Year of fundrais­ing, hon­ours, run­ners and even su­per­heroes

Stockport Express - - Review Of 2018 -

●●HERE is the sec­ond part of our re­view of 2018:

JULY

BROTH­ERLY love was put to one side as twins pre­pared to do bat­tle in the box­ing ring.

Rod and David McInnes, from Bridge­hall and Edge­ley re­spec­tively, were set to go head to head at the White Col­lar Fighter event at Bowler’s in Traf­ford Park

Af­ter years of ar­gu­ing who was the bet­ter man, the pair, aged 33, were ready to find out once and for all – in front of their mum Mandy and six broth­ers and two sis­ters.

An an­i­mal-lover and pas­sion­ate ve­gan cy­cled from Stock­port to Scot­land to raise money for vet­eri­nary char­ity PDSA.

Chris Green­bank, aged 32, who works at The Al­lot­ment Ve­gan Restau­rant on Ver­non Street, ped­alled 300 miles dur­ing the swel­ter­ing heat­wave to raise funds and aware­ness.

He fin­ished his chal­lenge at Scot­land’s first ve­gan fes­ti­val, V in the Park, near New­ton Ste­wart, af­ter four days of cy­cling.

A team from Stock­port Homes Group trekked up Scafell Pike to raise money for their Char­ity of the Year, Reuben’s Re­treat.

The self-ti­tled Reuben’s Trekkers set off in the early hours of July 21 to climb 3,209 feet to the sum­mit of Eng­land’s high­est moun­tain.

The group’s main fundrais­ing event for 2018, the climb raised nearly £4,000 for the char­ity founded in mem­ory of Reuben Michael Gra­ham, who died at the age of 23 months.

AU­GUST

THE Le­gion d’Hon­neur – France’s high­est award for courage – was awarded to the fam­ily of a Sec­ond World War vet­eran.

Fran­cis Scott, from Heaton Mersey, was awarded the Le­gion d’Hon­neur for his ser­vice in the Royal Navy, clear­ing mines dur­ing the Sec­ond World War in the lead up to D-Day.

The French au­thor­i­ties sent Mr Scott’s medal to him in May 2017, but he passed away at the age of 92 be­fore re­ceiv­ing it and it was lost in the post.

Stock­port MP Ann Cof­fey made en­quiries for the fam­ily and it was reis­sued to the Scott broth­ers.

The Friends of Stock­port Ceme­ter­ies in­vited the mayor and may­oress of Stock­port to help them cel­e­brate their 15th an­niver­sary.

To mark 15 years of work­ing to­gether, they held a gar­den party in Bramhall on Sun­day, Au­gust 5.

The group formed in Au­gust 2003 and over the years raised thou­sands of pounds to im­prove Stock­port’s ceme­ter­ies.

A mini ‘twister’ was spot­ted swirling around the skies of Stock­port.

The tor­nado-like cloud formed above Poyn­ton and Bolling­ton, how­ever the Met Of­fice only de­fine a cloud as a tor­nado if it touches the ground.

It is pos­si­ble the sight was a fun­nel cloud, which is the same as a tor­nado – it just doesn’t reach the earth.

SEPTEM­BER

MORE than 850 run­ners pounded the pave­ments through the cen­tre of the town for the Big Stock­port Run.

First held in 2012 as an Olympic legacy event, the run had more than dou­bled in size, in­clud­ing a 10-kilo­me­tre race and a fam­ily fun run.

Run­ners came dressed as Poké­mon char­ac­ter Pikachu, su­per­heroes, uni­corns and even ba­nanas.

A stunned Claire Foy fought back the tears as she won her first Emmy Award for her role on The Crown.

The Stock­port-born star gave an emo­tional ac­cep­tance speech af­ter scoop­ing the lead ac­tress in a drama se­ries prize dur­ing the Los An­ge­les cer­e­mony.

Stock­port’s NHS wheel­chair cen­tre was giv­ing wheel­chair users spe­cial ‘driv­ing cour­ses’ to help them drive their

chairs smoothly and safer.

The pow­ered wheel­chair course was the only one of its kind from the NHS in the north west and one of the first in the coun­try.

