A housing association has once again teamed up with Salford beekeepers to produce a limited edition honey pot in honour of one of Salford’s most famous playwrights.
Salix Homes has joined forces with Kersal Vale Beekeepers to produce commemorative honey pots to mark the second annual Shelagh Delaney Day celebrations taking place next month. (November)
It’s the second edition of the collectable honey pot, which was first produced last year to mark the inaugural Shelagh Delaney Day celebrations.
Salford-born Shelagh was one of the first working class, female playwrights and famously penned her most famous work – A Taste of Honey – when she was just 18 years old, from her home in Duchy Road, which is now owned by Salix Homes
The locally produced honey, which is called A Taste of Honey, will be handed out to visitors during the celebrations at Salford Arts Theatre on November 25-26.
Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “A Taste of Honey was set in Salford and was Shelagh’s most famous play, so we are very proud to be once again working with Kersal Vale Beekeepers, which is a wonderful community enterprise, to produce these honey pots in her honour.
“We hope Shelagh Delaney fans will treasure these honey pots as our community unites once again to celebrate the work and life of one of Salford’s most famous daughters.”
Last year Salix Homes also installed a plaque on Shelagh’s childhood home, which was unveiled by her former sweetheart – renowned artist Harold Riley.
Shelagh will also be remembered at this year’s Salix Stars community hero awards, organised by Salix Homes, where an award has been named in her honour.
Shelagh Delaney Day was the brainchild of proud Salfordian Louise Woodward-Styles who spearheaded a campaign for a special event to celebrate the playwright.
Louise said: “Since the first Shelagh Delaney Day, this honey has been a much sought after piece of memorabilia providing a talking point about both Shelagh Delaney and the city she called home.
“Salix Homes has been inspirational in not only supporting the Delaney calendar but also being a housing association who values their community and the people in it. I also have great admiration for Kersal Vale Beekeepers and their work is vital to the preservation and protection of these amazing species.”
During this year’s celebrations, Salford Art’s Theatre in Pendleton will be staging the world premiere of Shelagh’s ‘The Close To Home Show’ on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26.
Louise added: “I would urge people to purchase their tickets in advance so they don’t miss out on what is set to be an incredible event.”
To find out more about the event go to www.shelaghdelaneyday.org For tickets call the Box Office on 0161 925 0111.