With the 2020 Aberystwyth camp cancelled, we have put together a short film with photos of lads and volunteers camping at home and what they miss most about the Salford Lads Club camp. It includes some archive photos alongside the photos from young club members and volunteers.
Known to everyone as “Salty” Eric joined the club aged 12 in 1942. By 1949 he was captain of the senior netball team, a high dive and crawl swimming champion and played semi pro- football for Altrincham. His first volunteer job at the club was to light the coal fires in the games rooms before each evening session. He attended the first post WW2 camp at Kettlehulme in 1947 and was still attending camp in 2012.
In the video, Tales from camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3W18RShi3g&list=PL8vzwBxG4B2OrGBNsuaUCiuW-6ad2z3q4#action=share Eric talks about cycling the 20 miles from Ordsall to Kettleshulme in Derbyshire, after work on a Friday evening to set up the campsite.
Eric is pictured top left in the centre (wearing braces) at the 1949 camp; in the kitchen at the 1980 camp; front left at the 2005 camp and front row centre in the SLC football team of 1947.
The entrance hall was transformed yesterday with filming for a series called “Thirties in Colour” with Brian and Leslie viewing and talking about the 1939 SLC camp film. Amazing to see this b/w footage in colour for the first time, the series will be shown on Channel 5.
On Saturday 25th May a party of lads club members set off for the clubs 108th camp to Aberystwyth. The first camp in 1904 was at Llanddulas in Wales and the club camps have taken place in many different locations including, Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, Ramsey on the Isle of Man, Kettleshulme in Derbyshire and Hoylake on the Wirral. The Salford Youth Alliance joined our own volunteer team to set up the campsite earlier in the week.
The party set off early this morning for the annual camp in Aberystwyth. The fatigue group are already down in Wales getting the site ready and errecting all the tents. Its a big group this year with nearly 60 young people and adult volunteers. For more updates about this years camp please look on our facebook page.
A group of Salford Lads on the promenade at Douglas, Isle of Man in 1914, three months before the outbreak of WW1. As the club set off for the annual camp on Saturday 25th May it’s a poignant reminder of the clubs history, the 1914 camp to Milntown being the last large scale expedition by the club. 800 members and ex members enlisted in WW1 and 135 were killed. Here is a film made by Leslie Holmes ………. using photos from the club archive from 1914.
Young lads back in the club last week were talking about their amazing week under canvas, swimming in the river, and trips to the seaside: and so was Joseph Hammersley, back in the club for the first time in 74 years. Joe vividly remembers going on the 1939 camp with his friends. We found a picture of Joe, in the centre of the camping party in his striped T shirt and we also spotted him on film of the 1939 camp. He joined the RAF aged just 17 and was posted to Iceland, his best friend was a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber, and never make it back. Joe is pictured in the gym with club leader Leon.
A party of young people and volunteers club set off from the club this morning for the 102nd annual camp. As usual a group are already in Wales setting up the campsite. This is the 80th year the club have camped in Aberystwyth, the first camp taking place in 1933.
The archive picture shows the club setting off from the same spot in 1914. The photograph shows Frankenstein’s textile factory (demolished in 1973) where the general store stands today. In 1914 the party were heading for Ramsey on the Isle of Man and the charabanc was used to transport lads to the railway station for the journey to Liverpool.
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We are opens as part of the annual “Heritage Weekend Open Days” on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September from 12 -4pm
On display will be our new permanent display of 100 pictures of the club’s annual camping holidays which started in 1904. The weekend will also include a concert by a quartet from the BBC Philharmonic who will perform in restored Edwardian Concert Hall.
The BBC Philharmonic Quartet will play English string music from the early 1900’s – including Parry, Warlock, Elgar and Britten. The concert will last approx. one hour.
The BBC Philharmonic Quartet concert is on Sunday 9th September at 2pm
Our 100 camping pictures and 16 short digital films which were created as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project are now on the website.
You can find them via:
– The digital story tales are on our new Youtube channel
– All 100 photos are on our Flickr page
– We’ve combined the two together into a special interactive timeline
If you want to visit the club to see the framed pictures from our 100 camps please come along to our heritage open weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 1-4pm.