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SALFORD RED DEVILS PROVIDE TRIBUTE TO MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS WHILE CATALANS CRUSHED

Star date: 27th May 2017

ALMOST 5,000 PEOPLE ATTEND SALFORD RUGBY TRIBUTE TO MANCHESTER

Almost 5,000 people, including fans from other rugby teams, watched Salford Red Devils crush Catalans Dragons 50-12 last night, in what was an emotional night of tributes to the Manchester bomb victims.

Before the game there was a minute's silence, after 22 minutes there was applause and, throughout, fans held 'I Love MCR' cards and waved a giant 'Salford and Manchester Together' flag, as Gareth Lyons reports...

Full report here...

 
 
ARIANA GRANDE TO DO BENEFIT CONCERT IN MANCHESTER FOR BOMB VICTIMS

Star date: 26th May 2017

"WE WON'T LET HATE WIN" SAYS ARIANA

Ariana Grande has just issued a statement on Twitter saying that she will "be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

The singer, whose fans were caught in Monday night's bomb blast at Manchester Arena, adds that "We will not quit or operate in fear...We won't let this divide us...We won't let hate win..."

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER BOMB ATTACK SALFORD WITNESSES URGED TO SEEK SUPPORT

Star date: 26th May 2017

PHONE LINE SUPPORT FOR ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT GOERS AND WITNESSES

Loads of Salford people were at Monday night's Ariana Grande concert which was hit by a terrorist bomb, and now they are being urged to seek help from Victim Support on a special free hotline...

"If you were...there on the night or you witnessed the horror that unfolded, practical help and emotional support is also available to you" says Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Beverley Hughes.

Full details here...

 
 
WORLD OBSERVES MINUTES SILENCE FOR MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS

Star date: 25th May 2017

ST ANN'S SQUARE FALLS SILENT THEN UNITED AND CITY ANNOUNCE £1MILLION DONATION

A jam-packed St Ann's Square fell quiet at 11am this morning, as a one minute silence was observed throughout Manchester, Salford and the world for the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, led Manchester Council workers from Albert Square to St Ann's Square, to join many hundreds of people paying respect. Afterwards, it was announced that Manchester United and Manchester City had made a joint donation of £1million to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS GIVE FREE MATCH ENTRY FOR BOMB RELIEF DONATIONS

Star date: 25th May 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS DONATE ALL GATE MONEY TO MANCHESTER BOMB VICTIMS

Salford Red Devils are making their Friday night match against Catalans Dragons free entry, with fans asked to donate to the Manchester Bomb Relief Fund instead. Owner Marwan Koukash tweeted "For the @SalfordDevils game on Friday, just turn up, collect free ticket and make a donation for the victims of the Manchester attack".

Full details here...

 
 
FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WERE HELD BACK FROM ATTENDING MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB SCENE

Star date: 24th May 2017

A Salford Star Exclusive

'NEVER BEEN SO ASHAMED TO BE A FIREFIGHTER...'

"This is kids dying and us doing nothing"... "Never been so ashamed to be a firefighter"... "The public must think what the hell do we actually do apart from free smoke alarms if we don't even respond to this"... "Sat one mile from the incident watching it on telly..."

As the public, police and paramedics rushed to help victims, firefighters say they were held back by senior managers from attending the scene of the Manchester Arena bomb on Monday night.

An official investigation is underway which it is hoped will provide answers "whether it was operational decision or an error was made", the Fire Brigades Union told the Salford Star. Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham added: "I am aware of concerns from firefighters about the speed of the response to the terror attack…I am taking these concerns seriously."

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER ARENA BOMBER WAS SALFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT

Star date: 24th May 2017

THOUSANDS ATTEND MANCHESTER VIGIL AS SALFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT SUSPECTED SUICIDE BOMBER

Last night, as thousands of people, including the Salford Mayor and the city's MPs, attended a vigil in Albert Square, it emerged that the suspected Manchester Arena bomber was 22 year old Salman Abedi, a student at the University of Salford.

