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    Walkden South Local Election

    The election for the Walkden South ward had been postponed by the Returning Officer Jim Taylor after the unfortunate death of a candidate. George Andrew Darlington (aged 68) was standing as the Conservative Party candidate but sadly took ill and later died at the end of April. As a result the ward did not get a chance to elect at the same time as the rest of Salford and so a new date was set for Thursday the 20th of June. Polling Stations will open around the ward from 7am and remain open until 10pm, with the results announced once the votes have been counted later that night.
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  9. The election for the Walkden South ward had been postponed by the Returning Officer Jim Taylor after the unfortunate death of a candidate. George Andrew Darlington (aged 68) was standing as the Conservative Party candidate but sadly took ill and later died at the end of April. As a result the ward did not get a chance to elect at the same time as the rest of Salford and so a new date was set for Thursday the 20th of June. Polling Stations will open around the ward from 7am and remain open until 10pm, with the results announced once the votes have been counted later that night. The five candidates contesting the ward seat are, John Paul Atley, Liberal Democrats Joshua Mark Brooks, Labour Party David Simon Cawdrey, The Conservative Party Thomas Matthew Dylan, Green Party Tony Green, UK Independence Party If you are registered to vote it should tell you where your local polling station is, if you have not received a polling card you may still be on the list and eligible to cast your vote. You can find out the closest station to you via the councils link bellow. Simply add your post code or street address to the box and hit search. https://www.salford.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/voting/where-is-my-polling-station/
  10. At around 12.10am on Sunday 17 March 2019 a man in his 40s was assaulted after an argument with the offender – another man who is believed to be in his 20s. The offender punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the floor and bang his head. The incident happened near to the Mojo bar on Bridge Street, Manchester. The victim was knocked unconscious during the assault after hitting his head on the floor. He sustained injuries to his nose and face, as well as suffered head injuries which required hospital treatment. The offender is described as white and with short brown hair. He is described as being 5ft 9 inches tall with stubble. At the time of the assault he was wearing a khaki waist-length parker coat which had fur around the hood. He also wore blue jeans. Police Constable Michelle Cording, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 4275 quoting incident number 267 of 17/03/19.” Information can be also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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  12. Police arrested 10 suspects yesterday as they carried out the second phase of Operation Ballerina which aims to clamp down on the supply of drugs into Bury. Police carried our early morning raids on 6 properties across the region following on from previous raids carried out last week. This morning 8 of those arrested were charged on counts of supplying crack cocaine and heroin. Stephen Barlow, (06/07/1976) of Second Avenue, Oldham, has been charged with three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin. Craig Dalton, (16/07/1972), of Caversham Drive, Manchester, has been charged with five counts of supplying crack cocaine and five counts of supplying heroin. Aaron Wren, (15/08/1985), of Lancaster Road, Salford, has been charged with three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin. Five of those arrested have all been charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis and money laundering. Aaron Fitzmaurice, (30/06/1985), of Kingsway, Manchester Anthony Fitzmaurice, (06/10/1994), of Kingsway, Manchester Jamie Fitzmaurice, (06/03/1997), of Kingsway, Manchester Claire Fitzmaurice, (03/07/1992), of Kingsway, Manchester Sarah Fitzmaurice, (20/08/1964), of Kingsway, Manchester They have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ later today, (Friday 14 June 2019). A man and woman, who were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and money laundering, have been released under investigation.
