Tributes in eventful year
THE Middleton in Bloom team unveiled a floral narrowboat feature at the Ship Inn in Slattocks.
The group built, painted and planted the flowers on the boat, which has been named Moonraker of Middleton, as chosen by residents.
More than 2,500 people descended on Limefields for MiddFest 2018.
The popular annual event, organised by Middleton Round Table, featured fun dog show ‘MuttFest’ for the first time.
The event was attended by a number of local charity groups and also featured a display by the Xtreme stunt team.
AN outdoor cinema screening had to be abandoned after bad weather caused a bar tent to fly over an 8ft fence.
Dozens of fans gathered at Heaton Park for a showing of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone but, with around an hour remaining of the film, the wind picked up a catering tent and sent it into the air, film-goers said.
The film stopped and staff said the event was cancelled due to ‘health and safety’ reasons.
Businesses backed the council’s plan to introduce Metrolink to the town.
Outlets from the shop- ping centre and nearby businesses said they support the proposal to create a new route from Middleton to the Bury to Manchester line.
The new line was set to include a new major park and ride scheme to alleviate commuter traffic travelling south into the city and serve the growing population of Middleton and its surrounding areas, seen as important future growth areas.
TRIBUTES were paid to a man thought to be the town’s last remaining D-Day veteran.
After a short battle with cancer, former serviceman and engineer Tom Gregory passed away at home he built with his wife, Lilian, 90, on Grimshaw Lane in Middleton on September 6, aged 94.
As a 20-year-old, Tom landed on Sword Beach as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Earlier in the war, Tom was a ‘roof spotter’ during the Manchester blitz in 1940 - manning an observation post on top of a factory to relay information about German aircraft - before joining the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1942.
One of the most important historic buildings in Middleton was re-opened at a special ceremony fol- lowing a £590,000 council and National Lottery revamp.
The renovation of Long Street Methodist School was the final and biggest project in the Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative, a £2.8m Rochdale council and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) scheme to restore a number of historically important buildings in Middleton.
The grade II*-listed building was transformed following the completion of the eight-month project and removed from the national ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.
TWO Hollywood actors dropped in at a hub in Middleton Shopping Centre to support its new project helping those struggling with debt.
Steve Coogan, who was born in Alkrington, visited the Lighthouse Project in Middleton Shopping Centre, of which he is a patron, and brought with him fellow actor Michael Sheen.
The pair both have a passion for tackling issues affecting poverty and debt in our communities.
The Lighthouse Project provides a hub for community work and offers social activities and interest groups to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Steve and Michael spent time speaking with some of the project’s regu- lar visitors, hearing their stories and struggles, and even posed for pictures.
Broadcaster Prof Brian Cox launched a new craft beer, Cosmic Brew.
Working with Middleton brewery JW Lees, Prof Cox launched the ale at the Horton Arms in Chadderton and was joined by Middleton MP Liz McInnes.
Between broadcasting and lecturing commitments, Prof Cox, with the help of head brewer Michael Lees-Jones, has experimented with several different brews to produce Cosmic Brew.
VOLUNTEERS planted 400 trees at a Middleton nature reserve.
Staff from the Middleton branch of global business services company Concentrix gave up their time to help plant new saplings at Wince Brook Nature Reserve, which runs along the Wince Brook, a tributary of the River Irk.
The initiative was arranged in conjunction with Rochdale council and City of Trees, a project aiming to transform underused woodland areas by planting a trees.
A parade made its way through the town, from Long Street to Middleton Garden of Remembrance and the cenotaph, on Remembrance Sunday, led by Middleton Band.
The crew of HMS Middleton provided a guard of honour and a service was held, led by Fr Phillip Miler from All Saints and Martyrs Church in Langley and attended by representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, war veterans, civic dignitaries, local councillors, uniformed groups and hundreds of residents, who turned out despite the rain to honour those who lost their lives. Neil Taylor, of Marquess Way, Rhodes, and his wife Alex, 26, met scientists at the Brain Tumour Research charity’s Research Centre of Excellence at Imperial College, London.
Their visit followed the launch of Neil’s Appeal, their fundraising group under the umbrella of Brain Tumour Research.
A free Christmasthemed tea party was held at Whitemoss Youth and Community Centre.
The choir from Co-op Academy North Manchester sang Christmas songs and there was festive fun including bingo to fundraise for the centre, on Southdown Crescent, Blackley.
The event entertained 50 senior citizens from the Charlestown area.
Middleton Remembrance Day 2018
Concentrix staff who helped plant 400 trees in a Middleton nature reserve
Prof Brian Cox and Heywood and Middleton MP Liz McInnes at the launch of Middleton brewery JW Lees’ Cosmic Brew at the Horton Arms
Neil and Alex Taylor, from Middleton, placing tiles at the Brain Tumour Research Wall of Hope
D-Day survivor Tom Gregory passed away
Steve Coogan, far left, and Michael Sheen, third from right, with the Lighthouse Project staff team Pam Semp, Carl Roach, Cath Stott and Dave Melia
Businesses backed the council’s plan to introduce Metrolink to the town