HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
THE GREAT SALFORDIANS NIGHT
 

Star date: 20th November 2011

TRUE SALFORDIANS SUPPORT START IN SALFORD 

When top charity, Start in Salford, needed to raise funds, the idea came up for a Great Salfordians night, to be attended by all the Salford stars. The night happened recently at The Lowry Hotel.

We sent Nigel Pivaro along to see how it went…

Full story here…


Great Salfordians Night Great Salfordians Night
click image to enlarge

Never meet your heroes they say…unless it happens to be Brian Kidd who turns out to be reserved, polite, completely self effacing and still every inch the picture of athletic prowess that saw him storming down the wing against Benfica back in 68.

Kiddo, the former United European Cup winner and now Manchester City's assistant manager, proved that other maxim `There is always an exception to every rule'… What a top bloke! What a pleasure to meet Mr Kidd at the Great Salfordians charity night in aid of the Start in Salford project at the Lowry Hotel last month.

The night was well attended despite these economically calamitous times, and money was raised for a charity that helps to treat over a thousand Salfordians suffering from some form of mental health problems.

Those problems might range from depression to alcohol or drug related conditions. Mental health will affect at least one in three people during their lifetime and is often a hidden disease. People suffering from these issues can appear outwardly fine but be in turmoil internally and the problem may only become apparent when the person suffers a complete breakdown or does something that harms themselves or others.

Start in Salford came about mainly due to the efforts of Bernadette Conlon who will tell anybody in earshot that the charity began out of the boot of her car twenty years ago. From those early beginnings Start now occupies an imposing former Sunday School on Broad Street, runs courses in pottery, carpentry, photography, painting and gardening.

The clients are brought back to good health through the therapy of participating in craft and art projects, and much of the end products that come from the classes such as furniture, crockery and textiles are then sold, with the profits re-invested into the running costs of the charity.

Joining Brian Kidd on the sportsmen's table was Salford City player manager Rhodri Giggs. Sadly his also invited brother was otherwise engaged (according to one tabloid battling it out in a street slanging match with someone involved in a recent kiss and tell episode). However, brother Rhodri showed where the real class was to be found in the family, quietly enjoying the evening with friends.

Peter Hook at least sent his apologies for his non attendance, apparently some of his former band mates were audaciously using the name of a band they all used to play in. Artist Harold Riley could not attend due to illness, but that didn't stop Bill Tarmey, former MC of the long lamented Condon Club, who turned up despite experiencing breathing difficulties.

He was joined by Street newcomer Ian Puleston Davies, who plays Owen Armstrong in the show adding to his lengthy list of TV credits including Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road and Blackpool.

Sadly other Salfordian celebs could not be reached due, it seems, to the best efforts of their agents to frustrate pleas from the charity for their attendance at a hometown fundraising night. Well, it was their loss because despite the rarefied ostentation of the Lowry, the evening had the flavour of a right old Salford rave up.

Councillor John Warmisham played his part, skulking in the corner like a grumpy uncle who would prefer to be in the vault playing dominoes - even if sisterly Hazel Blears MP was signalling that it would be alright to enjoy to himself just this once.

The irrepressible Mike Sweeney was on form as the MC, suited and booted, face like a robber's dog. Funny and serious in equal measure Sweeney kept the evening floating along until stringing a guitar around his neck and scaring us all with his rendition of a Johnny Cash number. I think the most fearful amongst us was the lead singer of the band with whom Sweeney was trying to murder some sort of harmony. In the end we forgave him for strangling the number, after all we let him off with the Salford Jets so after that we can forgive anything.

Money raised on the night, a combination of ticket sales, casino monies and auction prizes, amounted to over £7,500 which will go towards the charity's costs of over £650,000 per annum.

Hopefully the night has gone some way to putting a great Salford charity on the map by raising its profile and setting up Great Salfordians for an even bigger turn out next year. There is no doubt in my mind that Bernadette deserves the title for this year, even if she is from the wrong side of the Ship Canal…Are you paying attention Russell Watson?