  13. Set in the competitive world of boxing, Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring. The production comes to Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 September and tickets are on-sale now. It returns to Manchester by popular demand after visiting Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club earlier this year as part of its third UK tour in a special site-specific performance, and previously played at Hope Mill Theatre in 2017. Gypsy Queen explores LGBTQI visibility in sport, faith, sexuality, and the notion of masculinity. It tells the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, a bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. He is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. This critically acclaimed love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely of worlds. But can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The play features just two actors, who play nine characters between them, portraying comedy, drama and physicality in equal measure. Gypsy Queen is written by Rob Ward, who also plays the role of George O’Connell. John Askew reprises the role of Dane, having previously played the role at select dates during 2019 spring tour, at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and the Gypsy Queen UK Tour 2018. The play is directed by Chris Lawson and produced by Emmerson & Ward Productions.Producer Max Emmerson commented, Gypsy Queen was nominated for two Manchester Theatre Awards 2018 in the categories of best new play and best fringe production. The play was a knock-out success during its recent tour, garnering four and five-star reviews. It also received stellar reviews at Edinburgh in 2017 and 2018, and was selected as one of LGBT Youth Scotland’s Top Ten Festival Picks at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. It was also longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, with writer Rob Ward named as one of the British Council’s Emerging Artists for 2017. The List also placed Gypsy Queen 39th on its list of best festival shows based on the opinions of a range of reviewers – out of 3,500 overall. Gypsy Queen is suitable for audiences aged 16 upwards. The play contains strong language, nudity, and scenes of a sexual nature. Website: www.gypsyqueentour.com/ Facebook: GypsyQueen Tour Twitter: @GypsyQueenTour LISTING INFORMATION GYPSY QUEEN Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 September VENUE Hope Hill Theatre 113 Pollard Street Manchester M4 7JA PERFORMANCE TIMES 8pm (& 3pm on Saturday 21st September) TICKETS £12 standard / £10 Concession Book online at https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/events/gypsy-queen-2/
  14. The producers of Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL announced today that Louise Redknapp will star as Violet Newstead and Amber Davies will star as Judy Bernly when the smash hit musical plays the Palace Theatre Manchester from 17-21 September. Full casting to be announced soon. Louise Redknapp is currently playing the role of Violet Newstead in the West End production of the show. She most recently starred as ‘Sally Bowles’ in the national tour of “Cabaret” and in 2016 she reached the final of “Strictly Come Dancing”. As a musician Louise has sold millions of records. She was a member of the band Eternal before embarking on a highly successful solo career, with her first live shows in 15 years selling out all over the UK. Amber Davies is currently playing the role of Judy Bernly in the West End production of the show. She graduated in 2016 with a Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Urdang Academy. Her credits whilst training include “Bring It On”, “My Favourite Year” and “Memphis”. In 2017 Amber was the winner of the hit ITV reality series “Love Island”. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL opened in the West End in February, where Dolly Parton attended the premiere and joined the cast on stage at the finale. The musical features a book by Patricia Resnick, the legendary film’s original screenwriter, and an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by multi Grammy Award winner, country legend and pop icon Dolly Parton. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Inspired by the cult film this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business! 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is written by Patricia Resnick, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It is directed by Jeff Calhoun, choreography by Lisa Stevens, design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Poti Martin, video design by Nina Dunn, original arrangements by Stephen Oremus & Alex Lacamoire, original Broadway orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, musical supervisor, reductions & extra arrangements by Mark Crossland, musical direction by Andrew Hilton and casting by Victoria Roe. Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin Productions with Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Showtime Theatre Productions, Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Harmonia Holdings and Kilimanjaro Live. LISTINGS INFORMATION 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL Tuesday 17-Saturday 21 September Manchester Palace Theatre www.atgtickets.com/Manchester Website: 9to5themusical.co.uk Instagram: @9to5themusicaluk Facebook: 9to5TheMusicalUK Twitter: @9to5MusicalUK YouTube: 9 to 5 The Musical
