Sal­ford Lads Club t-shirt sale raises thou­sands

Salford Advertiser - - FRONTPAGE - Neal Keel­ing neal.keel­ing@men-news.co.uk @neal­keel­ingmen More images from the orig­i­nal photo-shoot can be seen on­line at www.smith­spho­tos.com.

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.”

ANDY LAM­BERT

Pho­tog­ra­pher Stephen Wright

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