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ALMO to honour 'A Taste of Honey' writer Shelagh Delaney


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ALMO to honour 'A Taste of Honey' writer Shelagh Delaney ALMO to honour 'A Taste of Honey' writer Shelagh Delaney

An ALMO is to honour one of Salford's most famous writers with a plaque at her former home.

Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes on behalf of Salford City Council, will install the commemorative sign at 77 Duchy Road - the home in which renowned playwright Shelagh Delaney lived until she was 22.

Shelagh was born in Salford in November 1938 and went on to become one of the first working class, female playwrights.

Aged 18, she wrote the world-famous play 'A Taste of Honey' in just 10 days.

Set in 1950s Salford, the drama enjoyed a run of success on Broadway before it was adapted into an award-winning film in 1961.

Shelagh’s daughter, Charlotte, will unveil the plaque at a special ceremony on 3 September. Charlotte said: “I’m honouring so much more than the home of 'A Taste of Honey'.

"Number 77 Duchy Road was always a place of love, laughter and support for both me and my mum. She trusted and respected her community and I believe this always shone through in her work.”

Shelagh, who died in November 2011, will also be remembered later this year during the inaugural Shelagh Delaney Day on2 November, which would have been her 76th birthday.

The occasion was the brainchild of Louise Woodward-Styles, who led a campaign for a special event to celebrate Shelagh.

Louise said: “When I started out with this campaign I couldn’t have envisaged just how much support there would be from across the world.

"The support and hard work of both Salix Homes and Salford City Council has been wonderful. I would like to thank all involved for providing such a wonderful and touching tribute in honour of a much loved Salford daughter - Shelagh Delaney.”

Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “Shelagh Delaney is one of Salford’s most famous daughters and we are delighted to honour her in this way.

“Shelagh moved out of the area when she was young, but the people of Duchy have never forgotten her and often reminisce about her now. Everyone is immensely proud of Shelagh and all that she achieved, so this plaque on her childhood home is a perfect way to ensure that her vast achievements are never forgotten.”

Shelagh Delaney Day will be marked with a host of performances, exhibitions and public talks with events and competitions held to promote young talent in the city.


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