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IN Septem­ber, I have the great plea­sure of host­ing the Daily Mir­ror’s 17th an­nual Pride of Bri­tain Awards, spon­sored by Lidl, on ITV.

For me, it’s the only TV awards show that re­ally mat­ters be­cause the win­ners are real he­roes who put the Great into Bri­tain. It’s an hon­our to present Pride of Bri­tain each year and meet such ex­tra­or­di­nary, coura­geous and awe-in­spir­ing peo­ple.

So if you know an un­sung hero, I urge you to nom­i­nate them. Per­haps it’s some­one who works tire­lessly to im­prove your neigh­bour­hood, a ded­i­cated char­ity fundraiser or cam­paigner. It could be a coura­geous child or adult or an ex­em­plary teacher or care worker. Or a mem­ber of the emer­gency ser­vices or armed forces who have gone be­yond the call of duty.

To nom­i­nate them, please visit www. prideofbri­ or pick up a nom­i­na­tion form from a Lidl store or send de­tails to Daily Mir­ror’s Pride of Bri­tain Awards, PO Box 4014, Lon­don, E14 5BF. Please act quickly be­cause nom­i­na­tions must be re­ceived by mid­night on Fri­day Au­gust 7 to be con­sid­ered by our panel of judges.

I look for­ward to meet­ing the re­mark­able win­ners at Pride of Bri­tain 2015 at the Grosvenor House in Lon­don’s Park Lane in Septem­ber. Carol Vor­der­man


THE pro­posed clean­ing of Ryles Pool is very welcome. Con­cerns about its state have, how­ever, been go­ing on for many more than two years.

I lived more than 30 years in the house by the pool, and there was fre­quent con­cern in the lo­cal press and in the park about the poor con­di­tion of the wa­ter. When the Friends of South Park group was set up, ren­o­va­tion of the pool was a main ob­jec­tive, but at that time we were told there were no funds avail­able. The skate park was built, how­ever.

It is a pity that it has taken so long to get some ac­tion. Fish have died in large num­bers, and the pool in the hot weather is a health haz­ard, es­pe­cially at the ex­treme east end past the sluice. I know the al­gae well.

It is an ex­cel­lent sug­ges­tion that the silt should be made to build a cou­ple of new is­lands. A new is­land was made some 30 years back at the west end of the pool. New is­lands would give nest­ing birds safety. There is lit­tle other shel­ter on the banks.

Ev­ery­one will ben­e­fit from hav­ing a clean pool. Let us make up for 30 years of ne­glect. Sue Whitham Bryn­ton Close Mac­cles­field


I WAS sad­dened to read in your re­cent ar­ti­cle that Jake Hil­ton, 17, from Mac­cles­field, spent four days in a coma af­ter con­tract­ing pneu­mo­coc­cal menin­gi­tis.

We were touched that he ral­lied and af­ter 13 days of treat­ment, Jake could leave Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal.

We wish Jake and fam­ily the best for the fu­ture.

Menin­gi­tis Now is fight­ing back on all fronts by fund­ing re­search to erad­i­cate the dis­ease along­side sup­port­ing, those touched by menin­gi­tis, with life­long help and care.

We also dis­trib­ute a range of aware­ness ma­te­ri­als high­light­ing the com­mon symp­toms and need to act quickly, which can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

We have com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cers in the area, ready to help any­one touched by the dis­ease.

If any­one would like a free symp­toms in­for­ma­tion pack, in­clud­ing wal­let-sized symp­toms cards or sup­port, please call our freep­hone helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or visit www.Menin­gi­ Sue Davie Chief ex­ec­u­tive Menin­gi­tis Now WE all have our views on Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne’s re­cent bud­get. On one side of the house it will be hailed as a bud­get for our coun­try’s con­tin­ued growth, on the other side it will be den­i­grated, al­beit by an in­ef­fec­tual, and frag­mented op­po­si­tion.

It has just been re­ported by the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, that out­put in the econ­omy dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of this year was 2.6 per cent higher than the same pe­riod last year, which means that the econ­omy has now seen 10 quar­ters of sus­tained eco­nomic growth. There are signs that busi­nesses are fi­nally in­creas­ing in­vest­ment. Great… but what does that mean for Mac­cles­field, that is my main con­cern.

Within all this good news came the re­port that re­tail sales had un­ex­pect­edly dipped in June, but in Mac­cles­field, we have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in re­tail sales for quite some time and I know we all agree that it is about time this was ad­dressed. The newly re­formed Town Coun­cil, have a tough ask ahead of them, and be­ing chair­per­son of the coun­cil, I am fully aware of the many and var­ied is­sues that await us.

The re­gen­er­a­tion of Mac­cles­field town cen­tre is para­mount. We are join­ing forces with some very com­mit­ted peo­ple, all of whom are at the fore­front of this chal­leng­ing task. Hope­fully, to­gether, we can make a dif­fer­ence. We need your help, ideas and pa­tience, as any last­ing change will not come overnight, but we are mak­ing a start. We have wit­nessed, in these past few weeks, how peo­ple com­ing to­gether, al­beit through a trau­matic event, can make a dif­fer­ence.

I would like to add, on be­half of Mac­cles­field town, our thanks to the men and women of the emer­gency ser­vices who have worked tire­lessly and dili­gently in Bosley dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

●● Eric Slater sent us this pic­ture he cap­tured of his daily visi­tor. Email your im­ages to us at mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media. or upload them to our flickr page­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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