Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A new history of Chorlton in just 20 objects no 3 the community newspaper 1984

From January 1984 to sometime in May 1986 Chorlton had its own community newspaper. The first editorial set the style “Let 1984 come alive with Chorlton Green....Chorlton Green is a community newspaper, and offers Chorlton the voice it’s never had before – in personal opinion, in creative work and as an information exchange”. And over the next two years the paper covered a lot of what went on in Chorlton and never shied away from controversial stories but could also ponder on the return of the tram and a time in the future when we might become “South Manchester’s Bohemian Heartland” including an “artist’s quarter” with a “glossy sheen of alternative bookstores, exotic antique shops, delicatessens and specialists in ....countercultural accessories”.  All of which makes the story one to explore in more detail at another time.

Picture; courtesy of Bernard Leach.

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