A new exhibition titled ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ features previously unseen photos of Salford, Eccles and Manchester from the 1960s and 70s.
The photos, which show local people both at work and during their leisure time, were taken by local resident George Shepherd, who grew up in Lincoln Street in Eccles.
George’s daughter, Angie Shepherd, came across a carrier bag of her father’s negatives, which hadn’t been seen for 55 years, and wanted to get them printed.
The subsequent exhibition, which runs at Eccles Community Gallery until 1st June, captures local people both in their leisure time and at work. Many of the workplaces depicted are no longer there, such as Protector Lamp and Lighting Company and The Metal Box Company.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that George’s photos are an important social document that has skilfully captured the way we used to live and play, and is a great visual record for all times” says local historian and writer Tony Flynn, who also helped pull the exhibition together.
“I swear if Morrissey had seen the fairground photos taken by George, they would be gracing The Smiths album covers! I strongly advise you to call in at the Gallery and who knows who you may spot in the exhibition!”
Forever Manchester’s very own Lisa Brown Lisa connected George and Angie to photographer David Hunter who printed the negatives at his own studio.
Lisa added: “Connecting people around shared interests are the key ingredients to a strong, thriving and vibrant community.”
Groups of people have started to come forward recognising people in the pictures. Amanda Johnson recognised her dad, Eddie Johnson, working at the speedway in 1964 (see below).
A Trip Down Memory Lane’ runs from Saturday 11th May until Saturday 1st June 2019 at Eccles Community Gallery. The gallery opening times are: Saturday 10am – 4pm, Tuesday and Friday 11am – 2pm.