Photography competition celebrates Stretford's iconic gasworks

National Grid is running a photo competition to capture the iconic gasworks on Thomas St, which has been a feature of Stretford’s skyline for more than 100 years.

by | 08/02/19

National Grid is running a photo competition to capture the iconic gasworks on Thomas St, which has been a feature of Stretford’s skyline for more than 100 years.

The competition is part of the gasholder dismantling project and a great opportunity for local people to celebrate its history.

Part of National Grid’s ‘Capturing Stories’ initiative, a nationwide project to collect and preserve everyday memories of living and working close to gasworks, the competition will create one of the largest digital archives of people’s experiences of the gas industry through video and audio recordings.

The winners of each category will receive up to £150 in vouchers for photographic accessories from DS Colour Labs. Images will also be included in a limited edition booklet being developed to record the history of the site.

The competition has two categories, with separate junior (17 and under) and adult entries, which can be taken on a phone or camera:

  • Stretford’s Gasholders from Afar: a photograph of the Thomas Street gasholders in their setting, taken from a distance, at any angle. All photographs must be taken safely from outside the site.
  • Stretford – Your Community: a photograph of Stretford that that reflects the town and community.

The closing date for entries is 28 February, 2019. Enter the competition here and winners will be announced in April.

National Grid is also holding a tea and cake event on Wednesday 27 February to hear from people who remember the gasworks in action, or who used to work at the site. The event will take place from 2-6pm at St Matthew’s Community Hall on Chapel Lane, Stretford.

For all media related enquiries please contact:

Samantha Lafferty on 07808 887241

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