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SALFORD STAR SAVED AS 3,000 RAISED BY THE COMMUNITY
 

Star date: 10th December 2018

NIGEL PIVARO CONCLUDES SALFORD STAR FUNDRAISING WITH SALFORD PRECINCT AUCTION

After two auctions, two exhibitions and a pop-up shop over just ten days, the immediate future of the Salford Star has been saved, with around 3,000 raised by the community.

At Salford Shopping Centre yesterday, over 1,000 was raised as actor and long time Salford Star contributor, Nigel Pivaro conducted an auction of Salford relics and memorabilia... "This isn't just about raising money for the Salford Star" said Nigel "It's also symbolic in terms of raising awareness of what we've done over the years...shining the torch where councils, developers and companies don't like it shone..."

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Over the last ten days, the Salford Star has held two auctions and two exhibitions from its pop-up shop in Salford Precinct which altogether has raised around 3,000.

Following the Charles Taylor auction last week of fine art and memorabilia, a further auction and afternoon of events took place yesterday at the Shopping Centre unit, which raised over 1,000.

Amongst other items, up for grabs were a genuine piece of the Salford Quays Cargo Cranes and The Last Brick in Broughton...

"This auction isn't just existential, raising money for the Salford Star, it's also symbolic of what we've done over the years" said actor and long time Star contributor Nigel Pivaro "...shining the torch where councils, developers and companies don't like it shone..."

As Nigel was auctioning the fragment of Salford Quays Cranes, he referred to their demolition by Salford City Council..."This is very sad...What a disgrace that was...Ian Stewart, hang your head in shame..."

Also up for auction was a giant bolt from the gas holders on Liverpool Street, one of which has already been demolished. The iconic gasworks were made famous by Ewan MacColl's Salford anthem, Dirty Old Town, and, last Friday, the MacColl Family Estate made a donation (unrequested) to the Salford Star. We decided to withdraw the bolt from the auction and, instead, send it to the MacColl family where it truly belongs.

The first part of the auction was conducted by the exuberant-to-the-max, Simon Williams, who chivvied up the packed shop as he took bids for everything from beautiful children's items, to artworks, vinyl albums, books and even Manchester Liners playing cards donated by the community.

Earlier, Simon had performed his latest batch of poems, as the writer and broadcaster forges a name as Salford's latest verse master, with subjects ranging from the Peterloo Massacre to Salford Red Devils and even the Salford Star.

Meanwhile Chris Flynn, accompanied by a double bass player, entertained the audience with his stunning songs, and performance artist Sandra Bouguerch brought her balloon-led family show, Party On, to the Precinct concourse.

All in all, the ten days at Salford Shopping Centre were a success beyond the dreams of the Salford Star dozens of volunteers helped mount the exhibitions, serve in the shop and make bracelets and key rings that sold out within hours. Three orders of Salford Star t-shirts also sold out, as did our mugs and hoodies. Everyone worked together to ensure the ten days were a stunning success.

"What was incredible was that this was a real community effort, from the tower block tenants across the road from the Precinct, to those currently fighting campaigns, to people who had been with the Star from Day One and others who just wondered in and liked what saw" says Salford Star editor and co-founder Stephen Kingston

"The message that came across from the real community of Salford was that they were determined not to let the Salford Star die" he adds "And the message back to the community is that we will not let the Salford Star die. After this phenomenal support, we're lost for words except to say that the Salford Star lives on!"


The Salford Star would like to thank the management and staff of Salford Shopping Centre, Charles Taylor Auctioneer (Salford), Nigel Pivaro, who came up from London specially, and the dozens and dozens of people who donated items for the auction, who manned the shop, created the exhibitions, donated hard earned cash and helped to create some of the maddest ten days proper Salford has ever seen...


Update: 11th December - videos of the day are now on the Salford Star You Tube Channel -

Nigel Pivaro Auctions the Salford Quays Cargo Crane Fragment, a Bolt from the Dirty Old Town Gas Holders and The Last Brick In Broughton - click here and click here and click here

Simon Williams Performs The Pope Is A Salfordian - click here

Snippet from Chris Flynn's brilliant performance - click here

Sandra Bouguerch does Party On - click here



Main photo by Gareth Lyons

Jon crav wrote
at 06:52:30 on 02 January 2019
Pity I hoped it closed not read such crap not a nice story in it all doom and gloom and scaring folke well let's hope you spend the 3000 quick 🤣🤣

Brian F KIRKHAM wrote
at 22:07:30 on 16 December 2018
Hi folks. Your old contributor from Ordsall undercover here. Yours truly has had an idea, feel free to access my works free and gratis from the inkwell....or perhaps you could charge a tenner for a printed copy....all I ask is you keep my name on the writing, they have come from my computer after all ! Drop me a line if this interests you.

ROSSI wrote
at 20:34:29 on 13 December 2018
Alice, I don't want to rain on your parade, but three grand, after advertising something for weeks, is peanuts. It's not an unmitigated failure, but not is it a success. I suggested that you get a Go Fund Me or PATREON ACCOUNT. You said that people can already donate via the website. I stand corrected. But you need to highlight that donation page,as it seems to be hidden away. It should be the most VISIBLE thing on the website. Otherwise the Star is going the way of the Dodo, and Steve'll soon be applying for Universal Credit.

Alice wrote
at 17:54:38 on 12 December 2018
What a wonderful result which shows how much the Star is respected and how much the community wants it to continue. I was overcome by the atmosphere of support and the generosity if those who came to our pop up shop. People contributed with cakes and drinks or bought old Star mags which reminded them of past campaigns and past disappointments. We laughed and we cheered, especially those who saw the irony in some of the items. Where else would you get a brick and a rusty bolt going for 100. These were symbolic of the attitude of the Star which has valued the historic and the unique with an irony lost on those with little imagination.

Gareth L wrote
at 20:09:45 on 11 December 2018
Really fun day.

Mary Ferrer wrote
at 20:09:06 on 11 December 2018
This is the best news I have heard in a long time. We must make sure we keep Stephen and the Star out there finding out what is going on behind our backs. The star is our eyes and ears. We have no opposition within our council,so if we have No star we are up.the creek without a paddle. The star have been involved with so many groups over the years. So GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

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