In the 1950s, Gorton was a crowded working class area of Manchester made up of terraced
houses, factories, locomotive sheds, canals, railway lines, greyhound and speedway
tracks, public houses, corner shops, scrap yards, churches and schools, as well as
Belle Vue – one of the biggest zoological and pleasure gardens in England. It had
a way of life that is now long gone, but its influences remain, not only in the lives
of those people who remember it, but also in the rich sense of humour, tragedy and
benevolence that still survives in the area.
About the Author
Stephen Sayers grew up in Gorton. He was baptized in Gorton Monastery and attended
Peacock Street and Ryder Brow schools. He left Manchester in 1971 to go to University
in York, where he now lives. Stephen Sayers is a Patron of Chetham’s Library in Manchester
and is a Patron of The City Art Gallery and the Theatre Royal in York. For many years
he wrote a column for the Yorkshire Evening Press and he has lectured, broadcast
and published widely on matters relating to folklore, religion and social psychology.
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