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Eurovision fans have the chance to own an exclusive piece of Song Contest history

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Eurovision fans have the chance to own an exclusive piece of Song Contest history
Eurovision 2023 Set - M&S Bank Arena. Credit: Nick Robinson

Eurovision fans are being offered the chance to own a unique piece of Song Contest history, as a range of limited edition bespoke handmade products and gifts made from wood taken from the stage and set have been revealed.

The products, which are made by Touch Wood, are being created from wood from the Eurovision 2023 set, including the flooring and steps, and include coaster sets, music speakers, wooden dance-floor stages, and a range of other items. Bespoke commissions can also be taken, from furniture to planters, benches to shelving – and everything in between.

Mike Taylor, commercial director of Touch Wood, explained:

“Touch Wood rescues timber and takes wood that would otherwise end up in landfill or be burned and turns it into beautiful products, gifts and furniture.  We train people from the local community with carpentry skills and our ethos is to ensure reduce, reuse, and recycle is at the heart of everything we do.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to create amazing products from this Eurovision wood. Every item is unique as it’s all made by hand and they make great gifts for music lovers or are something people can purchase as an investment if they’d like a piece of Song Contest history too.

“We have a range of products already available, but can also create bespoke items that people might want.  Anyone can get in touch and we’ll chat to them about their ideas, and if people have their own DIY projects they can buy pieces of the wood too if they prefer. 

“The most important thing is that this fabulous timber finds new homes where it will continue to be loved and remembered as an important part of history.”

Touch Wood is part of the EMERGE group, one of the original pioneers in the North West to highlight the practicalities of reducing waste, reusing and recycling which launched 25 years ago.  The group has grown from a voluntary group into a charitable one that employs around 50 people and is supported by an army of more than 150 volunteers.

The group includes Community Benefit Society EMERGE Recycling, which provides waste management for businesses and organisations as well as promoting sustainability and offering advice and information.  It also includes Touch Wood, which rescues waste wood – including recently wood from Manchester Velodrome and Manchester Town Hall – and repurposes it for resale and reuse via its shop on New Smithfield Market.  The charity also runs FareShare GM, in partnership with the national food surplus charity, as well as offering volunteering and employability support to enable people to kickstart their careers and develop new skills.

Mike added:

“As well as individuals wanting to own a piece of history, local bars, restaurants or other businesses might also want to commission their own pieces to mark their involvement.  What better way to celebrate on a night out than singing on your very own mini-stage created from wood from Eurovision, for example?  Or honouring staff or volunteers with wooden awards made from this fantastic timber?

“We’d love to hear from anyone interested in owning a piece of Eurovision history. Some items can be bought from our Etsy site or can give us a call on 0161 223 8200 if they’d like to find out more, learn about other products in the range or commission a bespoke product or gift.”

For more info on how you can own a piece of Eurovision history click here.

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