s chief executive Lee Bowditch spoke about what the partnership will do for Salford. He said: “This is just the start but hopefully we want to get all the outreach programmes going out into Salford. “A lot of stuff is based just in central Manchester and Salford is a large geographic area, so we want to go out and reach out to doctors, local
communities and clinics.” The vigil and procession along Canal Street took place during the event and people who are living with AIDS and those who want to support those living with AIDS walked with a single white candle in silence. Youth Stop AIDS Manchester is an organisation which raises awareness of HIV and AIDS in the younger community. The aim of the organisations coming together is to support those who are living with HIV and AIDS and educate people on HIV/AIDS in Manchester and now more specifically in Salford. Salford Pride’s resident drag queen Venus hosted the night. She said: “I think it is fantastic that we have finally created this partnership. “They can now start that work that is going to make Salford specifically much more aware, get much more support out there and get more funding.” Whilst raising awareness on HIV/ Aids, local musicians Jess McAdam and Sam Tomlins performed at the event.
Two new police dogs have completed their six-week training programme and are ready to start their new careers with Greater Manchester police. The pups, which scout out drugs, firearms, and cash, have been training in busy environments meeting other people and dogs. Both pups have both passed and are now ready for action and will be out on the streets of Greater Manchester with their new handlers. Aayla is a 15-month old Springer Spaniel who was born at GMP and bred specifically to be a police dog. GMP said: “Despite her subdued look, she is a bundle of energy and power. “She also has a natural ability to search as shown on her course when she visited venues across Greater Manchester. “Her nose has already led her to many successful finds in her training. She has a bright future ahead and will work with her handler, PC Mark Richardson.” Murphy, a two-year-old Springador, found himself in the care of Spaniel Aid, who are a charity that helps rehome dogs. He is a very clever dog and the charity thought he was best suited to a working role so he started his working life at GMP. Over the past few months he has visited Manchester Airport and Piccadilly train station and met lots of people. He has taken everything in his stride and is very popular and will be working with his handler, PC Rob Kinley.
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Demands for contraception to be available without need for GP visit By Mwika Bulaya
Reports from women’s health experts have stated that more contraception options should be available without a GP consultation. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) stated that the progestogen contraceptive pill and morning after pill should be easily accessible for women by providing them similarly to condoms. In England, to be issued with any contraceptive pill, women need to have a consultation with a GP or nurse to discuss their possible options. Courtney Haggerty, a bar manager at Lower Kersal Social Club in Salford, was taking the Rigevidon contraceptive pill for a week whilst she was on holiday. The 23-year-old noticed that she was feeling unwell and had several consultations at Salford Royal Hospital once she arrived back in the UK. After several tests, doctors found that she had a large blood clot in her lungs due to the use of the Rigevidon pill and was issued with blood thinners. She said: “I don’t think any pill should be available to buy just like that. When people buy stuff like that, they don’t read the terms and conditions or how to take it. “You need to go and see your GP, you need to have regular tests just to see if you have any symptoms.” Courtney advised that women taking any contraception should be
Image: Rachael Allison aware of what they are putting into their body. She said: “I’m quite lucky to be sat here and say this is what it did to me. I would advise to make sure you’re aware of the risks that you can put your body through.”
Penny Cook, professor for public health at The University of Salford thought that the reports from RCOG should be considered. She said: “I think those recommendations [made by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists]
are on the basis of good evidence of the safety of the drug and, also the risks of not letting women have good access to it. “The progestogen only pill has got a long record of being very safe to use. I think it’s always better if someone
The panel discussed issues around nightlife safety
By Emma Gunn A new series of workshops for Jewish women who have experienced stillbirth will be launching in the new year to improve pregnancy research in Greater Manchester. The workshops are part of a series called Still Life supported by researchers and health professionals based in St Mary’s hospital, Manchester. Midwife Suzanne Thomas said: “It’s one of the things that can really drive change in this area and improve care, women have so much to say about their experiences which are massively important.” The sessions are confidential and culturally appropriate, providing a safe space for discussions which can help improve the future of pregnancy research in Greater Manchester
can go and have an informed conversation with their GP. It might not be the best contraception for them.” Penny suggested that a long active reversible contraception (LARC) like the depo-injection may be better suited for some women.
