Young club members on BBC 5 Live

The official handover of the keys to to the BBC’s first building at Media City took place yesterday with a live programme from Salford Quays. Volunteer Chris Brannigan, club members Ryan Pinkney, Ryan Miller and project manager Leslie Holmes were invited down to be part of the programme. To hear the interview with presenter Peter Allen go to

Go to 14th October

Click listen again and scroll to 2 hours.50 minutes

Ghost Camp Wins National Award

Ghost Camp 2005
Ghost Camp 2005

The Roots and Wings Awards are for ‘groundbreaking heritage learning projects with young people’ The Ghost Camp involved a radio play, drama workshops and an exhibition based on the club’s ill -fated camping holiday of 1940.

The Ghost Camp project was researched and devised by Leslie Holmes and involved young club members, adult volunteers and actress Penny McDonald in a 4 episode radio play broadcast on Salford Community Radio in June 2005. Music for the Ghost Camp was written and performed by Vinny Peculiar and Craig Gannon.

The Club also worked with Ordsall Community Arts to create 3 day workshops for primary schools involving actors Alan Keogh and Hilary Barber. An exhibition in the concert hall featured period camp tents, a large model of the camp and projected archive film of the1939 camp.

More about the Roots and Wings 2006 Awards at

The project was supported by:
Home Front Recall, The Local Network Fund
Aim Higher Greater Manchester, Salford City Council
English Heritage, North West Film Archive, LPC Living

(A CD of the radio play, is available from the club price £7)

Salford Lads’ Club on BBC Radio 4

The Front Row Arts programme on Monday 14th November,featured an item about the club and interviews with Andy Rourke, Stephen Wright, Archie Swift, Leslie Holmes, Stephen Lord and Stephen Buckley.

To hear the programme again go to:

The Ghost Camp on Radio

Leslie Holmes has also written and directed a 4-episode radio serial about the Ghost Camp.

It has been recorded at the club and stars many of our young club members and club workers. The main parts are played by 15 year old Tom Swift and 12 year old Niall Armsden. Actress Penny McDonald played the mother. Vinny Peculiar has written and recorded a song especially for The Ghost Camp serial. This can be heard each Monday between 3pm and 5pm on Salford Community Radio on 106.4fm or on the web at from 13th June 2005.

Tom, Penny and Nial
Tom, Penny and Nial