Welcome to Salford Now’s Live Blog!

Sophie Hodgetts is curating our live feed today and will be updating you throughout the day on news relating to the ongoing fuel and food crisis, how Covid and Brexit are affecting business in the area and ramifications for Salford from the report into the government’s handling of the Covid crisis.

Plus developments for the city’s sports teams, weather and live updates from the emergency services.


“This is a real treat for our audience, whilst also allowing us to get across a very important message” – Coronation Street participate in soap crossover together to tackle climate change

People have been reacting to the news that Coronation Street is to crossover with Britain’s other soaps and continuing dramas to draw attention to the climate crisis.

It was announced last week that the world’s longest running soap, which is filmed and based in Salford, will participate in a crossover with the likes of Emmerdale, Doctors and Hollyoaks to highlight environmental issues.

More on this can be found here.


“The love that goes into looking after people comes through in the food” – Irlam café rated best in Salford

Staff at The Station

A café in Irlam has been rated the best in Salford by visiting customers on ratings website TripAdvisor.

The Station Café Bar, which serves bistro-style food, boasts an 81% ‘very good’ or above rating and is popular among locals and tourists alike.

More information can be found here.


Salford Red Devils celebrate a “great start” to the trials for their first ever women’s team

Salford Red Devils are celebrating a “great start” to the trials for their new women’s squad, which took place yesterday evening.

The trials, which were held at the AJ Bell stadium, are the first of their kind in the club’s history.

To read the full story, click here.


“Seeing those who we support struggle through Covid has been most emotionally challenging” – The charity helping children with autism in Salford

Greater Manchester-based charity I AM has been helping people with autism in Salford cope throughout the pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven difficult for some autistic people, having a large impact on established routine and bringing in new elements of uncertainty; however, the I AM charity has been attempting to alleviate these difficulties for those living with autism in Salford.

To find out more, click here.


REVIEW: ‘Remembering the Way’ – A hilarious and touching reflection on the life of a black man at ‘The Kings Arms’

Salford Now’s India Ballancore-Rodway has been to see ‘Remembering the Way’ on stage at The Kings Arms in Salford.

To read her review of the ‘must see’, click here.


Coronavirus vaccine offered to more young people

12-15 year olds can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


What’s on at The Lowry this month?

If you don’t fancy watching The Lost Happy Endings this weekend, there’s plenty more to choose from at The Lowry for the rest of October!


“The gears need to get churning on a quicker scale” – Walk Ride Salford Central call for more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to be implemented

Harry Gray in a Low Traffic Neighbourhood
Harry Gray (Image Copyright- Taken by Zoe Hamilton)

A Salford resident is angry about the removal of a measure to reduce traffic in Blackfriars.

Harry Gray, a spokesperson for Walk Ride Salford Central group, says the council should reinstate a Low Traffic Neighbourhood zone, which is brought in to reduce pollution, encourage road safety and walking.

More information can be found here.


“We’re already making a difference” – Sports Traider Salford branch celebrates one month anniversary

Sports Traider, the charity sports shop at Salford Shopping Centre, opened up in September and has seen plenty of people through its doors since then in its effort to provide affordable sportswear for all.

Every item in the store is priced at £5 or less, with many of the items being donated from the community.

To read the full story, click here.


Prime Minister Pinocchio: The Lost Happy Endings ballet comes to The Lowry

The Lost Happy Endings is coming to The Lowry this weekend.

A new piece of dance theatre from Newcastle-based balletLORENT, the production is based off a children’s book by former poet laureate and MMU contemporary poetry professor, Carol Ann Duffy, and will be narrated by Joanna Lumley.

To find out more, click here.


‘Hug in a Mug’ to open new café ‘Cuddle in a Cup’ in the Walkden Town Centre Market

Karen and Ed Gardiner, Owners of ‘Hug in a Mug’ (Copyright: Hannah-Louise Casey)

Renowned Salford community café ‘Hug in a Mug’ is set to open a grab-and-go version in Walkden Town Centre.

‘Cuddle in a Cup’, which will serve fast food including pies, soup, cakes and slushies, will open towards the end of the month.

More on this can be found here.


Salford Now Radio Bulletin – 19/10/2021 – 14:00

If you’d rather listen to the news than read it, never fear!

Salford Now broadcasts radio bulletins as well as publishing articles online.

Our 2pm radio bulletin can be found here.


Do not pass GO, go straight to Peel Park! – Salford’s very own Monopoly board has launched

Salford Monopoly board
Salford Monopoly launch at Media City – credit: @SalfordFoodbank

The City of Salford now has its very own Monopoly board game.

It is available to buy from Asda, Ryman, Selfridges, Waterstones, The Works and WHSmith, as well as from various online retailers, including Amazon.

More information can be found here.


‘Chatty Benches’ launch in Walkden Town Centre

Salford mental health charity START will be introducing ‘Chatty Benches’ to Walkden in order to combat loneliness and isolation in the area.

The benches, which are are designed to encourage people to sit and chat in the hope that it helps them to reconnect with others and support positive mental health, will be located on the upper floor of Egerton Walk.

To read the full story, click here.


Salford City vs Rochdale

It’s matchday for the Ammies!


“The meals were a lifeline for me during my recovery” – Salford man tearfully explains how the community saved him during lockdown

Graham Morgan (Image credits- Harriet Beddow)

A Salford man has expressed his gratitude to community organisations for providing him with hot meals whilst he recovered from cancer.

Graham Morgan was often faced with the decision to eat or keep warm when he was undergoing radiotherapy, but a community café in Salford recognised his struggle and decided to help.

To find out more, click here.


“My deepest sympathies and prayers are with David’s family and friends” – Salford MPs pay tribute to David Amess

Salford MPs have paid tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was killed whilst holding his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea last week.

His memorial service took place at St Margaret’s Church yesterday, where a range of MPs, including Worsley and Eccles South’s Barbara Keeley, were invited to speak.

More on this can be found here.


“I actually felt some emotional safety for the first time since lockdown” – Salford singer finds comfort in Buile Hill Park

Image credit: Mark Frith

A Salford musician has been singing at the pavilion café in Buile Hill Park after finding it benefitted her mental health.

Amber Garland writes her own acoustic music but struggled to perform in front of an audience before finding the park’s café.

More information can be found here.


Salford parks celebrated by Green Flag Award scheme

Brilliant news for Salford’s green spaces this afternoon!


“I’m so close to one thousand pounds which equates to two hundred life saving phone calls for PAPYRUS” – The Salfordian who ran Manchester Marathon for mental health

Georgia Padfield Manchester Marathon runner
Georgia Padfield (Permission to use from Georgia Padfield)

Catching you up on Salford Now’s news from the last 24 hours to start our live blog today!

A Salford resident has raised almost £1,000 after running the Manchester Marathon for UK suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS.

Georgia Padfield challenged herself to the 26.2-mile run after accidentally running a half marathon last year.

To read the full story, click here.

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