Commuters’ nightmare with major train delays By Caitlin Gray
Workshops for women facing still births
Festival founder and Mayor fight for safer student nights out in the city
By Lydia Ransome Sacha Lord, co-founder of Parklife and Warehouse Project, joined a panel of guests at Manchester Metropolitan University to discuss student nightlife safety. He said: “Manchester has the biggest student population in Europe, when you include the whole of Greater Manchester. “Our first elected mayor Andy Burnham appointed myself as nighttime economy advisor. I’ve created a blueprint, a vision, for the next 12 months” Lord, who started Parklife in 2010, has been working alongside Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to create a safer nightlife across Greater Manchester.
“We’ve now got purple flag in Bury and Stockport; Wigan and Bolton are starting as well – that sends out a really strong signal, there’s 4 boroughs there that are saying this is a safe, diverse, inclusive night out. “There’s a lot happening. I think the fact that we’re all sat here this evening, there’s probably about 140 people sat here tonight. “The Mayor himself came down, which I think shows how important it is. I said at the outset we wouldn’t be able to give answers, we did give some answers but tonight was more of a listening exercise” Nick Pope, father of Charlie Pope who died after falling into a canal on his way home from a night out in Manchester last year, joined the panel of guests answering questions to stu-
dents, Sacha Lord said: “Nick came along tonight and he was extremely humble. He fought a very strong campaign about barriers across some of the canal areas – vulnerable canal areas. Now when you go to see where Charlie actually drowned, there are actually barriers there. “There are constantly things being done. For me it’s not just a city centre thing. “I know Man Met and Uni of Manchester are in the city centre but Salford Uni and Bolton Uni are clearly not. “It is across the whole of Greater Manchester and I think it would be silly to just limit it to universities – there are sixth form colleges across all of Greater Manchester as well.”
Salford residents have taken to Twitter this morning to report on extreme delays between Rochdale and Todmorden including main Salford stations. Northernassist, Northern Rail’s main travel correspondents issued a bulletin on the social media site regarding the delays. It said: “Disruption caused by the emergency services dealing with an incident between Rochdale and Todmorden has now ended. Services are no longer affected by this problem.
The delays are one of many within Northern Rail this morning, with more delays between Halifax and Brigmorden reported by the rail service. Salford Crescent and Salford Central seem to have been affected greatly by the suspensions, with angry commuters taking to Twitter to voice their concerns about the Salford/Manchester congestion. This included a service from Clitheroe that was due to stop at Salford Central and missed the station without warning. Northern rail addressed concerns with an apology and link for formal complaint enquiries.
4 Christmas time in Irlam
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rinces Park Garden Centre is all ready for their Christmas events starting this Sunday. The Irlam based garden centre plays host to monthly markets, showcasing local home crafters, businesses and produce growers. The markets started six months ago and are on every third Sunday of the month. There are hopes to continue this for the community with a spokeswoman for Princes Park, Stacey Antcliff saying: “We’d love for them to grow even more.” Anyone can set up a stall with just a £10 payment to secure a space. So far these markets, which started in June have been a success, Antcliff said that Princes Park Garden Centre will hopefully become: “A fab destination to do some local shopping.” Princes Park also have a thrift shop which is open every day with preloved bargains such as furniture and clothing. From the 1st December, there are a range of themed activities such as making your own Christmas crackers a countdown clock to the 25th. Alongside the stalls, there is a ‘Christmas Elves Club’ for the children, running on Sundays whilst parents stock up on gifts. Antcliff said: “There is a suggested £3 donation, but no child is turned away!” Children also have the chance to meet Santa Claus in his grotto where each visitor will get their own tree sapling to grow at home. In the weeks to come there are more opportunities to get involved. Show your skills in Christmas karaoke or enter the Christmas LEGO competition! There is also a tree which can be decorated for the community. On the 15th December, the garden centre has their very own ‘Holly Jolly Festival’. There will be a special festive version of the regular markets with train rides through Princes Park and plenty of food and entertainment to go around. Open daily, the garden centre has real Christmas trees and wreaths available, alongside a selection of decorations and gift ideas for all.
