Sal­ford school mem­o­ries turn to dust

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - Neal Keel­ing neal.keel­ @neal­keel­ingmen

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

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