Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl - Women's T-Shirt

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Regular price £25.00

Dirty Old Town

Available in 3 colours.

Originally written by Salford born Ewan MacColl in 1949, this song paints a vivid picture of his hometown – a grey and polluted place populated with factories spewing smoke into the Lancashire skies and industrial waste into the local rivers. 

Despite the gloomy imagery the lyrics so effectively conjure, it’s clear that MacColl loves his town – the grime, the dirt, the bellowing towers and the barren landscape. ‘Dirty Old Town’ is about pride and telling it like it is, not shame and wishful thinking. The IQ team has a very special relationship with MacColl’s masterpiece and wanted their favourite lines to form an integral part of their fledgling brand. 

We first heard the song at Manchester United home games and, to us, it symbolises a hard and dirty life that was synonymous with an industrial city post-Second World War. Even today, there is still a sense from the people of Manchester that working hard and enjoying life go hand in hand. ‘Work hard and play hard’ embodies Manchester living, either as a native Mancunian or an adopted member of the city. Our brand wants to emphasise one key message: whatever you do, wherever you live, Freedom of Speech belongs to you.


All measurements are approximate



  • 100% organic ringspun cotton
  • Cap dolman sleeve
  • Sleeve hem rolled up with bartacks.
  • Neck collar in self fabric with single topstitch.
  • Inside back neck tape in self fabric.
  • Back yoke with two needle topstitch.
  • Round bottom hem with blindstitch (back length longer than front length).
  • Slub single jersey
  • Weight: 130 gsm.

    Caring for your T-shirt:

    • Wash at 30°C
    • Do not bleach
    • Do not tumble dry
    • Iron on a low heat
    • Do not iron on print
    • Do not dry clean
    • Wash inside-out
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