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Phew!!! ……and the heat is on, as we outreach and share our research material with the local community during this year’s Gorton Carnival yesterday.
Our studio was made freely open to all residents to come and chat about the once built Gorton Mills in Abbey Hey, or perhaps engage in some free printing/painting sessions while we inform the young and old about this treasured piece of Gorton’s social history.
We were overwhelmed with the numbers, but soldiered on, using a hairdryer to dry their work, yeah ….in this heat !!!!, to help them take something home of their visit.
Back in the studio today work began using the voted designs by the young people of All Saints and Abbey Hey Primary Schools. The creation of the mosaic artwork will eventually be donated to both schools for permanent display.
Bang, crack, Bang, crack and more tea drank, than a day at British Leyland!!
Full production ahead!!
End of the shift, and all “clocked out” and the cry is “looking forward to next week” from our 3 new members Irene, Paddy, and Tracy who joined us for the first time today.

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Well …it doesn’t get much better than this!!!
Today we outreached the project with Year 3 at Abbey Hey Primary School, a short story was told about the past local events leading up to the introduction of the Gorton Mills, which were once just facing this school.
With the massive help from local historian Frank Rhodes who explained about the working conditions, the young people were able to ask their questions, and boy did they!!!!
“if you had asthma living in them times, what did you do?”
Paints, brushes and water in used spam tins ……yes “spam tins “were given out by the group members.
Next the groups designed layouts were given out for the young people to colour and make their own!!!
Then the vote for the best painted designs, one vote each, but PLEASE don’t pick your own!!
It was a close call, but 2 designs were selected and now will be made into final pieces of Public Art to be donated to the school early in 2019.
A BIG thank you to Frank Rhodes, all the group members and especially Abbey Hey year 3.


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