"This is a further shock to all of us" stated a memo to the University's staff "and we understand how this will affect all members of our University community..."

Full details and vigil photos here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL FLAG AT HALF MAST AFTER ‘EVIL ACT’ AT MANCHESTER ARENA

Star date: 23rd May 2017

"EVERYONE WAS CRYING...WE WERE JUST BEING PUSHED OUT...WE GOT INTO THE FOYER AND THERE WAS ALL SMOKE" Anya 13.

As the Salford Council flag flew at half mast this morning, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham condemned the "evil act" that saw 22 people die and 59 injured by a suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night.

The Salford Star editor's daughter, Anya, age 13, was at the gig... "There was this big bang, like an explosion sound, and everyone started screaming and running to the exits... everyone was crying and we were just being pushed out" she says "We got into the foyer bit and there was all smoke and this guy was bleeding..."

There is a vigil at Albert Square, Manchester tonight at 6pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SHIRLEY BAKER PHOTO EXHIBITION SEES THREE SALFORD BROTHERS REMEMBER ORDSALL

Star date: 22nd May 2017

TEN IN A TERRACE, JUMPING OFF ROOFS AND SALFORD COUNCIL BULLYING

As the ace Shirley Baker photography exhibition opened at Manchester Art Gallery last week, the three cute brothers who featured in one of her classic shots visited the gallery to recall the days captured in black and white, and very early colour.

The Williamson brothers, now in their fifties, told the Salford Star how their family of ten lived in a two-up-two down on Robert Hall Street – and how Salford Council literally stole their parents' house and then tried to charge them for its demolition.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS GO SECOND AFTER MAGIC WEEKEND LEIGH VICTORY

Star date: 21st May 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 36 LEIGH CENTURIONS 22

Salford Red Devils put aside their 'Manchester' worries to beat Leigh Centurions 36-22 in the Magic Weekend game at St James Park, Newcastle, and are now second in the Super League, as Gareth Lyons reports...

Full report here...

 
 
PUBLIC MEETING TO SAVE SALFORD’S ONLY CARE HOME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

Star date: 21st May 2017

BATTLE TO SAVE THE GRANGE STEPS UP

Save The Grange Again
Public Meeting
Saturday 27th May 10:30am
Swinton Moorside Cricket Club

The battle to Save The Grange, Salford's only residential care home for disabled children, is to step up a gear, with a public meeting next Saturday, 27th May, so that people can hear, first hand, the affect that shutting the centre will have on families...

Full details here...

 
 

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SHOULD SALFORD PEOPLE VOTE OR NOT?

Star date: 21st May 2017

JUST ONE DAY LEFT TO REGISTER TO VOTE

On June 4th the Revolutionary Communist Group is holding the only General Election public meeting in the city – with the title 'Don't Vote, Fight For Socialism'. Meanwhile, Salford has some of the worst voter turnouts in the region.

With the deadline for registering to vote a minute before midnight tomorrow night, here the Salford Star looks at the options...

Full details here...

 
 
KARL MARX AND FRIEDRICH ENGELS EXHIBITION AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 20th May 2017

ENGELS AND MARX LINKS TO SALFORD AND MANCHESTER UNCOVERED

The Life and Works of Marx and Engels
Until 29th September
Working Class Movement Library free

In the run up to the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a new exhibition of books, photos, maps and words has opened at the Working Class Movement Library.

It not only covers the works and legacy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels but also their links to Manchester and Salford – particularly Engels who found love and inspiration during decades living in the area.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LISTED DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED AS PEGGY SEEGER SLATES ‘LAND GRABBERS’

Star date: 19th May 2017

WORLD FAMOUS ORDSALL GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED

The Salford listed gasworks made world famous by the Ewan MacColl song Dirty Old Town are to be demolished if proposals by the National Grid are passed by Salford City Council, as more of the city's heritage is set to disappear.

Today, Ewan MacColl's wife and songwriting partner, Peggy Seeger, slated the 'land grabbing' move and proposed an alternative use that could be "somewhere unlike anywhere in the world"...

Full details here...

