Salford school memories turn to dust
IT’S classrooms and playing fields nurtured talent which became famous names around the world. But the bulldozers have turned memories to dust for thousands of old boys from De La Salle grammar school in Salford.
The wrecking balls have moved in at the site of the former school in Weaste Lane.
The building was designated as having importance as part of the city’s heritage, but was not considered worthy enough to warrant listed status.
Now it has been cleared to make way for a housing development by Taylor Wimpey which will provide 45 new homes on the 2.6 acre site.
De La Salle became a campus of Pendleton College, which then merged with Eccles College, and Salford College in 2009 to become Salford City College.
It’s final use was as the City College campus for hairdressing, beauty therapy, and catering and hospitality students.
During its time as De La Salle, pupils who received their education there included Factory Records founder and cultural icon, Anthony Wilson.
The Haçidena nightclub owner, TV presenter, and impresario was born in 1950 in Salford.
Aged five his family moved to Marple but he was to return to Salford daily when he later gained a place at De La Salle after passing his 11-plus.
Other old boys included, internationally acclaimed actor, Sir Ben Kingsley; England cricketer, Frank Hayes; England rugby union star Tony Neary; Oldham Athletic and Manchester United footballer, Laurie Cassidy; millionaire Bookie Fred Done, and ‘Lenny the Lion’ ventriloquist, Terry Hall.
A mix of three and four bedroom homes will be built on the land.
But the council has waived its policy of 20 per cent of the properties being affordable homes.
Instead Taylor Wimpey will contribute to the cost of affordable homes elsewhere in the city.
They will also provide construction training for local residents and a contribution to education provision.
According to a town hall report under Section 106 payments the company will pay £440,000.
The fate of the former All Hallows RC High School next to the De La Salle site is still uncertain.
It is now empty after a new school was built on the site of the demolished Hope High.
It could be converted into a primary school to ease a crisis of a shortage of places.
●●The former De La Salle Grammar School in Weaste, Salford, is being demolished. Inset is former De La Salle pupil Tony Wilson