  15. With knife crime on the increase and incidents in the nations capital seemingly happening on a daily basis, GMP has combined forces with GM Council to target problem areas within Greater Manchester at the same time as paying visits local schools to highlight the problem and educate children on the dangers and consequences of carrying knives. As part of Op Sceptre, the national campaign to tackle knife crime, from Friday 14 June additional GMP officers will be deployed across the north of Manchester, over every weekend throughout the summer, until Sunday 1 September. Ahead of the national campaign, that will be taking place towards the end of this year, this initial operation will target specific hotspots in the north throughout the busier summer months. Officers will be using all appropriate powers at their disposal to disrupt and prosecute those who routinely carry weapons and commit serious violent crime. As well as officers conducting stop and searches within the community, Manchester City Council will be visiting local schools to educate children through presentations on the dangers of knife crime. The recent rise in knife crime is shown through figures obtained from January to February this year where a total of 139 crimes where a knife or machete was used, seen or threatened and an increase of 21% were seen between March and April to 168 crimes. Superintendent Umer Khan said, Councillor Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said,
  16. The following have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs after being arrested after GMP carried out raids at properties on Valencia Road and Littleton Road in Kersal, Mulberry Court in Pendleton and Walley Square in Higher Broughton. Darren Horrocks (08/04/1970) of Valencia Avenue, Salford. Joanna Zblewska (31/08/1978) 132 Mulberry Court, Salford. Samantha Cox Born (11/06/1990) of Littleton Road, Salford has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and two counts of money laundering. All three have been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court today (Thursday 13 June 2019). On Tuesday 11 June 2019, officers executed warrants in Kersal, Pendleton and Higher Broughton, arresting eight people and seizing cash and drugs. In an interview shortly after the raids were carried out, Detective Inspector Martin Ashurst said, Two women aged 55 and 59 and three men aged 52, 58 and 21 have been bailed pending further enquiries.
  17. Settle down in the cheap seats please! Laydeez and Jellymen it's the news you have all been waiting for, possibly. After the amazing success of last years history walk around Eccles, I (Tony) shall be doing the Eccles history walk which is mainly pub related I admit, but it's all history, on Sunday 30th June meeting at Eccles Train Station at 1pm. As per usual I shall regale you with tales of murders, suicides, arsenic contaminated beer, secret tunnels, millionaire born in local pub, Lusitania Riots, pub that was wrecked, foul mouthed Mynah bird, railway crashes, cholera pits, sundials, graveyards, bomb damaged buildings (bullet holes in the wall actually), long forgotten pubs, Eccles Cross, Eccles racecourse (yes we did have one) have I mentioned Fred Engels yet?, ladies of the night and much more, much more. How much is this historical, hysterical extravaganza going to cost me I hear you cry in alarm? The lowly pittance is a mere £3, yes you read that correctly, but as with all cheap deals there is a catch... I am doing this walk in aid of the emergency weekend foodbank at Mustard Tree, Eccles, after a conversation I had with the Manager, Peter Askew, a fine chap, who explained the plight many families face. So every penny will go towards purchasing food for them, also I ask you to bring along tinned food, such as, beans, meat, fruit, pot noodles, soup, rice, pasta, toiletries such as soap, wet wipes, toothpaste, talc etc which will go towards making up food parcels for the needy of the area, and believe me there are plenty of them. So I hope I have pricked your conscience and you come along and enjoy yourself knowing that you have done a good deed! I haven't mentioned the quiz yet, which takes place after this walk, with prizes! no, not tinned food, books etc and who knows there may even be a copy of the fabled History of Eccles Pubs book up for auction?
