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The Citizen Newspaper - Issue 39

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Discover Tameside's Heritage

Tameside has a long sporting heritage, and one which has spawned world champions and Olympians. Today, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton is the world's number-one light welterweight boxer and, for many, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

He hails from Hyde and, a century ago, that part of Tameside provided the world water polo champions in the shape of Hyde Seal Joey Nuttall, from Stalybridge, who was world amateur swimming champion in the 1880s.Picture of the Hyde Seals

Lillian Preece from Hyde swam for Great Britain in the 1948 London Olympics and Gillian Sheen from Ashton won gold in fencing at the Melbourne games of 1956.

Here, we look at a selection of Tameside's most famous sportsmen and women.

Simone Perrotta was the talk of Tameside during the summer. As he celebrated with his Italy team-mates after the penalties victory over France, he was also being applauded as Ashton's second World Cup winner, following in the footsteps of Sir Geoff Hurst.

Like the man who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 final, the AS Roma midfielder was also born at Tameside General Hospital and left the town as a youngster. Sir Geoff went to live in Chelmsford as an eight-year-old while Simone's parents returned to Italy when he was six.

But Tameside's World Cup links do not end with these two players. Alan Ball, another member of the England team which beat West Germany 4-2 that glorious July afternoon, played for Ashton United while Jimmy Armfield, who was a member of the 1966 squad came from Haughton Green.

Although Sir Geoff was born in Ashton, his family was from Denton. He lived on Cemetery Road and Ruby Street and attended St Lawrence's School. His father Charles was also an accomplished footballer and played for several sides including Hyde United. And for that reason Sir Geoff is senior vice-president of the Tigers.Sir Geoff Hurst on a visit to Tameside, and inset in his early days

Unfortunately, he makes little mention of Tameside in his autobiography, "1966 and All That", but Alan Ball looks back to his days at Hurst Cross in "Playing Extra Time". He played eight times for Ashton as a 15-year-old in 1959-60, when his father, Alan snr, was manager. Alan recalls: "There were some gnarled old professionals around and I remember a big left-back playing for Hyde United trying to kick me over the stand in a cup match.

It was a shock to the system when he growled: "If tha' comes near me lad I'll snap thee in half." It is believed the player in question was the tough-tackling Johnny Popland.

Jimmy Armfield, who spent his playing career at Blackpool, was regarded as one of the greatest right-backs in the world in his day but his international career was effectively ended when he broke his leg playing against Ipswich in 1964.

Up to that point he had captained England 15 times, including in the 1962 World Cup in Chile. After retirement he became manager of Bolton Wanderers, later switching to Leeds United. He took over after Brian Clough's 44-day reign and managed the side which lost to Bayern Munich in the final of the European Cup in 1975.

The family lived on Marina Avenue and Jimmy's father was manager of the Hyde Road Co-op for many years.

Stirling Moss is often referred to as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship. But that title could equally be claimed by a dentist from Chapel Hill, Dukinfield - Tony Brooks. However, while Moss is still remembered, Brooks has largely been forgotten.

Born in 1932, he was a quiet unassuming man, but from 1956 to 1960 he was a giant of motor racing and won six grands prix out of the 38 he entered, taking pole position four times. In 1959, driving a Ferrari, he finished second in the championship narrowly losing out to Australian driver Jack Brabham.

A religious man, Brooks retired soon after as he felt the sport was too dangerous. He commented: "I always felt that it was morally wrong to take unnecessary risks with one's life because I believe that life is a gift from God. I don't want to get theological about it, and thousands will disagree, but that's my view. I felt I had a moral responsibility to take reasonable care of my life."

However, Brooks was greatly respected by his rivals, and Stirling Moss has said that if he were running a grand prix team and could have any two drivers from history, they would be Jim Clark (world champion in 1963 and 65) and Tony Brooks.

He said: "I suppose that my choice of Tony would be a surprise to some people, but to my mind he is the greatest unknown racing driver there has ever been. I say unknown, because he's such a modest man that he never became a celebrity. But as a driver, he was top drawer."

Brooks retired to Weybridge in Surrey where he opened a thriving Fiat dealership.

Tameside's most famous rugby union player would have to be Eric Evans, an Aldwinians player who, in 1957, led England to their first grand slam since 1928 - a feat not repeated until Bill Beaumont's side managed it in 1980.

Born on Edge Lane, Droylsden, he took up rugby while attending Audenshaw Grammar School and in 1936-37, as a 16-year-old, played through Aldwinians' inaugural season. During the war he joined Sale, and in 1946-47 was elected a member of the Barbarians, captaining them four times.

After National Service, Evans qualified as a sports master and worked in that capacity at Openshaw Technical College. Later, he became an industrial relations officer for an oil company.