By Natalie Snape
Princess Park Grden Centre in getting ready for Christmas
TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2019
Community celebrates history of political activist Thomas Paine
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham spoke at an event in Whitworth Art Gallery
Specialist mental health service launched for students
new specialist NHS service in Greater Manchester will provide Salford university students with the help they need to overcome significant mental illness. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham joined students, university leaders and a team of mental health professionals who provide the service for an event at the Whitworth Art Gallery. The scheme aims to provide expert support for students who have complex health needs – giving them timely access to professional help for conditions including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Just some of the mental health illnesses student face during their studies. It is intended to meet the increasing mental health needs of university students and prevent them “falling between the cracks” of university and NHS services at a time when it is more difficult for them to receive specialist help. Around 500 students a year are expected to use the £1.6m service, which is the result of a unique partnership in England between Greater Manchester’s universities and the city region’s NHS. The Greater Manchester university student mental health service pilot is a partnership between: the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, University of Bolton, Royal Northern College of Music, and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. The service provides the main clinic in the heart of the Oxford Road campus and satellite locations in
Salford and Bolton. The staffing team includes a consultant psychiatrist, a consultant psychologist, psychological therapists and mental health nurses. Around 40 students have already accessed the service since the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year Additional group therapy is provided by mental health charity 42nd Street, while the Sick! Festival will also provide arts-based events to involve students. A 2018 review by Universities UK found a dramatic increase in the numbers of students seeking help for mental health difficulties, a trebling in the drop-out rate and evidence that only a third of students would know how to access mental health services. Students have reported finding it difficult to access NHS mental health services away from home. This may be because they are not registered with a GP practice at their University home. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Greater Manchester is using devolution to rethink and re-prioritise mental health support for young people. “We recently became the first place to publish waiting time information for children and young people’s mental health and introduced independent counselling into schools with our ground-breaking mental health support programme. We are now becoming the first place to introduce a new way of supporting university students. “Our unique devolution deal gives us the ability to rethink the way we help young people navigate an increasingly complex world. The transition to university life can
be tough for many students, with around one in five 16-24-yearolds experiencing depression or anxiety, so I’m pleased that Greater Manchester is taking a lead nationally when it comes to mental health provision for students. “With one of the largest university populations in the country here in Greater Manchester, we have a collective duty to ensure that compassionate, responsive mental health services are available to all who need them, whenever they need them. When things are tough, we want everyone who lives, works, and studies in Greater Manchester to have access to the best possible support and guidance. This kind of service has the potential to make a real difference for our students, and I hope it can become a model for other places to follow.” Professor Helen Marshall, ViceChancellor of the University of Salford, said: “We know that poor mental health and wellbeing can be a huge barrier to success, and we need to help break down that barrier for our students. With the launch of this innovative, sector-leading partnership, there is potential to change lives; providing more effective diagnosis and treatment at an early stage and helping all our students gain the skills to manage their own mental health so they are enabled and empowered to succeed.” Around 100,000 university students live and study in Greater Manchester – the largest number of any city region in England. The service will help students to achieve their academic potential while avoiding problems such as
