MIKE Sweeney has spent nearly as much of his life in Saddleworth as he did in his native Salford.
But while you can take the boy out of Ordsall, after 70 years you are never going to take Salford 5 out of the Dobcross based pensioner.
The accent, for one thing, remains as Regent Road as it ever did while the moors haven’t gentrified the one-time docker and miner.
Neither has the BBC Radio Manchester presenter lost his passion for music.
It first hooked him during the Fifties and drew him significantly more throughout the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.
In fact, Sweeney has interspersed his latter career as a DJ, presenter and frustrated footballer, as frontman with a series of Mancunian and Salfordian bands.
Some of us regularly made weekly trips to the Duke of Wellington in Pendlebury to watch the residency of the Salford Jets.
There was an enjoyable, more melodic partnership a few years back with Paddy O’Hare.
Now Sweeney is rolling back the years on a mini tour of Greater Manchester with his pals and contemporaries in the Manchester Beat.
And there’s a home coming gig at Uppermill Civic Hall on Saturday, February 24 when the rafters will be reverberating to a succession of Sixties classics including many stamped through with ‘Made in Manchester.’
Liverpool may have had the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers but Manc music was en vogue long before the Smiths, Oasis and Happy Mondays.
The Mindbenders, Swinging Blue Jeans, the Hollies, Freddy and the Dreamers and Herman’s Hermits were household names of their generation.
So, if you fancy a nostalgia trip to listen to some pop classic then make the most of Sweeney’s Manchester Beat live in Saddleworth for one night only.
For ticket information visit www.handshakegroup.com