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SALFORD COMMUNITY SONGS AND JAM TO SAVE DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS
 

Star date: 10th June 2018

COMMUNITY SONGS AND JAM SESSION TO STOP DEMOLITION OF SALFORD GASWORKS

Community Songs and Instrument Jam
Sunday 17th June 2pm
Salford Gasworks, Liverpool Street

As work begins to demolish Salford gasworks, made famous in Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town, the community is mobilising to try and get the National Grid to revamp them, rather than trash yet more of the city's heritage. Petitions have been launched and next Sunday there is to be a community singsong and jam session at the site.

Full details here...


Last month, the Salford Star revealed that a demolition team had moved onto the site of the gasworks on Liverpool Street in Ordsall to begin the year long task of dismantling them, after Salford City Council gave planning permission to the National Grid (see previous article – click here).

Since the news broke, two petitions have been launched to try and get the National Grid to save the structures and revamp them into something iconic, as has happened in London and other cities, where old gas holders have been converted for new uses (see here).

The Ordsall gasworks were made famous in Ewan MacColl's song, Dirty Old Town... 'I found my love by the gasworks croft...'. MacColl's wife, Peggy Seeger, was horrified when she learned of the demolition, accusing 'land grabbers' of profiting from the strategic and profitable site near MediaCityUK...

"The gasworks skeleton, rusty or not, is magnificent" she said "If we didn't live in a land-grabbing commercial system, the gasworks scaffolding could have been strengthened and turned into latticework for climbing plants.

"The internal spaces could hold a maze, a secret garden, a cafe, trees…fountains… secret spaces to discover...somewhere unlike anywhere in the world" she added "Good for the environment and Salford's fresh air, and a magic place for children of any age..."

Now the local community, who want to see the iconic structures saved, are beginning to mobilise. On hearing the news, musician and artist, Tony Easom, took his guitar down to the site and filmed himself playing Dirty Old Town, which has had over 37,000 views on Facebook (see here).

Now Tony is expanding the idea, inviting everyone down to the site next Sunday 17th June at 2pm for a communal singsong and instrument jam...

"There will be a few of us with acoustic instruments to lead the song, others can bring instruments to join in as a big jam, or just come along and sing" he says "I am sure people will want to have it recorded on phones too.

"It's a way of saying farewell to the old place; a part of history" he adds "Bring an instrument, spoons, rattles or just your good selves and sing your heart out with us. Let's have a communal jam session of this great song before they tear it down, or hopefully revamp the old girl..."

Revamping the locally listed structures is what Katrina Bell is after. She's launched a petition, 'A last attempt to tempt investors to revamp the gasworks...Please think outside the box for a new use of a Salford heritage site'...

"These gasworks have been part of Salford for generations" she explains "The Council and National Grid have been secretive about what their plans are for this site, and no doubt the site will be used for unaffordable houses or apartments.

"It's like every little piece of land that is unattended is being used for development" she adds "And we are losing a lot of parks, old buildings and historic sites."

Tony points out that next Sunday is also Father's Day... "What a way to celebrate it" he says "Include your kids in something like this and say goodbye to a metaphorical father who's looked over us for so many generations...before it's torn down or renovated..."

Community Songs and Instrument Jam
Sunday 17th June 2pm
Salford Gasworks, Liverpool Street

The actual event will take place on West Egerton Street at the side of the gasworks M54B


*To sign Katrina's petition – click here

*To sign Tony's petition – click here

See also previous Salford Star article – click here

Bob the regular wrote
at 07:41:33 on 12 June 2018
Wow Eighty k a year. Thats more than the lads on the hod get. Even working 6 days pulling their tripe out they are only getting £250 a day down the smoke. High class lads on the trowel are getting £500 a day, 10 hours working their balls off. If my back wasn,t bad I would be coming out of retirement to join em.Good to see the workers (some of them at least) making hay while the sun shines. It wont last long though.
 
Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 07:39:16 on 12 June 2018
Bob the regular; you went off topic a bit there Old Fellow, but your words suprised me. You see I thought that brickies, those horny handed sons of toil that you regularly wax lyrical about, were often whining about how the influx of Eastern Europeans had knocked there wages back to fifty nicker per day.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 15:50:32 on 11 June 2018
Wow Eighty k a year. Thats more than the lads on the hod get. Even working 6 days pulling their tripe out they are only getting £250 a day down the smoke. High class lads on the trowel are getting £500 a day, 10 hours working their balls off. If my back wasn,t bad I would be coming out of retirement to join em.Good to see the workers (some of them at least) making hay while the sun shines. It wont last long though.
 
Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 05:07:49 on 11 June 2018
Bob the regular, I don't want to crow, but the idea of yuppie flats and noise from the scrap yard can be countered by things like triple glazing. I know you'll inevitably rubbish what I'm saying, but trust me, it would work. On top of that, the affluent yuppies' d be out all day, earning their eighty K a year.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 21:13:56 on 10 June 2018
Like I said before, these gasholder frames could be part of a yuppie flats development.I know this sounds out of character for me, but which of us would like to live next to EMR. (great firm good scrap prices). EMR aint going anywhere, there is nowhere for them to go. The yuppies would love that site, with the song thrown in free.Doing it this way would even bring the developers more cash,as higher densities could be reached. It would look great as well,just look at the one in London.
 
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