On Tuesday this week the Queen presented Archie Swift with an MBE for his lifetime of voluntary work at Salford Lads’ Club. Archie and his family travelled to London for the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Later in the day Archie called at the Palace of Westminster and had tea with Salford MP and chair of the Labour Party Hazel Blears. Smiths photographer Stephen Wright offered to record the occasion for Archie and we are delighted to be able to show the picture here.
Archie Swift was born in Huddart Street, 50 yards from the club, and joined the club in 1946. He has been a significant figure at the club all his adult life, running football and rugby teams and taking part in boxing and weightlifting. Archie has attended more than 50 annual camp holidays with the club. His passion and knowledge of the club’s history have made him a central figure in contributing to our exhibitions and open days. Archie has featured in radio broadcasts, films and a TV documentary about the history of Salford Lads’ Club. Archie is pictured with 3 of the youngest volunteer workers at the club.