  18. This morning, (Thursday 13 June 2019), a team of officers executed warrants at properties across six addresses in the Manchester, Oldham, Salford and Bury areas. The warrants were issued as part of phase 2 of Operation Ballerina which was set up by GMP to target those believed to be involved in the supply of Class A drugs across Bury. Police have recovered a large amount of Class A drugs and cash and seven men and three women were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and supplying Class A drugs, they remain in custody. Paul Walker who is the Superintendent of GMP’s Bury district, said: Paul went on to say, Police carried out earlier raids last week under phase 1 of Operation Ballerina which targeted drug suppliers in the Bury area. Anyone who holds any information relating to this crime is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9023, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
  19. During the most inspirational week in the digital transformation calendar, over 230 events will take place for leaders across the UK offering them free access to best practice and innovative ideas. First in Salford, at 9 am Monday 17 June, is a Digital Salford Discovery session at Salford Civic Centre, Swinton. Guests will hear from Debbie Brown, Director of Service Reform and Steven Fry, Head of Customer and Digital Services and teams involved in a range of digital projects. These range from how the council is improving customer contact to making services quicker, easier and better, introducing a chatbot and enabling staff to work smarter. From 1.30 pm to 3 pm on Monday 17 June, Salford’s Chief Digital Officer Jon Corner hosts a session on Salford Smart City – Salford’s ambition for a connected city. Jon will be joined at The Landing by key commercial partners from Arup and Barclays to Deloitte for a roundtable conversation about the benefits that 5G can bring for public services. Finally, on Tuesday 18 June, from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, the council is hosting a livestream event - Salford’s Digital You – the life changing impact of digital inclusion. Join in online to hear about the challenges and successes of the council’s groundbreaking digital inclusion project for Salford residents. City Mayor Paul Dennett, speaking in 2018 said, Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders said, Robin Knowles CEO of Digital Leaders said, Digital Leaders Week gives those leaders born before the 1990s the skills and knowledge required to naturalise from ‘digital immigrants’ to ‘digital natives’; as well as ensure the UK tech industry remains at the forefront of global digital transformation. This digital transformation is especially poignant as a result of our changing relationship with our European neighbours and the rest of the world. For more information go to http://digileaders.com/week to hear first-hand the stories that will inspire digital change through people, outcomes and personal accountability. #digileaders #DLWeek
  20. Joseph Keith Morris of Beech Court, Salford, used his father in law’s van to help clear his sister’s garden – but then dumped the waste in a street half a mile away from his home. When tracked down by council officials Mr Morris admitted the offence, said he had been stupid and that his family’s response to his actions had been “a bit like torture.” Mr Morris, (dob 23/12/1976) a self-employed painter, decorator and handyman pleaded guilty to one offence of dumping controlled waste contrary to S33(1) and S33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when he appeared at Salford and Manchester magistrates court on Tuesday June 11. He was fined £530, ordered to pay £400 costs and a £53 victim surcharge. The court heard that a Salix Homes officer contacted the council after seeing Mr Morris illegally tipping the waste from a white Vauxhall van around 11.30am on Friday June 29, 2018. When traced and questioned by council officials he admitted the offence saying his sister had moved house and asked him to clear the back garden for it. He used his father in law’s van to clear the rubbish and went to the tip but there was a queue. He said his partner was angry and his father in law didn’t speak to him for two days which hurt because he was very close to the family. Speaking after the case Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, thanked the officer for reporting the incident. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at housing association Salix Homes, said: Salford City Council’s on-going Operation Pandora, cracking down on fly tippers, has now seen 62 offenders prosecuted for 85 fly tipping and litter offences, resulting in fines, costs and victim surcharges totalling nearly £68,000.