For further detail on the top work of Start in Salford see www.startinsalford.org.uk

Words and photos by Nigel Pivaro

asalfordlad wrote
at 05:37:36 on 23 November 2011
I was fortunite to be able to attended this event and can say it was a such great night which Salford could be prod of which i realy enjoyed the evening as all did i could see and yes you are right it was a pitty some of the selebs did not make the night, But it was there loss in my opinion. and i also now that Harold Rilly could not attend through illness .But i herd notonly did did donate to start in salford but also he kindly also offerd to judge the new anual start Art compatiton. .Nice one mate
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Giraffe
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
I think Gareth is right on this. If you enlarge the pictures a bit you can see most of them have this "Labour voter" look about th... [more]
article: ECCLES HOMELESS SHELTER COURT CASE SET FOR END OF JANUARY
Wow, so the homeless and unemployed have better chance of access to a dentist than the average taxpayer. Wow.... [more]
article: ECCLES HOMELESS SHELTER COURT CASE SET FOR END OF JANUARY
The Salford Unemployed and Community Resourse Centre must be complimented for its caring and advocacy services. Alex Mcfaddon and ... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
I don't mind housing, I just mind the way they are going about it. respect the listing, make it shorter, provide enough parking, o... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Felsey,the lesson to be learnt from the recent events at Westminister is that the birds are finally coming home to roost on lyi... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD LADY MARGARET MCHALE TURNS ONE HUNDRED AT THE BROUGHTONS

Star date: 20th January 2019

FROM HANKY PARK TO LITTLETON ROAD VIA LANCASTER BOMBERS AND THE 'MONKEY RUN'

Salford's Margaret McHale turned one hundred this week as her six children and relatives gathered for a huge party at The Broughtons Care Home. Born in Hanky Park, Margaret moved around central Salford, to Ellor Street, Warburton Street and finally to Littleton Road, as part of the slum clearances.

A proper Salford lass, Margaret worked on Lancaster Bombers during the war and as a machinist in Strangeways, and, as the family partied with residents and staff, there were a zillion anecdotes that will echo with loads of local families.

Full details here...

NEW SALFORD APPRENTICESHIPS AT ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST

Star date: 20th January 2019

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, is looking to take on young Salford people and has places for craft apprenticeships, which include overhead line workers and cable jointers, and higher level apprenticeships, which include roles such as design and control engineer.

Full details here...

ECCLES HOMELESS SHELTER COURT CASE SET FOR END OF JANUARY

Star date: 18th January 2019

TOOTHBRUSHES AND SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS

On 9th January at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, the judge allowed an eight day extension for those homeless people currently occupying the old doctor's surgery in Eccles. The case has now been set for the end of January, giving them an extra two weeks to prepare a legal defence.

Meanwhile this week, the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre, which is helping the Shelter, took delivery of loads of pairs of thick winter socks and around one hundred toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes donated towards its new Medical and Dental Surgery for the homeless and ex-offenders.

Full details here...

SALFORD GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE STEP CLOSER TO BEING SAVED

Star date: 17th January 2019

NEW OWNER CONSIDERS RESTORATION PLANS FOR LOWER BROUGHTON THEATRE

After Lower Broughton's 'at risk' Grade II listed Victoria Theatre was sold last year, there were fears that it would be pulled down for development but the Salford Victoria Theatre Trust has today announced that its new owner "has engaged with the group to seek out a way forward, even vowing to consider plans to restore it for its original purpose".

The Trust is now putting together a business plan and pitch to present to the owner at the end of the month, with a meeting planned with Salford City Council next month to discuss the theatre's future.

Full details here...

COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Star date: 16th January 2019

'IT'S THROWING RESIDENTS TO THE WOLVES OF RAMPANT DEVELOPMENT'

Before a full meeting of Salford Council this morning, residents campaigning against development on green spaces in the city held a demonstration outside the Civic Centre.

Representatives of campaigns including from Campbell Road, Duncan Matheson, Walkden and Buile Hill Park then went into the meeting to hear City Mayor, Paul Dennett, say that the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was "protecting green belt and green spaces", after Carol Boyce of Saving Our Neighbourhood had accused the Council of "throwing residents to the wolves of rampant development".

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx