Monday, November 4, 2013

Harry Goodwin, Jackie Trent and friends

We were fortunate enough to be invited to film the unveiling of a carved oak bench seat in the Precinct of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester last Saturday. This coincided with the first Chorlton Art Market as part of the Chorlton Revival.
Now the bench seat is significant, not only because it has been carved out of three large pieces of oak with a chain saw, but because it is to commemorate a very much loved and respected photographer, Harry Goodwin, who made his name in the 1960s and later photographing the stars, particularly those on Top of the Pops. Harry died recently at the age of 89, and is already greatly missed amongst a community which included in the past the likes of the Bee Gees, George Best and Sir Matt Busby.
We were delighted to interview several of Harry's old friends, including one of those stars from the past, Jackie Trent, who was at No. 1 on the Top of the Pops in 1965 with "Where are you now, my love?". What a lovely lady she is as she talked about her experiences with Harry both in the past and in recent times. The interview is now published as part of the short film on the unveiling which includes interviews with other old friends like Nathan Birks who led the unveiling, Ron Keeling who ready his poem to Harry and John Leech MP.
You can view the film at

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