dropping out. Students will receive a standard assessment from their university’s welfare service and, if appropriate, referred to the specialist centre closest to them. They will also be managed and supported by their university’s welfare service following discharge from NHS treatment. Neil Thwaite, chief executive of Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust, said: “Some students will need extra mental health support while they settle into independent living and their studies. “Our dedicated team of professionals will be on hand to provide care and treatment to students who are referred by the universities’ wellbeing services and to students with pre-existing conditions. “As a trust, we are proud to offer this bespoke mental health service to the university community of Greater Manchester.” University of Manchester student Zahra, who was among dozens of students to give their views about what the new service should provide, is to appear at the event in a short film. She says in the film: “I think this service is really important to stop students dropping out of university due to struggling with their mental health. This service is a really important part in saying: ‘You can do this and we’ll support you while you are here.’ ” Follow @GMMH_NHS on Twitter for updates on NHS mental health services in Greater Manchester
By Lydia Ransome
By Imogen Holland A procession to celebrate the history of the bones of Thomas Paine took place this weekend with performances from live bands and giant puppets. The Working Class Movement Library and Walk the Plank worked together to create the final procession of the Bones of Paine. The parade started from the Work-
ing Class Movement Library with a giant skeleton representing Thomas Paine’s bones and travelled down Chapel Street. Ben Turner, the director of Walk the Plank, spoke about the procession before they made their way to the Peoples History Museum Thomas Paine was a political activist in the American and French Revolution who died in 1809. His bones are believed to be in Sal-
ford after publisher William Cobbett brought them back after the French Revolution. The firsts top off of the procession was Bexley Square where there were performances from a live band and a choir. The choir performed an original song about Thomas Paine’s life to educate the crowd. Some fans of Thomas Paine wrote a few words for the procession as part of a writing group.
Christina said: “Things like this are really important as it gets the community involved “Hopefully people will turn out and probably not know who Thomas Paine was but will find out who he is and maybe want to know more about it.” Paul, who also attended the writing workshop said: “250 years later we are back with the same ideas and to know that it actually came from this one guy.
“He managed to come up with these ideas that changes the face of politics if we wanted it to.” The performances continued at the New Bailey with speeches from the organisers and live performances from the band and the choir. The procession ended at the Peoples History Museum where a Mexican folk group performed a Day of the Dead dance and got the crowd involved in the celebration.
Lizard hitches lift on tram to Eccles By Roisin Delaney There was amusement, and confusion, last night as commuters spotted a live lizard on a Metrolink tram bound for Eccles. Twitter user Russ Booth tweeted a photo of the reptile at around 6pm on Monday evening, saying ‘Just a bloke with a live lizard on his head on the Metrolink.’ Speaking to Salford Now, Russ explained how he had boarded the Eccles-bound tram at Piccadilly Station and sat at the end of the carriage with his headphones in and looking out of the window as he usually does. “At Piccadilly Gardens a group young women boarded the tram – one of them sitting alongside me.
“These girls seemed to have become a little giddy, and when the tram stopped at the station on of them had let out a shriek and they’d all moved to stand near the door. “I thought perhaps there was a wasp or something – but it’s not the time of year. I looked over my shoulder and that’s when I saw the lizard, sitting on top of this guy’s woolly hat.’ According to Russ, more people had spotted the lizard by this point, but nobody wanted to get too close. “I took a quick snap before the the tram got too busy again, but nobody wanted to get too close. “Most people thought it was pretty funny and were taking photos and videos. No one wanted to sit directly behind the guy as the lizard tried
to climb over to the next seat a few times. “Another group of commuters had sat nearby at this point and took it as their duty to inform fellow travelers who hadn’t spotted the lizard when they sat behind. “One woman took one look and shot back up out of the seat. After the initial shock, everyone found it quite amusing and joined in with the photo taking. “A few commented that Metrolink bylaws explicitly forbade dogs, but there was no mention of lizards.” Whilst it is still unclear eactly why the lizard was on the man’s head, Manchester Metrolink got in on the fun saying ‘Well, that’s certainly not something we see every day!’
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Alzheimer’s Society hosts annual carol concert
By Katie Bruton
The Alzheimer’s Society carol service at Salford Cathedral.
