Memories of Boro's 'Golden Boy' Wilf Mannion are wanted as part of a new community heritage project.
A collaboration between Dr Tosh Warwick, Manchester Metropolitan University historian and Heritage Unlocked founder, and Black Path Press, a community publishing project set up by artists Foundation Press, the project will see the publication of a short booklet, Memories of Mannion.
The booklet will focus on memories of the South Bank-born inside forward by drawing on reminiscences from the former Boro star’s family as well as contributions from the wider public.
The project has already invited members of the public to share their memories and memorabilia relating to the former Ayresome Park great over the course of last weekend, at the Brilliant Boro Hub in Middlesbrough's Hillstreet Shopping Centre and South' Bank's Golden Boy Green Community Centre.
Thise who haven't already and are interested in making their own contribution of memories can mail email@example.com, visit the Heritage unlocked website or call 07591 093136 by Monday August 26 2019.
Boro fan Dr Tosh Warwick, who grew up on Hampden Street in South Bank, said: “Wilf Mannion is South Bank’s most famous son and his achievements as one of Middlesbrough and England’s greatest ever footballers are well known. The Black Path Press Community Publishing Project provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase South Bank’s heritage and the Memories of Mannionpublication will help bring together stories of Wilf Mannion’s extraordinary footballing prowess and encounters outside of sport”.
Artists Adam Phillips and Deborah Bower from Foundation Press said: “We were invited to design a public artwork on a wall along the Black Path. To open up the conversation of what we should include in this artwork, we decided to set up a community printing press called Black Path Press. So far we have published 25 books, working with many different groups and individuals. Each book covers a different topic relating to the Black Path or South Bank. The printing press we have set up is based in Golden Boy Green Community Centre on Normanby Road – a building named after Wilf Mannion, so we would love to hear more about people’s memories of the man himself.”
Available free to local libraries, community organisations and schools, Memories of Mannion will also feature a range of historical material including extracts from recordings held by The British Library, documents from Middlesbrough Libraries and oral history material from the collections of Teesside Archives.
Black Path Press is a Great Place Tees Valley project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England National Lottery Projects.