Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gasworks Have Bitten the Dust

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gasworks Have Bitten the Dust

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FLATTENED land lies where two metal giants once stood for 100 years.

Ewan MacColl immortalised them in his ode to the city, Dirty Old Town. One version of it opens with the lyric: "I met my love by the gasworks wall/Dreamed a dream by the old canal."

Now the rusting gasworks bounded by West Egerton Street, Liverpool Street, and Regent Road have bitten the dust.

The demolition job is the latest to befall a string of heritage landmarks, including the blue 90ft dock cranes which stood at the entrance to Salford Quays until October 2013, when they were felled after a decadelong fight to save them.

The original version of Dirty Old Town featured the lyric: "I found my love by the gasworks croft". The croft was a piece of land next to the gasworks.

This was later changed as the song was performed by many artists, including The Pogues in 1985, Rod Stewart, and The Dubliners. …

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