Sheffield 1925: Sheffield Gangs and Wembley Glory, 21st June, Portland works

The Friends of Portland works are very pleased to have engaged the services of John Stocks ( one our trustees in Sheffield the Home Of Football ) and Dave Pickersgill who will jointly deliver the June lecture. John is a widely published poet and local historian. He is the author of 7 books and has led local heritage walks and contributed to many talks in Sheffield. Two of his titles ‘Sheffield Gangs and Wembley Glory’ and ‘Beloved and Betrayed’ both published in 2023 are on sale across the city.
Dave has lived in Sheffield for nearly 50 years. Like John, ex-teacher Dave also leads local heritage walks and contributes to presentations and illustrated talks. He has been involved in several local publications, including ‘Sheffield 1925’ and ‘Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs.’ Now in it’s 5th edition, the latter has had over 200,000 downloads. Copies will be available at the Portland Works.
John and Dave have developed their talk using the theme of Sheffield 1925 when a fratricidal gang dispute raged beyond a murder which led to executions by the state. Their talk will explore the social background to Sheffield’s most turbulent year and the divergence between local legends and historical reality. The importance of football in the life of the city will also feature. Very appropriate given the double promotions achieved this season by United and Wednesday!
Tickets are limited to 60 so don’t delay making your booking! If you haven’t visited our event space before the photo below will provide a good feel.