Stretford Island Discs: a new podcast celebrating the stories and memories of Stretford

We’re thrilled to launch a podcast that seeks to celebrate the memories and stories of Stretford residents and the Hall, through the medium of music.

With a nod to that OTHER established desert-island themed, musical radio programme –  each show of Stretford Island Discs will feature a Stretford local where we ask them – ‘if you found yourself thousands of miles away from Stretford, marooned on a desert island on your own, which six tracks would you choose to accompany you?”

Our first castaway in this series is the one and only Bill Mather.  Bill is a local cultural historian who has been actively involved in Stretford Local History Society, The Modernist Society as well as a key member of the original campaign to save Stretford Public Hall. Bill is also a long-time Stretford resident and mad about music, which makes him the ideal first guest. In this first episode, Bill talks about his memories growing up and living in Stretford, as well as providing a fascinating musical history of Stretford – from Billy Fury to The Smiths.

You can listen to the first episode of the podcast below, or simply subscribe to ‘Stretford Island Discs’ on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

If you would like to be considered as a guest for a forthcoming episode or would like to nominate someone who you think might be a great castaway, email us at

Stretford Islands Discs has been made possible through the support of Culture Champions Trafford. Culture Champions Trafford was an age-friendly cultural engagement programme for people aged 50 and over living in Trafford working in partnership with Stretford Public Hall and Limelight.