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  1. I was contacted by a concerned Eccles resident who told me that the Eccles Coffee Stall in the middle of the precinct which has been run by Yvonne McGarvey for the past four years is facing possible closure with the news that The Salford Veterans Community Group will be opening a café and drop in centre in the empty premises which has been used by Bacon and Cheese, Ringwood's and Kenton's Cards over the years. I spoke to Yvonne who told me her fears about losing her pitch in the precinct. "I have been serving my regular customers for the past four years and have built up a good and
  2. We made a return visit to Clarendon Road School, Eccles today after being contacted about their recent novel fundraiser. The teachers and parents of pupils at the school had arranged to walk/run a mile for every pupil in the school, in a week with 326 pupils that meant a distance of 326 miles in five days. The walk/run was done following the Covid secure way following Government advice with the participants walking in pairs or solo. They set themselves a target of £2,000 with donations flowing in from parents and ex pupils, this was met and of today stands at a whoppin
  3. Were you aware that Eccles once had it's own football team, Eccles United who were formed in 1907 as Eccles Borough then changed their name to Eccles United in 1919, they had their own ground on Bradburn Street, Patricroft and could attract crowds of several thousand people and played against such teams as Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, before folding in 1929. However thanks to a few local lads the mighty Phoenix is about to rise from the proverbial flames and proudly fly the name with pride once more. Ashley Croft as Chairman, Harry Boardman as Secretary and Daniel Anderton as
  4. I (Tony Flynn) was contacted by Lorraine Hibbert at the weekend with a some what unusual request, she asked if I could source her, seven shillings and sixpence in pre-decimal coins to honour a family debt and keep the tradition of a family joke going. "My Uncle John Dixon Goodwin, was my mum's older brother and very protective of her, growing up in Seedley, Salford. He joined the Army when he was 16 and served in the Royal Mechanical Engineers and saw active service in Korea and was there for several years, when he left the army he worked for British Rail and drove steam trains until
  5. An amusing story from the pages of the Salford City Reporter, December 1920 in which two chaps reason for being on enclosed premises was taken with a pinch of salt. Herbert, Henry Green and Thomas Costigan who both resided at Mottram Street, Salford appeared at the Quarter Sessions charged with breaking and entering, Wolf Halons, outfitters shop on Lower Broughton Road, Broughton. Police Constable Roberts told the Magistrate that he was on duty, when he heard the crash of glass from the rear of Mr Halons, outfitters shop, he went to investigate and found a pane of glass had been smas
  6. The Salford City Reporter for December 1920 reported on a police raid, carried out on a house on Hulton Street. off Trafford Road which was "carried out in the stillness of midnight" by Superintendent Clark, Sergeant Lamb and a dozen constables. The police were acting on information received not to mention a complaint by the American Consul in Manchester about men returning to their ships at Salford Docks in a drunken condition from what the sailors called , "The House of Rest". Two police constables in plain clothing had previously called at the house and were supplied with whisky a
  7. The newspaper, Salford City Reporter for November 1920 carried the following story and rather sensationally called it, "the remarkable story of the life lead by a young girl" Ellen Ben Saleh appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with the theft of £66 from her mother, a widow who resided at Hancock Street. Pendleton. Detective Inspector Mitchell told the court that for some time the mother had been saving up and a portion of the money was a gratuity from the army authorities which she received in consequence of the death of her son, the money along with a small amount of gold
  8. Cross Lane in Salford was once a busy, bustling thoroughfare with 18 pubs, three music halls, an Army Barracks, an open market, shops galore and one of the largest open cattle markets in the country, hard to believe if you drive or walk along it today. November 1920 and Emily Johnson was helping out at her Grandmother's tripe shop at 26 Cross Lane, James Smith and Samuel Royle came into the shop and ordered some pigs trotters, they stood at the counter and began to eat them, as Emily came out of the kitchen area, she saw Smith leaning over the counter, he asked for some trotters and was s
  9. Last week I wrote a story about a murder/suicide that happend in Eccles, November 1920, it was met with mixed results, many more said they enjoyed the story than the few including a distant member of the family who complained that she hadn't been contacted and so I removed it. This week I was contacted by a good friend, Angie Shepherd who told me the strange, story of the death of her Great Grandmother in Eccles, 120 years ago, she was aware of this family tragedy but wanted to learn more, so she turned detective and tracked down the newspaper reports that covered the death and her inque
  10. One of Salford's most iconic buildings is under threat of closure unless a dramatic reversal of fortunes can be found. St Luke’s with All Saints, Weaste is affectionately known as the ‘the church on the hill’. Designed in 1865 by the renowned Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott, it takes an historic role in the Manchester suffragette movement with Emmeline Pankhurst (nee Goulden) marrying Richard Parkhurst at the church in 1879. The grade II listed building was placed onto the Historic England ‘at risk’ register in 2018 but this has been exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic, mea
  11. Let's roll back the clock to the golden, idyllic, Summer of 1970 when Brazil won the World Cup, 4-1 against Italy, The Beatles disbanded, 600,000 people gathered at The Isle of Wight to watch, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Tiny Tim, Mungo Jerry were top of the charts with, In The Summertime and the Drug Squad in Eccles were flexing their truncheons. At 12.15am, Saturday, July 11th the police raided a house on Abbey Grove, Eccles and several people there were arrested and taken to Green Lane Police Station for questioning, and were told there was reason to believe that they had been smoking, can
  12. A rather sad and cautionary tale from the pages of the Salford City Reporter from October 1920 which gives an insight into the way that habitual drunkards were treated at the time and how times have changed. Violet Whittle a 40 year old woman of no fixed abode appeared at Salford Magistrates Court, charged with being drunk and disorderly on Chapel Street, Salford the night before. It would appear that Violet was no stranger to the court and was "fond" of a drink as they say. Superintendent Clarke told the Magistrate that Violet was last before the court on September 16th (less
  13. The Height and Bolton Road areas of Salford were subjected to a fortnight's rampage of burglary, arson and theft which only ended when two youths aged 15 and 16 appeared at Salford Magistrates Court in October 1920 and the full story unfolded. Mrs Lewthtwaite owned a supper bar on Broad Street, Salford and on the previous Thursday evening at 10pm, she was in the kitchen of her house, when she heard a loud bang and glass breaking, she saw Cecil Wilkinson drop into her yard. Her son ran out and apprehended him, only to be told that he was looking for his ball, he then saw another boy n
  14. Another story of love and romance from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal, October 1920, when love breaks down... John Henry Robinson who lived at Barlow Street, Patricroft appeared at Eccles Magistrates Court, charged with assaulting May Jackson in her home at Blears Buildings, Eccles and smashing crockery belonging to her mother, Margaret Jackson. Margaret Jackson told the Magistrate that Mr Robinson had been "walking out" with her daughter until three months ago and on the night of September 27th he called at the house to see, May. She went to bed but was woken by
  15. This story from the pages of The Salford City Reporter, October 1920 tells the story of a Salford man whose actions were truly heart-breaking and you have to find pity for him. On a Tuesday evening on the North Pier, Blackpool, a man named as William ***** residing in the Broughton area of Salford, (I haven't given his full name and address for personal reasons) approached a pier attendant and told him the following. "I have dropped my five week old baby son, into the sea" A quick look into the empty baby pram confirmed that, what he had said, was true. Eye witnesses say t
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