Rochdale Observer - - A LOOK BACK AT 2017 -

COM­MU­NI­TIES and cul­tures came to­gether at a fam­ily fun day.

Hun­dreds of par­ents and chil­dren vis­ited the event in Stoney­field Park in Deeplish which or­gan­is­ers dubbed ‘Unity in the Com­mu­nity’.

DOZENS of dogs were the stars of the show at War­dle Vil­lage Fete.

A to­tal of 120 en­tries were re­ceived for the fete’s fun dog show, which in­cluded cat­e­gories such as wag­gi­est tail, best smile and best fancy dress.

All money raised from the dog show went to PAWS - Pen­nine An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety.

THE Pi­o­neers Mu­seum went batty in its fight against a moth epi­demic.

The Toad Lane mu­seum hoped to at­tract a colony of bats to eat the in­sects which were dam­ag­ing its tex­tiles col­lec­tion.

Bosses at the mu­seum, which cel­e­brates the his­tory of the co-operative move­ment, said they have seen an ‘ex­plo­sion in the num­bers of tex­tile at­tack­ing moths’ in re­cent months.

Hirst (left) and Liz McIvor from the Rochdale Pi­o­neers Mu­seum with one of 20 bat boxes they have bought to try and com­bat an ex­plo­sion in moths eat­ing tex­tile col­lec­tions

So they have bought 20 bat boxes - dubbed B.O.B. ‘bird or bat’ boxes - which will be put up around the area in a bid to en­cour­age bats to move in - and then eat the moths.

A WARE­HOUSE worker was crowned the World’s Strong­est Dis­abled Man.

Greg Bramwell saw off com­peti­tors from across the globe to take the ti­tle at Lon­don’s Olympic Park

The 31-year-old, from Cron­keyshaw, came out on top af­ter com­pet­ing in five gru­elling events, in­clud­ing a van pull and the fear­some At­las stones.

Greg, a fa­ther-of-one, who was born with a hered­i­tary spinal con­di­tion which means his mobility is lim­ited, said that the vic­tory was the re­al­i­sa­tion of a life-long dream.

at­tended a fun day held at Stoney­field Park

Wright with first place New­found­land Claude at War­dle vil­lage fete and dog show Bramwell was crowned Bri­tain’s Strong­est Dis­abled Man

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