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Back to Black: World Black Pudding Throwing Championships 2016

September 21, 2016 Comments Off on Back to Black: World Black Pudding Throwing Championships 2016

As another season of sporting achievement draws to a close, we Brits can look back at the Olympics, the Paralympics and Wimbledon with a sense of pride and achievement. But there’s one other competition, held at the tail end of the summer, that eclipses all of the above for importance. I speak, of course, of the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.

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Tall Ships Regatta, Blyth 2016: Northern Soul finds its sea legs

September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Tall Ships Regatta, Blyth 2016: Northern Soul finds its sea legs

I’m the first to admit that I know very little about ships.

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Review: London Road Fire Station Tour, Manchester

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: London Road Fire Station Tour, Manchester

Let me take you back a couple of years. I was a nervous new writer and had just received my first assignment for Northern Soul.

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Brass Bands: a Northern working class cliché?

August 6, 2016 Comments Off on Brass Bands: a Northern working class cliché?

Back in 1963, the celebrated dramatist Dennis Potter wrote a review for the Daily Herald about a play by Ron Watson called Man of Brass.

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Historic Pools of Britain: can we save them?

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Historic Pools of Britain: can we save them?

It is called Manchester’s Water Palace but even that undersells it.

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The winners of the Wilmot Cup in 1950, Benny Casofsky, Leslie Cohen and Hymie Lurie.

Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

“We tried to make it look like your mum putting on a celebratory show in her living room cabinet,” says Alexandra Cropper, curator of Chess in Shorts – Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

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Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Purring – Sport of The People explores the lost histories of clog fighting. The artist Anna FC Smith writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the show (currently at The Whitaker in Rossendale) and what visitors can expect. 

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Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

July 2, 2016 Comments Off on Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

In an unassuming Manchester suburb there’s a living room with a piece of furniture you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s a lamp made from a Greenham Common section of fencing. It belongs to lifelong equality activist and peace campaigner, Betty Tebbs.

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Beyond the Glass Case: Old Low Light, North Shields

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Beyond the Glass Case: Old Low Light, North Shields

The Old Low Light sits on the spot where North Shields began many centuries ago. It is the oldest surviving, occupied building on the Fish Quay and started life as a lighthouse, leading mariners safely into the River Tyne. Centre manager Pearl Saddington writes for Northern Soul about its transformation into a thriving heritage centre and there’s a gorgeous photo gallery by our North East Photographer, Phil Pounder.

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Folken: civic identity, philanthropy and creating the cities we want to live in

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Folken: civic identity, philanthropy and creating the cities we want to live in

Liverpool feels like it’s on the cusp of change, the growth of grassroots movements, of shifting and changing sands, this explosion in the number of micro businesses.

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