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●● HIS­TORIC items from Mac­cles­field’s renowned Egyp­tian col­lec­tion will no longer to be put on show be­cause of fail­ing con­di­tions at West Park mu­seum (web­site and Ex­press, March 23) Dorothy Ward: This lit­tle mu­seum is fan­tas­tic, the ex­hibits are won­der­ful. Well worth a visit and def­i­nitely hope it is given the re­pairs its in need of. Stephanie Nield: I’m a fan of this mu­seum, more for the Tu­ni­cliffe items they have than the Egyp­tian col­lec­tion or the build­ing (as beau­ti­ful as it is). Open­ing hours are odd there and they have Tu­ni­cliffe paint­ings, art­work and ar­chives which are not be­ing lauded or in­vested in. Yes get the stor­age con­di­tions right but also in­vest in what you al­ready have. Mac­cles­field his­tory is about so much more than the silk mill and Brock­le­hurst’s Egyp­tian pur­chases. Les­ley Anne Bax­en­dale: That’s true, but this par­tic­u­lar mu­seum was paid for by a Brock­le­hurst for the ben­e­fit of the town, so re­gard­less of its col­lec­tions, it’s very much linked to the silk in­dus­try in Mac­cles­field. Steve Cot­tri­all: Oh no! My wife re­mem­bers vis­it­ing it in the early 1960s when she worked at the In­fir­mary and West Park. Is the bear still there? This mu­seum is what got her so in­ter­ested in Egyp­tol­ogy. Hope fund­ing can be found. Les­ley Anne Bax­en­dale: This lit­tle mu­seum has been over­looked and ne­glected for far too long. It forms an im­por­tant part of the silk his­tory of the town. It could be made into a real as­set if the will was there in the coun­cil to do some­thing about it. Mag­gie Ed­wards: Bril­liant mu­seum, taken many school chil­dren here over the years. The staff are fan­tas­tic and the chil­dren thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves. Dan Chaloner: I went in a few weeks ago and must say that the ex­hibits re­ally need some tlc. The Tun­ni­cliffe and other art­works are in a bad way. How­ever they aren’t be­yond sav­ing. In­stead of an­other Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil white ele­phant, in­vest the money in the con­ser­va­tion of what we al­ready have. Sharon Lyon: I grew up in Mac­cles­field and al­ways vis­ited the mu­seum, please get things sorted and don’t let it get closed down, it’s a part of Macc. Ali­son Mel­lor: It’s a very spe­cial place. The good peo­ple of Mac­cles­field must look af­ter this mu­seum. Liz Cook: It’s a lovely mu­seum and a beau­ti­ful build­ing. Hope it gets sorted. Vince Wright: Chil­dren’s cen­tres fac­ing clo­sure, half­way house be­ing shut.. cuts cuts cuts.... The Tory way. Get MP David Rut­ley to com­ment. Ge­orgina Moore: Hope­fully the fund­ing will be found. Too many of our her­itage build­ings have been lost over the years. Take my grand­chil­dren there and they find it re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Martin Smith: If there’s a damp prob­lem why spend money pain­ing the iron­work? Surely the pri­or­ity should be the is­sue at hand. Pete Lake: It’s a beau­ti­ful build­ing, hope­fully it can all be sorted out. Leah Ward: My kids love it there when it’s open, strange open­ing times. Hope it gets the money it needs for ren­o­va­tions. Sharyn Wraight: My daugh­ter loved it here, it would be a shame to see it go. ●● WE asked if life could be found in Mac­cles­field af­ter a part of Mars was named af­ter the town (web­site and Ex­press, March 23)

An­nette Dea­con Jones Thain: I know there is life in Mac­cles­field Ha Ha. David Heath­cote: No life, the lights are on but there’s no­body home Gra­ham Gal­ley: There’s plenty of pond life! Nigel Harper: Ac­cord­ing to tax­on­omy, they are king­doms!? Jen Banks: Prob­a­bly not in­tel­li­gent life! ●● GRACE Stock­dale, from Mac­cles­field, was in­vited to the cob­bles to in­ter­view ac­tor Liam Bairstow as part of Down’s Syn­drome Aware­ness Week (web­site and Ex­press, March 23) Bar­rie Richards: Well done Grace, I’m very proud of you and your achieve­ments. Elaine Les­ley: Well done Grace! Very fond mem­o­ries of you at Ju­nior Blues! X Kather­ine Mary: Go Grace! Fab­u­lous to see you’re do­ing so well. Kx Lean­neMarie Lake: Well done Grace xxx

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