The Alzheimer’s Society is hosting a Christmas carol concert at Salford Cathedral, on December 4. Danielle Freeman, community fundraiser for the charity, hopes the of wine, or a cup of tea or whateverevent will bring families dealing with dementia together. She said: “We’re incorporating Christmas and dementia into one lovely night. “It can be a really hard time for people living with dementia, there’s a lot of isolation with this disease. We want to help as many people as possible as it’s not something people should be dealing with alone.” Danielle understands the importance of events like this for families and people affected by dementia. She said: “My nana passed away this time last year, so I know what it’s like for families going through that, it’s nice for them to have a nice light-hearted night, have a mince pie, have a glass
The event will be held at Salford Cathedral. Image credit: David Dixon. and get the festivities going.” The cathedral choir will be performing alongside the Singing for the Brain Choir, which is made up of people with dementia and their carers. “They showcase more of the dementia side, they are fantastic,” said
Danielle. The event has previously been held at Manchester cathedral. However this year Salford Cathedral is generously holding the service. Danielle said: “They’ve been amazing throughout the process. The cathedral is stunning and beautiful inside. It’s an amazing venue for anything, but especially at s time it makes you feel warm and Christmassy.” Dementia is one of the biggest killers in the UK. More than 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, and last year the charity saw a 42 per cent increase between December and January of people contacting the services for help and advice. The doors open at 7pm and the carols begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are free for under 16s, £5 for 18-21-year olds, and £10 for adults. People living with dementia can attend with their carer for £12. A 10 per cent discount is available to atendees who struggle with dementia.
Red card was ‘game-changer’ as Sharks squander early lead Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond believes JeanLuc du Preez’s red card was a ‘game-changer’ in his side’s 20-13 defeat to Worcester Warriors on Saturday. Du Preez was dismissed just one minute before the break at Sixways following a reckless shoulder charge which saw Warriors lock Graham Kitchener knocked unconscious. Sale had taken a 10-3 lead before that red card and Diamond admitted that the decision was a big factor in his side’s eventual defeat. He said: “I thought up until the red card we were getting in control of it. After that, I thought we did well to get a bonus point out of it. “I’ve only seen one angle and the one I’ve seen, it’s not a red card. But I’ve not seen the other side which may make it look worse. “It was a big game-changer, he’s a big fella to lose and it’s a disappointment to lose somebody for a silly red card.” The defeat condemned Sale to a third defeat from their opening five Gallagher Premiership matches so far this season but the Sharks boss says he knows where his side needs to improve. He added: “We’ve just got to make sure that our basics and fundamentals are right. We managed with 14 men being run a mock for 10, 15 minutes and still managed to get some good turnovers, yet, we’re unable to win the last three line outs which could’ve give us the position to have another go. “When you go down to 14 men, Faf De Klerk becomes a trailing defender in the backfield so he’s nowhere near as effective as he is coming out the line and trying to hit people. “Your whole defensive game has to change and then that takes the legs out of you, so we never really got on the front foot. “We’ve got to give credit to Worcester, they sucked us in they kicked the ball and then they found the space around the rucks, so I’ve got to say I’m happy with one point.” Sale face Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken European Champions Cup on Sunday.
