I recently great pleasure of attending an interview with Albert Finney who was kindly giving his support to a society called the Old Salfordians.
The society is the Salford Grammar Alumni and they are getting together next March to celebrate fourty years since the closure the school which counts the lovely Mr Finney as well as artist Harold Riley, John Caine, playwright, Mike Leigh, Film Director and Graham Nash, The Hollies all as former pupils.
Albert had agreed to give two rare interviews to the MEN and BBC Radio Manchester and so as arranged I turned up to host both Albert and the media to ensure all went to plan. I was slightly intimidated to meet this living legend who first made his name in 1960 playing the working class anti-hero Arthur Seaton in the epic film ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’. Since then he has gone on to play all manner of roles each with his own inimitable style and charm and most recently he even appeared alongside 007 himself in the recent ‘Skyfall’ movie.
I needn’t have worried however, as Albert was charm personified. He greeted me warmly and ensured I had a constant supply of hot tea and biscuits whilst he delivered two fascinating interviews giving a glimpse into the live of a film star who started life in Salford, a place he loves as much today as he did back then. Read all about is here in the Manchester Evening News: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/tv_and_showbiz/s/1594947_actor-albert-finney—son-of-salford—loves-to-come-home or check out the iPlayer to hear Gordon Burns full interview with Albert Finney on BBC Radio Manchester: