LS Lowry painting Going to the Match returns to Salford gallery for free to view exhibit

Video Report by Victoria Grimes

LS Lowry’s Going to the Match has returned to public display at The Lowry in Salford.

The Lowry was able to successfully bid for the painting at Christie’s for a record breaking £7.8 million.

It has been on display at the Lowry’s galleries since they opened in 2000, courtesy of a loan by its owners the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).

Julia Fawcett, Chief Executive of The Lowry, said: "It was one of the darkest days in our organisations history when we had to take the painting down from our walls, send it away to the auction house.

"I don't think any of us ever believed that the painting would be coming back so it's been a long six months, so we are just overjoyed."

After the PFA put it up for sale it was feared the painting would vanish from public view and end up in a private collection.

But, thanks to a gift from the Law Family charitable foundation, The Lowry was able to buy it permanently.

It has been secured for the City of Salford’s LS Lowry collection, and is now hung at the gallery, where it will be free to view.

Going to the Match Credit: LS Lowry

The painting depicts crowds heading towards Burnden Park, the former home of Bolton Wanderers.

It will be open to the public from Friday 25 November.