By David Poucher
Iconic images of Salford featured in new exhibition
Photography by Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows featured in Lived-in rooms exhibition at Tenancy House. Image credit: Quarantine
By Tanisha Cantrell
In 1973, Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr photographed the residents of June Street in Salford just months before the terraced houses were demolished. These portraits are been exhibited in a house rented by Quarantine, in Irwell Riverside, Salford until Sunday 1 December. Daniel Meadows, 67, photographer, digital storyteller and teacher visited the exhibition in Salford. In an intimate conversation around a dining room table, Meadows discussed the photographs. They portray the working-class life in Salford as well as the social housing crisis of the 1970s. Meadows said: “When I found myself in Manchester, I began to think how I should, as a young photographer respond to the city. A city at that time was been torn down, where all the houses where been flattened.” June Street respectfully reflects the
Work featured in exhibition. Image credit: Tanisha Cantrell. families in Salford and has created a striking and emotional response among many. Meadows explained how himself and Parr started to wander in Salford and knew the city because of Coronation Street. He said: “Granada decided that it all looked so bad in Salford and it didn’t look like what it should look like,
to fit their narrative of Coronation Street, so they built their own set. “We just thought this was quite a laugh, there was Salford out there falling to pieces and they were recreating it to look like the ideal vision of northern working-class life.” Meadows and Parr decided to locate the streets that were used for the
filming of the popular soap show and found June Street, the last remaining street with residents. Meadows said: “June Street was great, it looked lovely and what I mean by that, is that it looked exactly like Coronation Street.” The exhibition shows 15 prints of the series picked by Parr himself. Meadows referred to the process as a piece of theatre and he said: “The fact is whoever pressed the button on the camera was kind of irrelevant because it was about organising all of these people and getting them to take it seriously, to care.” “The rule was, we would capture every single living creature in the house.” Lived-In Rooms exhibits Gavin Parry’s photographs publicly for the first time, side by side with the June Street series. The exhibition reflects fifty years of political, social and technological changes that have re-shaped terraced-housing in Salford.
By Dave Crowther-Green
Poet releases book inspired by LGBTQ+
Salford poet Kolin RichmondHughes has published a collection, Poems from A Melancholic Panda, inspired by LGBTQ+ issues. The book contains many poems about Salford. One poem, River Folk, was based on The River Irwell. Mr Cannon said: “I was inspired by the geese, and the mallards around Irwell River and so, I wrote River Folk.” A primary theme in Kolin’s poetry is remembering queer people who have not left a legacy behind. It was not until 2002 that the Adoption and Children Act 2002 allowed applications to adopt a child from either a single person or a couple.The previous condition that the couple be married was dropped, thus allowing a same-sex couple to apply. Kolin, 45, of Cannon Street, reflected on his inability to adopt. He said: “In the ‘80s, you didn’t have much choice, so in my mind I said: ‘what can I do?’ because I was gay.” He then joked: “Now I feel too old and tired to do it, so I decided to write poetry to make a legacy for all gay people who didn’t have those options.” Much of the material is based on the diaries he kept over 40 years, and he wrote about crucial moments in Greater Manchester’s history. One poem is about the first ever pride gathering, held in 1993. Kolin shared his hopes that LGBTQ+ youth would be inspired by his work and tell their own story in the future. “As long as some person stands in their bar at their village has done this, why shouldn’t they? Their story is just as important.” Kolin is now working on his next book. the title is yet to be announced.
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Ammies crowds rise in size since Class of ‘92 takeover By Christopher Theobald On 29 October, 2013, when Salford City hosted Cammell Laird FC at Moor Lane, just 65 people were there to see the 2-2 draw. Eleven months later, Manchester United legends Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and, Gary and Phil Neville with billionaire Valencia C.F owner, Peter Lim, bought Salford City. Since then attendances have rocketed from the awful turnout by the Salford faithful. In their final game of the first season owned by the Class of ‘92, 1,147 watched The Ammies beat Ossett Town 5-0. Fast forward through four promotions in five seasons and Salford City rise from the Northern Premier League Division One North in 2015 to Sky Bet League 2 in 2019. The capacity six years ago was just 1,600. It is now more than 5,000. And the fans have responded. The club’s first ever EFL Cup game brought a record attendance of 4,518 against Leeds United, a Premiership side just 15 years ago. That’s 69 times higher than back in 2013. Instead of 65 people turning up to watch part-time Sunday League players, 4,500 saw professional, international footballers competing against a former European Champion.