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  24. Angie Shepherd was aware that her father George was a keen amateur photographer and when she heard that he was about to chuck out his collection of negatives from 1963 - 1980 into the bin after being stored in a box in his bedroom, thankfully she sprang into action. When she sorted through them, apart from the beloved family photos, she was amazed to discover a treasure trove of photographs taken of long forgotten streets, fairgrounds, Whit Walks, local pageants, pub scenes, demolition sites and a series of images he took at his place of work, including Protector Lamp, Monton and Metal Box Company, Salford. When I first saw some of the photographs that Angie sent me, I was transfixed by them, he has captured Eccles and Salford to perfection, each image required several viewings, I swear if Morrissey had seen the fairground photographs taken by George they would be gracing the Smiths album covers. George has captured everything and I mean everything, who are the Asian people stood outside the Medina Restaurant on Patricroft Bridge watching the Whit Walks? the young children in fancy dress parading through Eccles? the men proudly marching past the Cenotaph? the shopkeepers outside their corner shop in Sunnyside Street, Ordsall?, the elderly ladies peering from an upstairs widow at a procession passing below? For me the photographs of the work places are fascinating, we see a long serving employee being presented with a transistor radio as a retirement present, the entire workforce sat outside for a group photo, a young girl dressed up in the traditional garb of a soon to be bride, men at work on lathes, a chap sat on a metal staircase with a really pensive look on his face. Both of these factories are long closed down but George has captured the spirit of the workplace and I for one can look at these photographs time and time again and see something new every time, truly great photography. I visited George at his home in Peel Green with Karl H Davison who kindly filmed the event to find out more about the photographs and how they came about. George told me that he grew up in Aldred Steet, Patricroft, and after being demobbed from the Army he took up his hobby more seriously, he did have a Box Brownie camera but switched to a Voigtlander 35mm camera, this was followed by a Praktica camera, for all you camera buffs. He took his trusty camera with him everywhere, cafe's, walks, social events, the pub, carnivals, parks, taking photographs as he saw and storing away the negatives, and I think we should all be grateful he did. I asked him if he had ever thought of exhibiting his photographs and having an exhibition, his reply was priceless, "No, It was a memory lane for myself, I could take these photos and look at them and be taken back and be reminded of happy times" What a lovely sentiment. It is no exaggeration to say that George's photographs are an important social document that has skillfully captured the way we used to live and play and a great visual record for all times. The exhibition entitled, "A Walk Down Memory Lane" will be shown at Eccles Community Art Gallery, Boothway, Eccles Precinct from Saturday 11 May until Saturday 2 June 10am - 4pm. The gallery is also open on a Tuesday and Friday between 11am - 2-pm. I urge anybody who has either lived in the Eccles/Salford area or who has a love of photography to call in and view the photographs, who knows who you may recognise? I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. All photographs used in this article are the copyright of George Shepherd, any unauthorised use or distribution is prohibited.
  25. However P.C. Norwood told the Salford Magistrates Court in April 1919 a completely different story, you decide. P.C. Norwood told the Magistrate that he was on duty in Bury Street when he came across the Fisher family, stating that William was very drunk and using, "very obscene language" and advised him to go quietly on his way home. William was having none of this and according to to our boy in blue he became violent and kicked him several times about the shins and body. An effort was made to put the handcuffs on him when Irene sprang into action, hitting and kicking P.C. Norwood which enabled William to show a clean pair of heels. Irene was then handcuffed and taken to the nearby Chapel Street police station for her troubles. Ever the gentleman, William who for some reason had summoned his Mother-in- Law caught up with the couple and began to abuse P.C. Norwood, he too was dragged kicking and screaming to the police station, presumably the Mother - in- Law stayed quiet which could be a first. William went into the witness box prepared to defend his and his wife's honour and asked P.C. Norwood several questions which were hardly up the standard of Clarence Darrow. "Did you not stop me and my wife when we were walking home quietly after having been to the theatre?" P. C. Norwood replied in time honoured fashion. "I spoke to you about your behaviour and requested you to go away but you declined" William carried on, "When I ran away did I not return with my Mother-in Law to see what you were locking up her daughter for?" P.c. Norwood agreed that this was the case and she did indeed turn up at the police station.. Now it was the time for the police to unleash the big guns as P.C. Gleeson took the stand and told the Magistrate that he had seen William Fisher at 10.30pm at Chapel Street police station where he refused to give an account of himself and told him to, "mind your own *******business" The Magistrate said he considered the case proved but as the couple had not been in trouble with the police before they would be dealt with leniently and fined them five shillings each or five days in prison. Hopefully the Fisher family were able to pay the fine and then enjoy their evenings of culture and refinement with out ending up in the local nick. One question that did puzzle me is, did the Fisher family leave Salford and move to Stradhoughton in Yorkshire? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.
