Salford Lads Club t-shirt sale raises thousands
WHAT Difference Does it Make? About £57,000 – and still counting.
That’s how much has been raised for Salford Lads’ Club through the sale of limited edition t-shirts featuring The Smiths.
Among those who now have one are Prime Minister David Cameron – and in the red corner, acclaimed actress, Maxine Peake.
A gesture by Stephen Wright, the photographer, who took the picture of the group outside the club in Ordsall, is the cause of the windfall.
He has allowed one of his iconic photographs from the 1985 shoot to be reproduced on a Lads’ Club t-shirt.
The shirt is dark green, reminiscent of the colour of the Queen is Dead album cover – in which the picture was the inner sleeve.
Mr Wright is allowing the club to use the image on shirts from November 2014 to 2015.
Now sales since January have topped £57,000, of which about £30,000 is profit for the club.
In addition housing providers in the city have each bought two of the shirts, framed and signed by Mr Wright. Both Salix Homes and City West paid £500 for their two shirts after being lobbied by Salford councillor and club supporter, Steve Coen.
Only six signed versions of the shirt have been produced.
Leslie Holmes, spokesman for the 110-year-old club, said: “The shirts are now being sold at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and at The Lowry theatre in Salford. So far 3,500 have sold worldwide.”
Money raised from the T-shirt sales will be used to fund the Salford Sioux Project – which will see six children from the club travel with two leaders to the Red Cloud High School in South Dakota as part of an American exchange.
They will learn about native American heritage and enough cash has been raised for the trip.
Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “Salix Homes is very proud to support Salford Lads’ Club which is situated in the heart of one of our estates in Ordsall.
“There have only been six signed versions of the iconic t-shirts produced, so we expect they’ll be in very high demand and we hope to use ours to raise as much money as possible for Salford Lads’ Club to help them continue the excellent work they do for young people in our community.”
Photographer Stephen Wright