Yesterday we had the annual Mozarmy visit by Manchester Music Tours. The weekend event attracts visitors from all over the world and this weekend was no exception with fans from New York, Los Angeles Mexico, Germany, France, Spain as well many from the UK. We also had a small display of Happy Mondays original album covers donated by the family of the late Derek Ryder which is part of a donation of material which we will display later this year.
One of the great friends of the club, Craig Gill of Inspiral Carpets has died aged 44. Craig Gill was part of the cities incredible musical heritage but he was also a genuine nice guy who promoted everybody else’s heritage too. I feel proud to be called a friend of Craig, I got to know him over the last 14 years when he brought musicians, radio presenters, film crews, tourist bosses , journalists and thousands of music fans to Salford Lads Club. Last year we made SLC T shirts in City blue and United red , I thought Craig who was a true blue, would only wear the blue one, but the following week on his tour there he was leading his team of visitors in our red T shirt! He was equally in awe of the clubs history and volunteer team: last Saturday when we were short staffed he was pleased to help, making tea and coffee for his bus full of visitors from around the world.
Music Students from Loreto Sixth form College in Manchester were given an indie music tour of the city today led by Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill. Craig is a regular visitor, the Smiths Room being one of the highlights of his weekly Manchester Music Tours.
It was a Happy New Year for our first visitors in 2013. Music fans Nino and Debora from Italy, were spotted outside in the semi darkness and were thrilled to be invited inside to be photographed next to Morrissey and Bez.
Moz tribute band Viva Morrissey held a benefit gig for the club last Saturday afternoon at Gulliver’s Bar in Manchester and raised over £550. Fans had travelled to Manchester from different parts of the UK for a smiths inspired weekend, attending the monthly Smiths Night at the Star and Garter.
On Saturday we had lots of visitors to the smiths room at the club. Phil Gatenby then led a group on a smiths Manchester music tour before ending up for the gig at Gulliver’s Bar. Thanks to everyone who took part, especially Viva Morrissey .