Mark Addy was known as The Salford Hero and was famous for rescuing over 50 drowning people from the River Irwell. He was also an accomplished oarsman. He was born in 1838 at Stage Buildings, on the banks of the River Irwell, near Blackfriars Bridge, where his father and uncle were boat builders. The famous rescues began when Mark was only 13 and unable to swim, but he later went to Greengate Baths and became a proficient swimmer.
Mark received many medals for his bravery, including the gold medal of the Salford Hundred Humane Society and in 1879, the Albert Medal First Class, which was presented by Queen Victoria. In 1878 he was presented with 200 guineas by the Townsmen of Salford at a ceremony at Salford Town Hall. However, in early 1890 he was diagnosed with having consumption (TB) and after an eight week confinement in his room at The Old Boathouse Inn, Everard Street, he died on 9th June 1890 aged 52.
Donations poured in from a grateful public and a large monument to Addy was erected at Weaste Cemetery. The monument is an unusual obelisk style and is Grade II listed.