THE story of Manchester music has moved into Emporium M33 in Sale town centre, thanks to Manchester music historian and illustrator Paul Wilde.

Inspired by Manchester's rich music history, and his 'Manchester Pop Trail' column, Paul has created a range of handmade ceramics and cards to commemorate historic local music events, such as The Beatles and Rolling Stones in Urmston during 1963, David Bowie's show at the Hardrock, Stretford in 1972, and Bob Dylan's infamous 1966 Free Trade Hall appearance.

Paul said: “The city is recognised around the world as the most influential. There are loads of amazing facts out there that could be lost. I mean, did you know The Who’s first live appearance in the area took place in Altrincham, April 9, 1965, at the Stamford Hall where Boots is today, can you believe it?"

As well as selling his work in Emporium M33 (formerly Trader's Outlet)- an opportunity which he says has given him a platform to celebrate the area's musical heritage- he has honoured local hero Frank Sidebottom by painting a full-size mural for guests to use as a festive photo opportunity.

Paul's interest in local music history began with his father, Geoff Wilde, who has shared the stage with The Beatles at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, and later held residence at Altrincham's own Malt Shovels. His family background in the local music scene led to Paul's Manchester Evening News column, 'Manchester Pop Trail,' which charted Manchester's unique role in pop music history and aimed to "stir memories of the artists, the venues and personalities that form the backdrop of the Manchester music scene".

As well as inspiring his collection at Emporium M33, his work on Manchester's music history has attracted a lot of attention, with Peter Hook (of Joy Division and New Order fame) describing him as an 'ambassador for Manchester.'

Whilst waiting for Manchester to recognise its musical landmarks with a 'music museum', Paul has plans to set up a 'Trafford Rocks' tour of the borough's musical hotspots in 2018.