MANCHESTER DIARY
JT put ‘Nicky’ in the picture!

MEMORIES: Nicky Balcombe and members of the family show the portrait of the late Fred Balcombe in his robes as Lord Mayor of Manchester

FAMILIES of the founders of the Jewish Blind Society — now the Nicky Alliance Centre — were reunited at a ceremony to unveil refurbished portraits, thanks to the Jewish Telegraph.

Last month, we ran an article asking if any of our readers recognised a number of people on the portraits.

And a number came forward to identify the various dignitaries.

The portraits had been displayed on the staircase at the centre for many years, but had faded and suffered the ravages of time.

On display were community luminaries such as Louis Glancy, Hymie Davies, Daniel Suppree, Abe Zolkwer, Bob Cassel and former Lord Mayors of Manchester Leslie Lever and Fred Balcombe.

Nicky chief executive Michelle Wiseman said: “We are grateful to the Jewish Telegraph for helping us track down the families.

“These people were key players in the earlier organisation over many years, dating back to when it was the Jewish Blind Society, and we feel it is only appropriate that their work is recognised and their names memorialised within the centre.”

The refurbishment was made possible by the Balcombe family.

Chairman Brian White said: “The families represent the crème de la crème of the founding fathers of Jewish Manchester and are held in the highest esteem at the Nicky.

“These people had a vision — a vision that continues 70 years later.”


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