 
 
IS THIS THE QUIETEST SALFORD GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN EVER?

Star date: 18th May 2017

NO GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS IN ANY OF SALFORD'S THREE SEATS YET

Is this the quietest General Election campaign ever in Salford? During the 2015 there were a multitude of candidates, and hustings all over the city giving voters a chance to grill candidates. This time, there are fewer parties, while the Salford Star has not heard of one such public meeting in any of Salford's three seats.

The nearest the city will get to a hustings, it seems, is tonight's ITV Leaders' Debate being broadcast live from Salford's MediaCity at 8pm – minus the leaders of the two main parties!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FACES NO OPPOSITION AT ALL AS DEMOCRACY FAILS

Star date: 17th May 2017

DEMOCRACY INACTION AS TORIES FAIL TO UTTER A WORD OF OPPOSITION

This morning, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, welcomed pupils from Oasis Academy to the full meeting of Salford City Council, so they could "observe democracy in action".

What the pupils saw was nothing of the sort, as the Tory opposition failed to utter a word of challenge to endless grandstanding speeches by Labour Party councillors, stage managed 'questions' by those same Labour councillors...and what happened to a report on the controversial AJ Bell Stadium that was due to be discussed?

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL KICKS 50% OFF HOUSING WAITING LIST

Star date: 16th May 2017

£500 PER DAY CONSULTANT TO BE BROUGHT IN TO GAUGE FAIRNESS OF HOUSING ALLOCATIONS

Since Salford City Council's new Allocations Scheme was approved in 2015, half of all people on the city's housing waiting list have been kicked off it – a reduction from 14,194 households previously on its register, to 7,600 now.

The Council is to pay a consultant £500 per day to gauge the fairness of its Housing Allocations Scheme and review the policy, including introducing what it calls a possible 'housing options approach to customers with greater income opportunities'...

Full details here...

 
 
ANTHONY GRAINGER FAMILY CONDEMN ‘STAGGERING INEPTITUDE’ OF GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Star date: 16th May 2017

GMP CONDEMNED BY GRAINGER FAMILY FOR 'INCOMPENENCE' 'INEPTITUDE' AND 'SHOCKING ATTEMPTS AT A COVER UP'...

As the Inquiry into the fatal police shooting of unarmed Salford man, Anthony Grainger, draws to a close, the Grainger family has issued a statement that couldn't be any stronger in its condemnation of Greater Manchester Police.

The family accuse GMP of 'a catalogue of failings', 'incompetence', 'staggering ineptitude' and 'shocking attempts at a cover up'. The statement concludes that "The family have absolutely no confidence in GMP..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS MANCHESTER NAME CHANGE WOULD BE A ‘SMEAR ON THE CITY’ SAYS REBECCA LONG-BAILEY

Star date: 16th May 2017

'SALFORD FOREVER, MANCHESTER NEVER' OPPOSITION GROWS WITH PUBLIC MEETING

Last night, supporters of Salford Red Devils met at the Dog and Partridge pub in Eccles to discuss opposition to a possible 'Manchester' name change by owner Marwan Koukash. They had backing from Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey who said "To not have the name 'Salford' is a smear on this city".

After the meeting a Save Our Club petition was launched which already has over 250 signatures, as Gareth Lyons reports.

Full details here...

 
 
SHIRLEY BAKER EXHIBITION OF STUNNING SALFORD COMMUNITY PHOTOS AT MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

Star date: 15th May 2017

WOMEN AND CHILDREN; AND LOITERING MEN EXHIBITION

Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men
From Friday 19th May – 28th August
Manchester Art Gallery

A major new exhibition by top Salford photographer, Shirley Baker, opens this Friday at Manchester Art Gallery. The stunning photos, taken between 1960 and 1980, capture the spirit of communities living in inner city Manchester and Salford during what was known as 'urban clearance'.
 
While the photos show kids playing and mums chatting, exhibition curator Anna Douglas argues that Shirley Baker didn't want them to be seen as nostalgia... "She was morally outraged by the way people were being treated..."

Full exhibition preview here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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