On Thursday 16th May we hosted a BBC Radio Manchester live broadcast last week attended by over 100 people. Former Salford Lad Mike Sweeney and Jack Ranson presented the programme, “ Mad For It” which was part of Mental health awareness week. Andys Man Club and Mind were represented and the 3 hour programme linked comedy from Smug Roberts and Chris Washington and conversation.
The programme is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p079j4fj
The amazing Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan was in the club last week, filming a documentary about sports stars. We asked William Doyle our young snooker and pool champion to drop in during the day, but didn’t let him know who the visitor was who wanted to meet him, here is William’s comment.
“Wow you can’t imagine the surprise I had seeing Ronnie O’Sullivan, I was speechless, but he was great to talk to, really down to earth, and he gave me some good advice, it was fantastic.”
The Working Progress Theatre company came along to the girls club tonight to put on a short play about gun crime and gangs with their production of Loaded. The writer and actors involved the young people in discussions about what was taking place and how they might react in a similar situation. Pictures show the group performing and close up of actors Dolly Rose Campbell and Rob Ward with writer Jo Kirtley Pritchard.
Last week Salford Lads’ Club featured prominently in a BBC2 ‘Culture Show’ special about The Smiths. Last night we featured in a scene in the final episode of Channel 5’s ‘Shameless’, with Frank Gallagher ranting outside our front door about tourists and mobile phones. Meanwhile, in today’s edition of The Sun newspaper, Stewart Whittingham’s report about Salford as a holiday destination includes a photograph of him outside the club, dressed in shorts and sandals. We were the first place that he visited of course!
Our famous front doorway and the Smiths room feature in two BBC programmes about The Smiths this weekend. Tomorrow 6 music’s Liz Kershaw accompanies Craig Gill on a Smiths Tour and on Sunday Tim Samuels chats to Stuart Maconie as part of a BBC 2 Culture Show special.
Manchester based fashion Photographer Rachel Liggett returned to the club after her first photoshoot here in 2008; along with stylist Laura Sellers, makeup artist Sarah Morten and models Stephanie Slater and Henry Smith. This time they created a series of 1920s inspired images including one shot in the billiards room.
More of Rachel’s work is at http://www.rachelliggett.com/
Last night we had a film crew in the concert hall, recording a scene for a new drama “Ava”. Its described as a coming of age drama, and this dreamlike scene involved a Busby Berkley style dance routine.
This new feature film is being made by CRIS with a team of local actors and crew.
Last night on BBC4 a programme about Salford “Punk Poet” John Cooper Clarke Featured film shot outside the club and in the billiards room, with contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Billy Bragg, Vinny Reilly and Don Letts.
Today we had a fantastic event in the club, BBC Sport’s Football Focus programme was broadcast in front of a live audience from the gym. The programme was presented by Dan Walker, with the panel
of Lee Dixon, Mark Lawrenson, Robbie Savage and special guest Michael Vaughan.
The audience were football fans who had travelled from many parts of the country to be here. We gave everybody a tour of the club including the boxing gyms, billiards room, concert hall and Smiths room. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and to the whole team from BBC Sport for making it such an enjoyable event.
Riffat Ahmed’s film CLENCH premiered last week. The film is about a mixed race Asian teenage girl who takes part in a boxing course run by a black boxing coach. The film explores the girls own experience of racism and also her own preconceptions of other people and places. Adam Crosby one of the boxers at the club took part in the film which was shot on location here and Old Trafford.
It was commissioned by the Runnymede Trust to highlight their project Generation3.