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Spoof blue plaques go on show at Salford Lads Club

Composite of Albert Finney and plaque Image copyright PA/Salford Lads club
Image caption Actor Albert Finney was born in Salford but was not a member of the club

A display of spoof blue plaques on celebrities' links with Salford Lads Club, which famously appeared on an album by The Smiths, has gone on show.

Titled "Albert Finney was never a member", it debunks myths while also celebrating past events at the venue.

Project manager Leslie Holmes said: "Our plaques are a bluey green, to be a bit different from the official English Heritage scheme."

It is being held in conjunction with the Manchester International Festival.

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Image caption Frank Sidebottom and footballer Wayne Rooney filmed a TV advert together at the venue
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Image caption The late boxer Henry Cooper was called on to serve hot drinks when a tea boy had to rush off

Mr Holmes said: "Whenever I go to London, I'm always amazed by how many blue plaques there are about the lives of the rich and famous, but hardly any in Salford, so I thought it would be good to change this - even for the weekend - and put 20 plaques here at Salford Lads Club."

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Image caption Another myth debunked - The Smiths band used the club for an album but didn't fight there

He said the exhibition's title was "a humorous way of putting the record straight" on a myth that Salford-born actor Finney, who appeared in Skyfall and The Bourne Ultimatum, was a member when he was a boy.

The plaques, designed by the artist Amber Sanchez, will be on display at the venue until Sunday afternoon.

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Image caption The club, on the real Coronation Street in Salford, is now open to girls as well as boys
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Image caption Scouting founder Lord Baden Powell officially opened the club at a ceremony in 1904

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