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.
Earlier this week we reluctantly took the decision to cancel plans for our 2020 annual camp trip in line with government guidelines. It’s the first time since WW2 that the camp will not take place. Planning has been going on at the club since January and 25 young club members had already signed up to take part. Only the general strike of 1926 and WW2 have led to the camp being cancelled before.
Neal Keeling has published an article about this in today’s MEN https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-lads-club-coronavirus-summer-17950126
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
A party of young club members and volunteers set off today for the 101st Salford Lads’ club camp at Aberystwyth, Mid Wales. A group of volunteers had already travelled down on Wednesday to set up the campsite. The party is made up of more than 50 including senior volunteer Eric Salthouse who first attended camp in 1948.
The historic 100th camp by the club takes place in Aberystwyth from May 28th – 4th June.
As part of the celebrations we have arranged a day visit by coach for up to 50 former members who attended a Salford Lads Club camp in the past.
If you are a former member and would like to take part, please either ring the club on 0161 872 3767 leaving your name and contact details and we will get back to you. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Preparations for the camp are already underway, a new camp hut was delivered to the site.
At the club meeting have taken for new campers, tent captains and the team of volunteers.