26 Sep 2007
Where are they now file 
Colin Sinclair, one-time manager of one-time Factory artists The Railway Children and A Certain Ratio and now Chief Executive of Midas - the inward investment agent for Manchester - is interviewed in the latest Manchester Evening News.

"Mr" Sinclair rose from the ranks of Salford University Federation of Conservative Students to become the SUSU Entertainment Officer in the early eighties. After a stint as an independent Manchester promoter (first gig Lavolta Lakota @ Deville's!) Colin invested in property: renovating a dilapidated Victorian school building and turning it into the Boardwalk venue (of Nirvana fame) and rehearsal rooms (home to ACR, Happy Mondays and Oasis).

After managing the The Railway Children's releases on Factory Records (FAC 162, FAC 167 & FACT 185) and the signing of A Certain Ratio to A&M, Sinclair eventually sold The Boardwalk building in the nineties before going on to "produce major televised events like the Commonwealth Games handover in Manchester in 1998 and the opening of the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff in 1999".

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