“Football is a sport for all”
Salford City FC kit supports LGBTQ+ community By Hannah Lee Salford City Football Club is supporting the LGBT community this week by wearing rainbow laces. Come Out Active Week, November 23-30, is a Stonewall campaign to promote LGBT equality in sport. Salford City FC is one of many sports teams that has this week chosen to swap out their ordinary laces in celebration of Come Out Active. Salford City Football Club tweeted: “At Salford we want everyone to feel welcome and discrimination of any sort is unacceptable. “If you hear, see or are subject to abuse of any kind we urge you to report it to a steward, club official or @ kickitout. “At Salford we want everyone to feel welcome and discrimination of any sort is unacceptable. “If you hear, see or are subject to abuse of any kind we urge you to report it to a steward, club official” Forty per cent of LGBT people found that sport was not a welcoming environment for them. David Poucher, events co-ordinator for Salford University LGBT society, said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea. I think there’s a huge problem, specifically with gay men not feeling comfortable coming out in the sports community. “It’s good to show people solidarity and to show people it’s okay to be gay, and it’s okay to come out and you’re welcome. “I think it’s down to the individual football team to ensure that all of the members feel safe and feel included.” Sir Ian McKellen, Burnley born actor, was among those sharing their support for the campaign on Twitter. According to Stonewall 70 per cent of football fans have witnessed or heard homophobic behaviour during a match. Football has often been criticised for creating issues such as racism and homophobia. Kick It Out is a charity that aims to irradiate racism and discrimination within football.
AT THE HEART OF ALL THINGS SALFORD
Tuesday 3 December 2019
DEFENDER REVEALS EARLY CAREER DOUBTS By Charlie Gregory
Salford City defender Ibou Touray considered retiring as he reflected on his tumultuous career. The Gambian international, 24, recently surpassed 100 appearances for the club and was nominated for the North West Rising Star award, but hasn’t always had it easy. “I went from playing youth team and reserves against young lads straight into men’s football and it was completely new to me,” Touray said. “It didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would – going down a few leagues I thought it’d be easy, but it was definitely harder. “It took me about a season and a bit to really understand what it’s all about. “When you’re reaching that age of 20/21 and all your mates are working and you’re going into clubs and they’re not giving you contracts and you’re not earning, you start thinking about giving it a break. “It’s not easy, there were times when I thought ‘football’s not for me’ but I just kept my head up and working hard and now it’s paying off.” The full-back developed in Everton’s academy but his spell on Merseyside was abruptly ended with his release in 2014, a fate that repeated itself at his two following clubs – Chester and Rhyl. A crucial turning point for Touray followed, with a move to Nantwich Town the catalyst in rejuvenating his career. After one season with The Dabbers, the Gambian was on the move once more with Salford lying in wait. “I was enjoying it, playing well and I did think I was a lot better than the level I was at, so I was just waiting for the right time and the right club. I kept playing well all season and I played over 50 games, so I thought I deserved something from it. “When the season ended, I had a few phone calls and clubs that wanted
me, but when Salford came in and I saw the type of club they were, what they wanted to do and what they had in store for me, it was something I couldn’t really turn down. “It turned out to be the right decision. I’m enjoying it a lot, but I want to keep kicking on and just getting better and better and going higher with Salford as well. We’ve got a winning mentality here so when we’re not winning, no one’s happy.” Despite a mixed start to the campaign, with the Ammies winning two of their opening 11 fixtures, Graham Alexander’s outfit have since picked up 14 points from a possible 24 and rocketed to within six points of the play-off fray, and Touray believes they are capable of vying for promotion. “Everyone’s getting more used to the league, we’ve had a good couple of months. If you’re not thinking about promotion, then there’s no point in really playing. “I want to get up the leagues and if I could get up to the top, that’d be the dream. I don’t know where the limit is; I’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully things will go your way in the end.” Manager Alexander, who has selected Touray for all but one of the 63 league games he’s been available for since taking over last summer, paid tribute to the left-back’s character. “I think for a player of his age and his commitment to being a professional, anything can happen for Ibby. “He’s a fantastic pro; he’s only missed one game since I’ve been here through international [duty]. “When a player is as fit as he possibly can be, he understands what’s required from him in the team and he goes out and commits every day, anything can happen for him in a positive way. The Scotsman confessed that he wasn’t aware of Touray when he arrived at the Peninsula Stadium but admitted that the Gambian now has no ceiling to his potential.
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