I think a lot of people were (and still are) morer inclined to claim their Salford heritage before that of their parents wherever they had come from. It was that sort of a place. At the same time the families would still hold true to Irish, Scottish, Welsh, maybe even Yorkshire heritage.
One of the most Electrifying experiences I have ever had was in the Palace theatre just over the river in Manchester, less than two miles from where Jimmy Miller was born. Barbara Dickson as part of her "Seven Ages of Woman" show coupled "She's leaving Home" with "The First Time Ever".
Most of the audience were there for her popular music credentials rather than her impeccable folk ones.
The combined audible gasp at the end when peole were capable of taking a breath was unbeleivable. As was the involuntary movement of fingers towards eyes.
The proximity of the performance of the song to McColls birthplace will have been lost on the majority of the audience but for me it will always remain as one of the most remembered moments that Folk has given me over the years ( and there's been a lot).