Trail was not ‘waste­land’

Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

I’D like to cor­rect the im­pres­sion given in a re­cent ar­ti­cle (Walk­ing Trail Emerges from Waste­land – Ob­server 8th September).

The land in ques­tion was nei­ther waste­land nor was it ‘do­nated’ by Rochdale Coun­cil.

At one time it was the play­ing field of the now de­mol­ished Innes Cen­tre on Ings Lane.

It has been fairly well main­tained over the last few years.

The land was only pro­vided after a rul­ing by the Char­ity Com­mis­sion, which ef­fec­tively or­dered the Coun­cil to com­pen­sate the pub­lic for land taken at Lenny Barn play­ing fields, in the 60s and 70s.

This only hap­pened after much hard work by my­self.

If I had not acted at the time, this open space land would now have been built on.

But it re­mains a pub­lic field, pro­tected un­der char­i­ta­ble law for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to use and en­joy.

How­ever, leav­ing all that aside, it is won­der­ful to see it be­ing put to good use – es­pe­cially with the in­volve­ment of lo­cal chil­dren. Carl Faulkner Roo­ley Moor Road

LOOK­ING FOR OLD NAVAL PAL

I AM try­ing to trace an old naval col­league on be­half of my­self and an­other col­league in Derby. We served to­gether on HMS RHYL from 1972 to 1974.

This has worked on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions – once in Aus­tralia and also for my col­league in Derby.

As we are all ap­proach­ing our 70s it would be nice to be able to try again.

We served in the Far East and Mediter­ranean to­gether.

We are seek­ing a per­son known to us as ‘Spike’ Mil­li­gan who hailed from the Rochdale area.

Sadly we can­not re­call his first name as he was al­ways known as ‘Spike’.

We had a camp­ing rest and re­cu­per­a­tion trip to the Is­land of Gozo to­gether, after cov­er­ing the in­va­sion of Cyprus by the Turks in 1974.

I have also traced two fur­ther col­leagues who ac­com­pa­nied us on this ex­pe­di­tion.

One now lives in Lon­don and the other slightly fur­ther away in Florida USA!!

Your help would be very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

On Be­half of my­self Rob (Sharky) Ward and Mick (Polly) Perkins I would ask you to con­tact me if you think that you could as­sist us.

My email is old­bus­bob@hot­mail. com and tel 07778 434 866

●●Vol­un­teers help plant flow­ers along the route of a new walk­ing trail near Spot­land li­brary

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