In 2015, a vote was cast by Greater Manchester West County (GMW) in favour of closing the Swinton & Pendlebury and City of Salford Districts to launch a new District. The decision was made to give Salford Metro a larger District, similar in size to its neighbours in Ellesmere. This would give even more opportunities for young people, bigger and better attended District events and an improved quality of programme. A fully functioning leadership team and exec, and a larger presence in GMW would provide a better Scouting experience for adults and young people alike.
GMW selected a new name for the District, something appropriate and synonymous with the area. From 5 shortlisted entries, the independent panel selected Lowry as the latest addition to GMW.
LS Lowry was an artist, originally from Stretford born on 1st November 1887. However, he is best known for painting industrial landscapes of Salford, Pendlebury, Swinton and surrounding areas, depicting his characters in his infamous ‘matchstick men’ style. In more recent years, Lowry’s name has become part of Salford’s 21st century identity with the theatre and shopping centre both carrying his name so it seems a fitting tribute, that GMW’s latest addition will follow suit.
Elizabeth Samson was appointed as our first District Commissioner (until 2019) and the District launched in early 2016.