Smiths star Mike Joyce has drummed up support from the region’s top actors to launch a T-shirt which will help fund a trip of a lifetime for Salford teenagers.
A picture he took of fellow band member Morrissey has been embossed on a yellow shirt for Salford Lads Club to sell.
The image of the group’s singer was taken by Mike on Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, during the Smiths’ tour of the US in 1986.
Actors Maxine Peake, from Bolton , Salford’s Christopher Eccleston, and John Thompson, and Bolton radio presenter Mark Radcliffe, have helped out by doing Morrissey poses in the shirts.
A limited number of one thousand shirts will be printed to help finance a trip to New York for Lads Club members, which will cost £24,000.
Last year another T-shirt went on sale featuring an image by photographer Stephen Wright, of the band outside the arch at the entrance to Lads Club.
That shirt raised £43,000 profit for the club after sales topped £80,000 and were delivered world-wide.
The new shirt goes on sale today at the club and will be available at a pop up shop at Afflecks Palace in Manchester for a week from Monday.
Leslie Holmes, spokesman for the Club, said: “The idea came about after a visit by Mike Joyce to see the Wall of Names earlier this year. Mike has been here lots of times over the past 10 years, I first met him in 2003 when he came played drums on the balcony of the gym which was live on 6Music.
“He then rehearsed here for a couple of years with a band led by Vinny Peculiar with Andy Rourke, Craig Gannon and managed by Bonehead.
“We started talking about how inspirational the first USA trip had been for young people here that we are planning a second trip, this time to New York.
“Mike said he’d like to help fundraise for this and mentioned he had a photo of Morrissey which he took in 1986 which we might be able to use.
“Over the past few months we have met with Mike and come up with different designs using his photo. We are really pleased with the end product, it’s a much larger design than we have done before but we think it suites the photo, the original is in colour but we have done it like a grainy black and white image and had it printed on a ‘80s faded yellow look t-shirt.
“Mike also said we had a few mutual friends who have been to the club and know about the work that goes on here, so they were keen to be involved. Only turns out that they are great Manc icons.”
The shirts are priced at £20 + post and packaging and £15 from each shirt will go direct to the USA trip and towards future activities for young people at the club.
Tony Martin, general manager at Afflecks, said: “We have been supporting Salford Lads Club for over two years now and are very proud to have raised just over £10,000 during that time. Salford Lads Club Morrissey & Smiths themed products sell well with our shoppers, especially tourists visiting the city.”