  26. This little story from April 1919, tells about a particularly, feisty Salford woman, Sarah Donohue who appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with an assault upon Sergeant Grainger the Salford Summons and Warrant Officer. It was his unfortunate job to track down people who had failed to pay their court fines and either obtain the money or arrest them, as you can imagine a fun filled job. Sarah Donohue lived at Park Place, a side road off Cross Lane which was notorious for being an area of lodging houses, shared houses with a reputation for drunkenness and brawls. On the evening of April 2nd, Sergeant Grainger called at Sarah's lodgings in search of money she owed to the Magistrates Court in reference to an order granted by the Local Education Authority. The hapless Sergeant had called three times at Sarah's house in a fruitless attempt to get money from her and on each occasion she had, "acted abusively towards me" He then told the Magistrates that when he saw her on the Monday evening he could tell from her demeanour that she had no intention of paying him the outstanding money. He told her, "quite frankly" that if she did not meet her obligations, i.e. cough up the money that she owed, she would have to accompany him to the Cross Lane police station. Sarah wasn't taking this threat lightly and tried to incite a group of women she was drinking with by saying that he was going to lock her up for the sake of five shillings and he should be ashamed of himself. The women tried to persuade her to borrow the money from her friends, she put on her shawl and said to Sergeant Grainger that she would be back with the money shortly. Sadly, Sarah had no intention of stumping up the money and instead walloped Sergeant Grainger in the mouth, splitting his lip and drawing blood, as he tried to arrest her, she scratched his face drawing even more blood. He managed to arrest her and cart her off to the police station where she acted like, "A mad woman" screaming and shouting. In her defence she told the Magistrate that, "I asked him if he would give me the chance to get the money and he said that he would have me instead and dragged me to the police station. The court was told that Sarah was no stranger to the courts and had numerous convictions for drunkenness, which sealed her fate. Sarah was sent to prison was 14 days with hard labour. Image:Cross Lane police station.
  27. As the UK stands divided over Brexit and with the extended Article 50 deadline looming ever closer, Prime Minister Theresa May took the extraordinary step of searching for a way out of the quagmire on Facebook groups. It is understood that the PM has struck a deal with a local unnamed armchair politician in which he has agreed to fly to the EU and give Donald Tusk a swift kick in the nuts and sort out the 'bloody mess'. However it has emerged that in return for this the PM has pledged to divert over £1 billion for the construction of a Pyramid on Winton Park with an adjoining Sphinx which will feature her own face on it which is to be built on the site of the proposed new Lidl. Local Historian and Skiffle Board legend Tony Flynn has described the plans as outrageous and a campaign to save the park was quickly launched, a petition has been set up which already has tens of signatures. Tony 'a well known drunk' explained to us that the historic value of the park goes back to the Jurassic period and that it must be saved at all costs, he also told us that some of the bins have been there since Adam, he has since declared that he intends to tie himself naked to the park gates in protest, although a petition has been launched to stop that. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn ,speaking from a nice day out on Salford Precinct told the people... Afterwards Jeremy wowed the crowds with a heartfelt rendition of Red Flag by Billy Brag, accompanied by local Skiffle Board Trio, 'The Skin Flynnts' who are set to headline Park Life later this summer. See here for the full story about Salford's Skiffle Board Legends. We did try to find a member of the Lib Dems in Salford but they all seem to have moved to the EU already as no one was answering our calls. Meanwhile calls have been made to deal with the growing pigeon obesity epidemic that is causing major issues in Salford. The Salford Star has recently uncovered damning evidence that the health of local pigeons is being compromised. Salford Shopping City has responded by setting up a Gym for their feathered friends in order to help end the crisis. The heart breaking report can be found here, although we advise readers that it does contain upsetting imagery of fat birds.
