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Sixties glamour hits Reddish, while football binds father and son together. Paul Morley on what it means to be a northerner. From May 2013.

Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven, old enough to form an identity but too young to be aware that 'southern' was a category, Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth.

Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Morley explores what it means to be northern.

Today: sixties glamour finds its way to Reddish, while football binds father and son together.

Paul Morley is an acclaimed music journalist, writer, presenter and music producer. He made his name writing for the NME between 1977 and 1983, and has gone on to publish several books about music.
Reader: Paul Morley, with additional readings from Paul Hilton
Abridger: Viv Beeby
Producer: Justine Willett.

15 minutes

Music used in this episode

The Smiths ‘Back to the Old House’

Grimethrope Colliery Band ‘Dvorak Symphony No 9’

Les Dawson (external YouTube link)

Grimethrope Colliery Band Elgar’s Nimrod

Beady Eye ‘True Blue'


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Author Paul Morley
Abridger Viv Beeby
Producer Justine Willett
Reader Paul Morley
Reader Paul Hilton


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