For­mer Cor­rie ac­tor de­fends vil­lage celebri­ties

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A FOR­MER Coro­na­tion Street ac­tor has blasted claims that celebri­ties and foot­ballers are turn­ing the leafy vil­lage of Prest­bury into a ghost town.

A na­tional news­pa­per re­ported that celebri­ties mov­ing into the vil­lage had pushed up prices but ‘never used’ the lo­cal busi­nesses, forc­ing busi­ness own­ers to ‘desert’ the vil­lage.

Char­lie Law­son, who played Jim Mac­don­ald in the soap and runs the Prest­bury Vil­lage Farm Shop, said: “We get sick of peo­ple print­ing rub­bish about Prest­bury.

“There are peo­ple in the vil­lage who don’t sup­port it but lump­ing ev­ery­thing on foot­ballers and celebri­ties is rub­bish.

“Golfer Wes Bryan is a reg­u­lar at my shop and Paddy Mc Guin­ness comes for break­fast.

“And Rob­bie Sav­age and Fred­die Flintoff are al­ways shop­ping in the Co-op and eat­ing in the In­dian res­tau­rant.”

Char­lie, who lives in Alder­ley Edge, also re­futed claims that Prest­bury was turn­ing into a ghost town, say­ing he un­der­stood two new restau­rants were about to open up and that a new re­tail out­let would re­place the re­cently closed Spirit of The An­des shop.

Arthur Dicken, chair­man of Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil, said blam­ing foot­ballers and celebri­ties for re­duced trade in the vil­lage was ‘rub­bish’.

He said: “There has been a de­clin­ing foot­fall in the shops but the Parish Coun­cil is not blam­ing foot­ballers or celebri­ties in any way for this. This is to­tally un­jus­ti­fied.

“In­ter­net sales and out-of-town shop­ping are the rea­sons for it and Prest­bury is no worse in this re­spect and a lot bet­ter than a lot of other towns and vil­lages.”

He added that friends and fam­ily of­ten re­ported see­ing Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney, and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Stephen Ire­land pa­tro­n­is­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and said that things were ‘look­ing up’ for the vil­lage in this re­gard.

He said: “We are work­ing hard on en­hanc­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of the vil­lage, both for tourists and lo­cals, and the de­cline in busi­ness is re­duc­ing.

“Prop­erty prices have al­ways been high be­cause peo­ple want to live here.

“We have a great school, a nice cen­tre and great links to the mo­tor­way.”

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