OC­TO­BER

A PAIR of hus­band and wife paramedics starred in an award-win­ning BBC doc­u­men­tary.

An­drea and Glynn Hardy saved lives side-by-side on cam­era with the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice as part of the show, Am­bu­lance.

More than 350 peo­ple at­tended the sev­enth Stock­port Busi­ness Awards at the town hall.

The black tie din­ner, hosted by tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Jenny Pow­ell, cel­e­brated the suc­cess and achieve­ments of the area’s finest.

More than £4,000 was raised for char­ity part­ner Sign­post Stock­port for Car­ers through a raf­fle.

A trio of brave Stock­port re­tirees were also rais­ing money for char­ity – by strip­ping off.

Chris Law­ton, of Blythe Av­enue, aged 59, 61-yearold Marie Ho­gan, of Broad­stone Road, and great grand­mother Vera Jones, of Brack­ley Road, aged 75, were part of a group of women who cre­ated a Cal­en­dar Girls-style char­ity cal­en­dar for Breast Can­cer Care.

The women posed nude in the kitchen, by the fire and even be­hind the wheel of a trac­tor, with ev­ery­thing from knit­ting to wine glasses cov­er­ing their dig­nity and raised £4,000 in re­sale or­ders alone.

NOVEM­BER

THE award-win­ning writer and star of Early Doors, Phil Mealey, switched on the Christ­mas tree lights at Foodie Fri­day in Stock­port Mar­ket Place.

The ac­tor, who had com­pleted a sell-out tour of Early Doors live – a theatre ver­sion of the com­edy sit­com set in the town – switched on the il­lu­mi­na­tions a 7pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

The event, part of the town’s street food fes­ti­val help in the last Fri­day of ev­ery month, will also fea­ture Den Toad from Stock­port Plaza, mem­bers of the pan­tomime cast, young Heatons band Derailer and a host of lo­cal per­form­ers, from ladies cor­ner­shop har­mony choir Crys­tal Chords to The Tall Faces, play­ing 1960s mod cov­ers.

Re­drock Stock­port ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions as it turned one year old.

More than 750,000 peo­ple had vis­ited the leisure com­plex in the past 12 months to watch a film, en­joy a meal or work out – more than dou­ble the num­ber pre­dicted.

A team of fit­ness fa­nat­ics trans­formed them­selves into su­per­hero char­ac­ters to wel­come guests into their new womenonly gym.

The new fa­cil­ity, Hero Fit­ness, on Heaton Lane, Stock­port, al­lowed en­try to men when ac­com­pa­nied by an in-house trainer.

Staff dressed up as Mar­vel Comics char­ac­ters Spi­der­man, iron Man, Wolver­ine and Cap­tain Amer­ica, and ri­val DC Comics’ Won­der Woman and Har­ley Quinn to launch the new gym.

DE­CEM­BER

IN De­cem­ber, four peo­ple from Stock­port who had been af­fected by the neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS), starred in a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion.

The MS Con­nec­tion aimed to high­light the im­pact of lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion on peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

It fea­tured 19 peo­ple from across the UK – all af­fected by MS – in­clud­ing Soo Lyon-Milne, aged 53, who has sec­ondary pro­gres­sive MS, her son Char­lie and part­ner Dave Var­ley, of Oak Road, Chea­dle, and MS So­ci­ety group co-or­di­na­tor Richard Boned, aged 58, who was di­ag­nosed with MS when he was 15.

In ST George’s Church in Heav­i­ley, the 12th an­nual Christ­mas tree fes­ti­val was held. There were more than 90 trees in to­tal – the largest so far – and thou­sands of peo­ple vis­ited.

●●Stock­port Homes Group staff pre­par­ing to trek up Scafell Pike

●●Alan Scott, MP Ann Cof­fey, and Steven Scott

●●10k run­ners cross­ing thnish line at St Peters­gate Stock­port

●●The Car­a­van Girls pos­ing for their cal­en­dar

●●Hero Fit­ness staff as su­per­heroes

●●St George’s Tree Fes­ti­val

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