Stretford Gasholders Photo Competition

The competition winners will be announced at a prize-giving event on: 

Thursday 25 April, 4.30pm – 6.00pm, St Matthews Community Hall, Chapel Lane, Stretford, M32 9AJ.

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National Grid launched the photo competition to help commemorate and record the history of the gasworks, which once played an essential role in making sure local homes had a reliable gas supply.

Local amateur photographers were invited to capture the most striking images of both the Thomas Street gasholders and the Stretford community. The deadline for submitting entries was 28 February 2019.

Winners of the Stretford Gasholder Photo Competition were revealed at a presentation ceremony on the 25th April. The event was well attended by members of the community who came to celebrate the former Thomas Street gasworks and view a pop-up gallery displaying some of the best submission from the competition. It marked the conclusion of work to dismantle the gasholders, which began in November 2018.

The winners were announced by the panel of judges including: local photographer, Len Grant, Gorse Hill Councillor Laurence Walsh and members of the National Grid project team.

We’d like to thank the judges for their support and all those who joined us at the event for the final celebration of Stretford Gasworks.

The Competition

Thank you to everyone who took part in the National Grid Stretford Gasholder Photo Competition.

The winners were:

Eloise Boinot, Stretford Gasholder from Afar – Adult category
Keane Leighton, Stretford Gasholder from Afar – Junior category
Hazel Gibbs, Stretford Your Community – Adult category
Keane Leighton, Stretford Your Community – Junior category

The winners were each awarded up to £150 for photographic accessories from DS Colour Labs and a wall panel print of their photograph.

Four local residents were also awarded highly commended certificates by the judges for their entries: Rick Walber, Kathleen Cunliffe, Shirley Bainbridge and Adriana Buonfantino.

The Winners

Highly Commended

The Event

History

The Thomas Street gasworks was first developed in the 1850s by the Stretford Gas Company and expanded numerous times over the next 100 years. The gasholders at the site today were built in 1902, 1931 and 1942.

Stretford Gasworks

The gasholders once played an essential role in making sure local homes had a reliable gas supply. They were filled with gas during times of low demand so they could feed into the local network of pipes at times of peak demand. Now, new technology allows the gas to be stored inside the pipes. This means the old holders are no longer needed and can be removed to free up the site for beneficial use in the future.

But before we taken them down, we want to recognise the part they’ve played in the community and their place on Stretford’s skyline.

This competition is a way of celebrating the Thomas Street gasholders and their history. It forms part of National Grid’s ‘Capturing Stories’, a nationwide project to collect and preserve everyday memories of life living and working close to gasworks.

Capturing stories

The work to record the history of the Thomas Street gasholders is part of National Grid’s ‘Capturing Stories’, a nationwide project to collect and preserve everyday memories of life living and working close to gasworks. It will create one of the largest digital archives related to the gas industry of people’s experiences through video and audio recordings.

Do you have a story to tell about the Thomas Street gasworks?

Please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you and receive any information or old photos that you may have of the Thomas Street gasworks.

Tel: 0800 073 1047

Email: nationalgrid@jbp.co.uk