I stumbled across these photos by the late photographer Iain S. P. Reid about a year ago or so. Not much is known about Iain except that he was a photographer with a special love for Manchester and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, who sadly passed away in 2000.
The photos date from around 1977 and feature mainly young fans attending home matches at Old Trafford and Maine Road.
I’ve recently shared some of his images on our Instagram and Facebook pages and they have stirred up some nostalgic memories about the football culture of previous decades, long before Sky TV and big money takeovers.
The majority of Iain’s images have not been seen by many, hopefully they can now be appreciated by a wider audience.
Manchester’s Northern Quarter has developed rapidly over the years, a sizemic shift from a gloomy forgotten part of the city to pretty much a tourist destination in its own right. A sprawling epicentre of counter culture and street art, a new bar, restaurant or boutique shop seems to open its doors at least once a fortnight.
Back in the mid eighties however it was a different story, the majority of hipsters who now spend their weekends shopping, eating and drinking here were yet to be born and mobile phones were basically breeze blocks with aerials.
Our gallery below transports us back these times, when pet shops, appliance centres and saunas were king, and these now fashionable streets and pavements were much less trodden.
The Blackburn Warehouse Parties of 1989-1990 started off as a handful of likeminded friends and associates, who disenchanted by the lack of scene in their hometown decided to put on their own nights in disused warehouses and industrial units.
Initially outwitting local authority the events were promoted to people ‘in the know’ via word of mouth, flyers were given out with a contact number to be called for rendezvous points and further instructions, often meeting in distant towns and cities (Manchester’s Konspiracy nightclub being one) then travelling en masse in convoy consisting of Vauxhall Nova’s, Fiesta XR2’s and Escort XR3i’s (amongst other classic models favoured by the youth of the era) across to the various industrial estates around Blackburn. The parties rapidly ballooned from a couple of hundred local kids to thousands of revellers from the satellite towns of the North West and beyond.
The early raves were a success and predominantly trouble free, however as the scale of the events got bigger so did the pressure on the Lancashire Police Force to get the parties shut down, police presence increased and a number of arrests were made. One of the last big events was ‘Live The Dream’ in Tockholes, an all-nighter that took place on 16th/17th September 1989, which saw in excess of 10000 people from all over the UK attend.
Our gallery below takes you back to these times and provides an insight into this magical and non-pretentious early era of dance music and rave culture that went onto inspire a generation of club promotors, musicians and DJs alike.
I was in contact with the now Derbyshire based photographer Robin Weaver recently and he introduced me to a brilliant collection of images that were taken during his time as a reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales during the 1970’s.
Aside from taking the usual press shots of rugby matches, mayors visits and the occasional flower show, he particularly enjoyed spending his spare time documenting the lives of the everyday Welsh people in and around the South Wales valleys and towns.
The images below are just a selection of Robins photographs that capture a different time in Welsh Culture, long before sophisticated computers, mobile phones and on-demand television. These photos take us back to what now seems like ‘a different country’ which is the title of Robins book showcasing his work from that era.