Christ­mas car­ols and spe­cial gifts

Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP -

IN our weekly Time-Trip fea­ture, we take a look back at events hap­pen­ing in Rochdale in years gone by.

Each week we will show­case a se­lec­tion of pic­tures taken by Rochdale Observer pho­tog­ra­phers.

This month we re­mem­ber Rochdale’s fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions over the years.

Our first pic­ture of the week (above) is a shot of the United Co-op Band en­ter­tain­ing the crowds with Christ­mas songs at Mil­nrow Me­mo­rial Park in 2004.

Next (right) we have Stephen Davies, 12, of the Uni­corns of Sky­light Cir­cus amazed by the Lanterns at the Rochdale Town Cen­tre Christ­mas light switch on in 2005.

Our bot­tom right pic­ture, from 2011, is of the carol singers from churches across the north of Rochdale who came to­gether at Cut­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre to cel­e­brate Christ­mas.

They were led by Pas­tor Brian Drury, minister at Cut­gate Bap­tist Church, who in­vited the group back to the church for a warm bev­er­age af­ter the ser­vice.

The carol singers raised £75 for Springhill Hospice.

Our fi­nal pic­ture (be­low) shows some of the Christ­mas ham­pers do­nated to Spring Hill Hospice cour­tesy of the lo­cal Freema­sons and Marks and Spencer staff back in 2011.

Pic­tured are (back row from left) Carol O’Brien and Lynne McOwen, nurs­ing staff; Peter He­witt, chair­man of Rochdale Freema­sons and Ken Davis (front row from left) De­bra Johnson; Me­gan Hargreaves and Sue Hal­lam, Marks & Spencer’s staff mem­bers; Sis­ter Pat Hard­ing and Bernard Percy, Rochdale Ma­sonic So­cial Club sec­re­tary.

If you have pic­tures that you would like us to fea­ture, send them to com­mu­ni­[email protected] me­ or sub­mit them via the Rochdale Observer Face­book page.

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