ANDY McConville landed his dream job and owed it all to the fact he used to be a cannabis farmer.
The 34-year-old horticultural specialist spent a decade growing weed for his own use at home.
But it was only when he suffered a mental health crisis about three years ago that he realised he could put his green fingers to better use. Andy, of Spotland, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and as part of his treatment went to see a psychiatrist.
But after completing a horticulture course at Hopwood Hall College he works at Todmorden Incredible Aqua Garden a state-of-the-art hydroponics, aquaponics and permaculture garden centre. HUNDREDS of runners pounded the streets and footpaths for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
The event, in its third year, was hailed another success after almost 1,000 runners took part, cheered on by hundreds of spectators lining the routes.
All of the races started and ended at the town hall and set out on new traffic-free courses taking in the town and some of the borough’s best countryside scenes.
COMEDIAN Jenny Eclair, crime writer Mandasue Heller and visual artist Jessica Rankin were among the stars who appeared at the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Nearly 40 shows were put on over the duration of the annual festival, featuring drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word and visual arts.
of runners of all ages pounded the streets of the town to make the year’s Rochdale Half Marathon another big success
Tony Walsh and crime writer Mandasue Heller were among the stars of the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival