The Eccles and Patricroft Journal used to have a music correspondent who went by the name of "Tempo", he would review the latest albums and interview the local pop and folk groups.
I came across this story from October 1970 and tells of the the folk trio, Centre Folk.
The group consisted of and I quote,
"The group consists of, Martin Stimson, the handsome, single, lead guitarist who plays the Tenor mandolin and banjo, a Manchester Corporation employee who lives on Worsley Road, Winton.
"Ann Rhodes the pretty one who arranges much of the groups material, she plays the guitar and mandolin, and is a housewife with two children who lives on Worsley Road, Swinton.
"Terry Sherwood the bearded comedian, who plays the Spanish guitar, banjo and mouth organ lives on Gilda Crescent Road, Eccles.
The group came about by accident when they were all learning the guitar at the Eccles Adult Education Centre and the class was asked to provide music for the social dance, sadly they were the only three who turned up, but the show must go on, the trio took to the stage and the band was born!
They were the resident group at The Two Brewers pub on Regent Road, Salford and played at The Hephalump Club in Eccles, never heard of that one, where was it?
A tape of their music was sent to Radio Manchester and was met with praise, the group had a manager, Keith Rhodes who was told their music would be played on the airwaves.
He then added that the band would go ahead writing and producing their own material in the Winter of 1970/71.
Success surely beckoned?
Sadly I don't think Centrefolk made the big time, I would love to know what happened to them,, the name Martin Stimson does ring a bell though.
Any ideas what happened to them or did you see them perform?
Patrick Brennan, 73, sadly passed away at his home on Hunterston Avenue, Eccles on Wednesday 18th November 2020.
Police say that there are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Anyone who has any information about Patrick Brennan's next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
Officers in Eccles are currently out looking for a missing person.
Faaiza ASHAR described as an Asian female, 52 years old, about 5'6, of large build with short blonde hair.
She was last known to be wearing a pink / peach scarf as well as a cardigan, the female was last seen on foot around Milton Street, Eccles. Its unknown if she is still wearing her glasses or not.
If you see her call 101 and quote log 1166/24112020
Despite adverse weather conditions and repeated warnings about mass gatherings with the covid pandemic, it was certain that the people would turn out to pay their respects at Eccles War Memorial today.
Several hundred attended the muted service to lay wreaths, poppies and individual messages of support for the fallen.
Wreaths were laid by The Merchant Navy Association, Eccles Labour Party, British Legion, Royal Air Force, Boy Scouts and others.
A two minute silence was respectfully observed, whilst the poem, For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon was read out with the immortal line, "We will remember them.
The crowd was once again of all ages with children laying crosses and poppies, local motorcycle groups once again attended with flags flying from their bikes and were roundly applauded as they drove away.
A sad day, but heartening to see people attending and lets be honest, they were not going to stay away as other Remembrance Sunday services in Salford testified.