NOMINATE AN UNSUNG HERO
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. prideofbritain.com 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
POOL CLEAN IS BRILLIANT NEWS
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
GREAT TO SEE JAKE RECOVER
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.MeningitisNow.org. 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. co.uk or upload them to our flickr page www.flickr.com/groups/maccpics. We’ll print the best ones