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SALFORD LOSES A SLICE OF ITS SOUL WITH THE SAD PASSING OF MADGE KELLY
 

Star date: 22nd December 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON'S MOTHER SADLY PASSES AWAY

Salford lost part of its soul this morning, with the incredibly sad passing of Lower Broughton's Madge Kelly. Madge was a real stalwart and almost the mother of that community.

A leading light of the formidable RITA tenants association, Madge helped save 400 houses on the Spike Island estate, she was involved in campaigns and heritage projects, became the poster girl for the Boxing Day flood last year and was a proud miner's wife. But most of all Madge was one of the kindest, most caring people in the city. She will be badly, sadly missed.

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Tributes were pouring in this morning as news began to spread that Lower Broughton's Madge Kelly had passed away.

It was only on Monday that Madge was smiling and giving out presents to homeless people as part of the Community Festive Dinner at Cross Street Chapel. This was just the latest scenario in a lifetime of helping the community, be it running kids' parties on the Spike Island estate, or fighting the Bedroom Tax, fighting to Save Broughton Rec and fighting for a zillion other causes.

As part of the formidable all-female RITA tenants association, Madge helped to defeat Salford City Council and developers Countryside Properties, who wanted to demolish four hundred houses on Spike Island. Madge, in her own gentle way, was not to be messed with – and won the respect of the community and politicians alike.

Local Broughton councillor, Jim King, today paid tribute to Madge... "She was an outstanding leader for the local community, and her voice and opinions carried significant weight" he said "Madge will be much missed in her community and by her family. I was very sad to hear of her passing and send my commiserations to her husband Ivor and her family."

Madge was a proud miner's wife and was involved in the Irwell Valley Mining Project, which seeks to commemorate the old collieries of Salford, and never missed an event, while also helping out with heritage projects like Retracing Salford.

In 2011, Madge was given a Salix Star Inclusion Award as "a passionate individual, who is dedicated to improving the neighbourhood"…but, while volunteering in the community, she also believed in taking on authority...

"When I first started going to council meetings I met Madge, and the fight she put up inspired me massively to get involved" says community activist Graham Cooper "If she could do it, I could do it! She will be hugely missed by the community and her family. I'm absolutely shell-shocked."

Madge was also one of the leading inspirations in the founding of the Salford Star and she was always there with an open door, even in the aftermath of the Boxing Day flood which devastated her home. There were so many photos of Madge in the Star that we called her the poster girl of the floods.

We could go on and on about her contribution to the community – but all people need to know is that, today, Salford lost some of its soul. They really, really, really don't make 'em like Madge any more. She will be sadly, sadly missed.

The Salford Star sends commiserations and love to Ivor, Debbie and Paul

Lesley wrote
at 11:20:22 on 29 December 2016
Madge was a lovely very helpfull lady always there to help everybody she sure is going to be missed simply 1 of salfords best Madge your going to be missed very much love to all her family at this very sad time thinking of all her family RIP MADGE KELLY X💖💖💖
 
Alicia wrote
at 15:27:17 on 23 December 2016
Aww so sad :( made u was one in a million . And was my shoulder to cry on . Sweet dreams . Fly high you beautiful lady .
 
Debra shelton wrote
at 09:26:40 on 23 December 2016
I feel so sad to hear of madges passing fairness and working class justice coursed madges veins a true socialist in practice but mainly a lovely human being I send my love and respects to Ivor Paul and Debbie rest peacefully madge Deb Shelton X
 
Keri wrote
at 08:44:49 on 23 December 2016
Will be very sadly missed round here in salford our queen madge. Will always be remembered sleep tight my love ;(
 
Graham Cooper wrote
at 08:44:46 on 23 December 2016
I first meet Madge at the meeting RITA called to do with the demolition of all of Heath Ave about eight years ago. Between Madge and others nearly 300 people turned up top give the proposal a big two fingers. As Steve said in last years floods Madge was more concerned about helping others instead of her own flooded house and situation. A voice that will sadly be missed by many in this area.
 
Steven North wrote
at 21:18:32 on 22 December 2016
So sad to hear this. During the floods last year Madge was so bothered about everybody else even though her downstairs was gutted. A genuinely generous person. She was "community" personified.
 
Maria wrote
at 21:18:17 on 22 December 2016
Madge will definitely be sadly missed by her friends and neighbours on Spike Island. She was instrumental in letting us know that Countryside Properties were after the land where our houses were built in 2005 to build posh flats and create a Riverside Quays. Well said too Cllr Jim King, Madge will be remembered.
 
Councillor Charlie McIntyre wrote
at 21:18:10 on 22 December 2016
Really sad news! Madge was a strong woman with a heart of gold. Thoughts and prayers are with her family. RIP
 
Steve wrote
at 17:53:28 on 22 December 2016
That is terrible news. A wonderful person with amazing strength and someone who made such a huge contribution to the community. She will be sadly missed. My thoughts will be with you, Ivor, Debbie and Paul. Steve Speed xxx
 
Len wrote
at 15:34:28 on 22 December 2016
RIP Madge . Legend ! Madge cared about Salford and its people . What a contrast to the parasites infesting Salford council .
 
Conor wrote
at 14:24:00 on 22 December 2016
A great loss to many people. I appreciate the fact that the lives of people like Madge are news, and I am glad that the Star is there to report it. You do an important job...My respects to the family and friends of Madge Kelly.
 
Gwenda Connett wrote
at 14:23:47 on 22 December 2016
I was so shocked to hear this sad news today.Having worked with madge in the seventies she never altered always smiling and happy to stop for a chat.She attended my 40th 50th and 60th birthday and though we Didn,t see a great deal of each other Inbetween she never changed.Always ready and willing to help other people and loved a challenge.I will miss bumping into you your smiling face and our little chats.rest in peace madge.My thoughts are with you Ivor,Debbie and Paul.xx Gwen Roge and family x
 
chloe connolly wrote
at 14:23:40 on 22 December 2016
You'll be missed your an amazing women always in my thoughts!!! Sleep tight queen xx
 
Debbie wrote
at 12:15:10 on 22 December 2016
Thank you so much Stephen for this, and also the tributes for my man. She was salfords own xx
 
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