Trafford residents found to be mystery subjects of Cornerhouse exhibition (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Trafford residents found to be mystery subjects of Cornerhouse exhibition
AN appeal to find two clubbers from the 1980s who were featured in a photographic exhibition at Manchester art cinema, the Cornerhouse, has been successful – with two Trafford residents revealed as the subjects.
Paula Hilton, from Hale Barns, and Karen Bentley, from Urmston, were photographed in Manchester night spots by David Chadwick in the early 1980s and will now feature in his we were all here once exhibition at the independent film and arts venue in October.
Paula is described as the ‘mysterious lady in David’s iconic picture, Girl in a Discotheque, an image the Cornerhouse sees as central to its history, as it appeared in the centre’s very first exhibition in 1985.
The 54-year-old said she was a regular on Manchester’s club scene throughout the decade, including Sandpiper Club, where the photo was taken, the Hacienda, Applejacks, as well as working at Peter Stringfellows’ Millionaire’s Club.
Another Trafford resident who will feature in David’s exhibition is Karen Bentley, now of Stretford, whose punkish style was captured while she attended the Mayflower Club, in Belle Vue, which held many punk nights and gigs until it burned down in the 1980s.
Karen, now 50, appeared in the Sun in 1981 for going to work at the North West Electricity Board (Norweb) in punk-wear and is still a big music fan, recently attending the Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool.
She said: “I was really surprised but interested when my friend messaged me on Facebook to say there was a photo of me in the paper and that they wanted people in the photo to contact them.
“I am looking forward to the exhibition at the Cornerhouse and hoping others from the photo will be there.
“I have a 24 year old son who was aware of me being a punk from a very young age and has never been bothered by it. My son has grown up listening to the punk songs I play but he likes all kinds of other music as well.”
David said: “In those days, sub-cultures like punks and New Romantics invented their own style, and, unlike today, it filtered upwards into mainstream fashion and music.
“Manchester was also very different then, with huge areas of the city centre semi-derelict and unlit. Young people took over the disused warehouses for clubs and studios and made spaces to be creative and ‘find themselves’ – and to connect with others like them.”
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