Hacienda memorabilia up for grabs in charity auction

John Neill with the Hacienda poster
John Neill with the Hacienda poster

Aficionados of Manchester’s rich musical heritage are set to battle it out to get their hands on a piece of Madchester memorabilia.

This week an original cocktail menu poster hung near the bar in The Gay Traitor, the cocktail bar attached to the world-famous Hacienda night club, has been listed on eBay with all proceeds raised going to St Ann’s Hospice.

The authenticated piece of Hacienda history is certain to appeal to collectors of Factory Records memorabilia. It was discovered by eagle-eyed volunteers in a box of items donated to St Ann’s.

The poster was listed on eBay at 8.30am on Sunday and the auction will run for seven days. Bidding starts at £249.

John Neill, Online Sales Manager at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “This is an amazing chance for someone to win a real slice of Manchester’s musical history.

“The poster has been authenticated by a former graphic designer and event promoter connected to the Hacienda and we have been told it is most likely one of the reprints ordered by the club around 1986/87.

“It’s in very good condition as it’s been kept rolled up in a cardboard tube since it was removed from the bar.

“There are just a few light creases and some marks on the back that are probably from where it’s been stuck into a frame.

“We’re hoping for a lot of interest from music fans across Greater Manchester and beyond so that we can raise as much money as possible for St Ann’s Hospice from the sale.”

St Ann’s Hospice, which operates from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital cares for thousands of patients every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – managing their symptoms, providing support, caring for people at the hospice or at home, and providing end of life care.

To view the item and bid, please visit https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/stannshospicetradingcompany