  28. Famed local Skiffle Board trio 'The Skin Fylnnts' have announced that they will be appearing at Park Life this summer. Lead vocalist and local pigeon fancier Tony Flynn has revealed that the band which started out in the seedy pubs of Eccles, has hit it big and has even been offered 4 album deal by local DJ/Promoter Simon Williams. The trio, famous for their skiffle technique have already been in the studio completing their first self titled album and will soon be sharing the stage with such greats as George Ezra, The Streets and Mark Ronson. It has not all been plain sailing though as in March last year Tony's alcoholism took a shocking turn as photos emerged online of him stealing pints from a local pub, in late September his good friend John Cooper Clarke took him to court after claiming Tony has duped him into signing a contract which would have seen Tony become his financial manager. Regardless, the troubles of the past are long behind him and the Skin Flynnts are on the rise again. Tony has even managed to rekindle his friendship with JCC and things are looking rosy once more for the local historian and his motley crew. See: The Salford Star exposes 'Pigeon Obesity' epidemic in a damning report that has ruffled feathers across Salford. Tony has recently been linked to a relationship with female rap artist Cardi B who is also headlining at Park Life this June.
  29. The Jones brothers of Eccles are worthy members of that club as they proved at Eccles Magistrates Court in March 1919 when John appeared accused of Unlawful Wounding of his brother. The court heard that the feuding brothers, John and the other sadly unnamed were originally good friends and when John came back from the Great War they decided that the two of them would set up a green grocery business in Winton, Eccles, so far so good. The arrangement was that the unnamed brother who was an Engineer in Manchester would provide between £30 - £40 to set up the business and he, his wife and four children would live at the shop. John was to manage the shop in the daytime and after he had finished his shift would go to Manchester to meet his brother after he had finished his night shift amd purchase produce from the local markets. The friendship soured on Sunday 17 March, 1919 when there was dispute between them about John not getting to the market in time resulting in John giving him a black eye which obviously soured the relationship. John told the Court that he didn't go in work on the Monday and on the Tuesday morning was out in connection with the business. He returned to the shop and asked where his brother was and was told that he was at the cottages behind the Jolly Carter pub. Mr Parker for the Prosecution asked John why he went to the cottages, his reply was none to subtle, "To give my brother a good thrashing" Parker then told the Court that when John got to the stables his brother was nowhere to be seen, however he was seen coming out of the kitchen door of the pub. John hit him three times with a hammer and the pair started fighting and rolling about on the floor. John denied taking the hammer with him and said, somewhat bizarrely, that he had, "taken his false teeth out as a precaution in case of a fight" In the fight the unnamed brother got the upper hand, and the hammer and started walloping the living daylights out of John. The Landlord of the Jolly Carter, John Baines said that he heard shouting and saw the brothers fighting and managed to separate them whilst the police were called. P.C. Woodworth told the court that he took John into custody who said to him, "I wish I could have killed him" not helping himself here is he? Then the real reason for the fight came out, the unnamed brother had told him on the Sunday, after the black eye incident presumably, that he was selling his share in the business and not to him. John then went to the shop on the Tuesday to remove stock which he said was his only to be told by his brothers wife that he couldn't take any stock as his name wasn't above the door and furthermore his brother had sold his share of the business. So this was the reason why John went to see his brother, and no doubt the reason for taking the hammer and his false teeth out. Mr Watson for the Defence told the Magistrates that his client had been serving in very hot climates abroad with he Army and some allowances should be made for that and asked for the charge of Unlawful Wounding be reduced to the lesser charge of Common Assault. He then added that John wished to express his regret at what had happened and surely the fact that he had taken his false teeth out proved that he was not going for a fight! What was John going to do, bite him to death? The Magistrate, Mr A. Dempsey decided to bind John over in the sum of £10 to keep the peace for six months and must also pay the Court costs. So who do we have sympathy for, John the hard working if somewhat erratic ex-serviceman who felt that he had been diddled of his share of the company, or the unnamed brother who was no doubt sick of getting second prizes from his violent brother and wanted rid of the business? Hopefully the brothers kissed and made up though I somehow doubt it, the story made me laugh though. Image: Jolly Carter pub.
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