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 photographer George Shepherd, who grew up in Lincoln Street in Eccles.

Many of the workplaces in the images are no longer around, such as Protector Lamp & Lighting Company and The Metal Box Company.

George’s daughter, Angie Shepherd, came across a carrier bag of her father’s negatives, which had been hidden away for 55 years, and wanted to get them printed.

Angie and George were at Eccles Community Gallery when they were introduced to Lisa Brown from local charity Forever Manchester through the gallery. Forever Manchester has been funding and supporting the gallery for several years, which has been a real hub within the Eccles community.

Lisa connected George and Angie with photographer David Hunter, who she’d met at the gallery during his ‘Seven Months in 79’ exhibition and knew he was the perfect person to get involved in this project.

With true community spirit, David printed all of George’s negatives in his own studio. Lisa then invited them to apply for a Forever Manchester Cash4Graft award which enabled the exhibition to take place.

“When you spend dedicated time in a community it’s always so rewarding when you are approached with a specific request knowing Forever Manchester can help,” said Lisa.

“Connecting people around shared interests are the key ingredients to a strong, thriving and vibrant community. This project is a perfect example of how our community building works and it is a fantastic legacy for the future of the area.”

Together with Elaine at Eccles Community Gallery, local historian and writer Tony Flynn also helped pull this exhibition together. Tony was one of the first to have a sneak peek of the photographs.

“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,” said Tony.

“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?”

‘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.

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