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DIRTY OLD TOWN PERFORMED NEAR SALFORD GASWORKS IN DEMOLITION PROTEST
 

Star date: 17th June 2018

SALFORD MUSICAL PROTEST TO STOP DEMOLITION OF DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS

This afternoon saw Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town performed like never before near the famous gasworks, as a musical protest posse played instruments and sang along to the anthem to try to get the National Grid to stop the demolition of the iconic gas holders and re-think their use.

Full details here...


Salford Dirty Old Town gasworks demolition music protest Salford Dirty Old Town gasworks demolition music protest
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If the National Grid and Salford City Council thought Salfordians would stand by and let the iconic gas holders on Liverpool Street be demolished quietly, they have another think coming.

With two petitions on the go*, this afternoon also saw a musical protest, with an array of people singing along to Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town right next to the locally listed structures.

The gasworks epitomise Salford cultural heritage, as featured in the first line of MacColl's world famous song... 'I found my love by the gasworks croft/Dreamed a dream by the old canal...'

"They are iconic buildings and they could be made into much better structures, a community hub for all of Salford" explained Katrina Bell, who started one of the petitions "I just don't want to see them go they've been here that long."

Meanwhile Tony Easom, who organised the jam as well as another petition, was thrilled with the turnout of over two dozen people...

"It was great, I enjoyed every minute of it" he said "All these people turned up and joined in with us and a guy came along with a Salford City flag. Martin Gittens was here, Graham Walker, Bernard Cromarty and a host of others...We had a really good jam session."

But is it going to save them? "I'd like to think so yes" Tony insisted "We could do more of these leading up to them trying to demolish them. And if we lose and they do demolish them...maybe we should have a music festival here every year for Ewan MacColl and Dirty Old Town."

Of course, everyone present was hoping it won't come to that and the National Grid will, instead of demolishing the structures, re-think new creative uses for them, as has been done in London and many other places. In the meantime, the protests continue...


To see a video of the jam session see the Salford Star You Tube channel click here

For more background see previous Salford Star article click here

*To sign the two petitions click here and click here

Brenda Camille wrote
at 07:05:44 on 22 June 2018
Should save. As we grow up with them looking as us ever day passed the wall and so did are grandparents an d them before . If they could talk wat a tail they could tell and when I see that wall I remember righting on it I love. ----- who ever couse times were hard. But give me them any day than at present. With stabing and not safe. When I see the gas works. It daft. But they make me smile cause I remember old Salford and old friend s. Thy can be made to look good even the wall could be painted with all old Salford seens and look fab from kids pushing prams off coal and so on Good work Tony. I'll help if can. 😘 All have a good day.

CBP wrote
at 13:16:38 on 18 June 2018
It's funny that the Oval cricket ground gas holders can get the council to locally list and English Heritage to nationally list theirs as heritage assets, yet in Salford nobody gives a toss except the local community and nobody seems to give a toss about their voice either. In Germany, where civil servants actually do care about catering for a decent civic community they've turned their 1920's gas holder into one of the most spectacular art galleries in Europe. https://www.gasometer.de/en

Edward Clark wrote
at 09:13:16 on 18 June 2018
Fantastic event. Masses of positive energyenergy . Let's get behindbehind this Salford.show what wewe Salfordonians are made of!!

Deborah Allman wrote
at 09:12:56 on 18 June 2018
I was born and bread in Salford. My parents went through hard times they born 10 children. Worked all there lives to put fo put food on the table. The gas works was not in there mind set. Nor in mine it is a inanimate structure no feelings. Go back to your roots . I am a Salfordian and proud of it. The buildings around me did not give me that pride although they were are marker. The pride comes from within the values taught and lessons learnt from hard working genuine people. Take care of your family embrace their diversity we are all unique. We all need to feel valued and loved no matter what race we are. Salfordians are pioneer's.

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