He retired from international rugby in 1958, aged 37, but carried on playing for Sale until 1963. He later served as a selector for Lancashire and England, having led Lancs to the county title in 1955. He died in 1991, aged 69.

Two Tamesiders have played cricket for England, although they managed only three Tests between them. Len Hopwood from Hyde played twice against Australia in 1934, and Norman "Buddy" Oldfield played against the West Indies in 1939.

Hopwood, a slow left-armer, has been described as one of the three best all-rounders Lancashire have had. He was born in Newton in 1903 and made his name with the powerful Lancashire side of the inter-war years but also played for Hyde, Stalybridge, Flowery Field and Denton St Lawrence. Playing for England, however, he had the misfortune to come up against Don Bradman when he was in his pomp.

Oldfield's appearance against the West Indies was in August, 1939, and he scored 80 and 19, making him the highest-scoring single-Test player in England's history. Pre-war he played for Lancashire and then moved to Northants.

He died in 1996, just before his 85th birthday. Hopwood died in 1985, aged 82.

CAB needs your help

Volunteering was being celebrated at Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau's AGM with a call for more volunteers. So it is up to Tameside people

The next time you need advice be aware that to enable the CAB to provide the advice you might need it is vital volunteers continue to come forward to train up.

Explained Annette Goodfellow: "CAB currently have 14 part time volunteer advisors but to satisfy the demand from almost 250,000 people in Tameside we need many more volunteers. So come on Tameside folk, you can do better!"

Interested people may wish to attend one of CAB's monthly ‘taster' sessions to find out more, ring: 331 2919.

Advisors deal with the full range of problems. Last year almost 30 per cent was benefit related with debt not far behind, with employment and housing the next highest areas. Almost six per cent of volunteer advisors' work is signposting and so advisors will refer to the most appropriate person.

There are also free surgeries held in the bureau, staffed by external agencies and solicitors with different surgeries covering family law, employment issues and immigration (although this has temporary ceased) and housing specialists. A new monthly bankruptcy/insolvency surgery has also just started.

Annette added: "Readers can find out about our special projects including two new advice projects, the Denton South CAB Advice Sessions and the Ashton St Peters Advice sessions, both hopefully starting in November."

For further details log onto The CAB website: www.citizenadvice.org.uk Link to External Website for CAB service details or www.adviceguide.org.uk Link to External Website for answers to your problems.

Football club get helping hand

A Hyde junior football club has netted funding, thanks to a donation by council members.

FC Hyde Athletic wrote to members from across the town asking for help to keep the various under 16 teams up and running.

Their letters was not only answered but club coach, Shaun Higgins and team captain and vice captain, Ali Cartwright and Sam Whittingslow, were invited into the Mayor's parlour to receive the cheque for £500 from councillors Cllrs Margaret Oldham and Peter Robinson and the Mayor Cllr Margaret Sidebottom.

Cllr Margaret Oldham said: "What Shaun and the club are trying to do with these lads is absolutely brilliant so obviously we are always going to do as much as possible to help them out. Without his and the rest of the staff's enthusiasm to keep the club going for the benefit of the community who knows what these lads would be getting up to if they had nowhere to go."

Let's talk about sex

Sex is no longer a taboo subject in Joann Garrod's household.

The mother-of-three, from Haughton Green, is one of 29 Tameside parents to have completed a Speakeasy course which offers guidance and encouragement for providing positive sex education in the home.

Joann 38, who has a 19-year-old daughter and sons aged eight and six, went on the course to find out more about how she should discuss sexual issues with her boys.

She said: "I felt more confident about providing sex education to my daughter when she was growing up as she is a girl and, also, I was younger and felt more up to date with subjects such as contraception.

"I didn't want to have to turn around to my boys and tell them to speak to their dad if they asked any questions so I thought the course would help me feel more prepared."

Joann was joined by other parents as well as nine trainers to receive national Speakeasy accreditation certificates at a ceremony attended by Tameside Mayor Cllr Margaret Sidebottom and Tameside Executive Director for Children and Young People's Services Ian Smith at Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne.

Gwynneth Johnson, Tameside Council's advisory teacher for sex and relationship education, said: "The Speakeasy course is high on the lifelong learning agenda here in Tameside and we are very proud of the achievements of our parents and trainers."

Anyone interested in running a Speakeasy course for parents can contact Gwynneth Johnson on 0161 342 5080.

Tameside Social Care and Health


Meals on Wheels

Your Co-ordinator will be in touch with you about the changes if you already have meals delivered. If would like more information about the Meals on Wheels Service, what it costs and how to arrange a delivery, please contact the Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator at Tameside Social Care and Health, Hyde Town Hall.

The office is open Monday to Wednesday 8.30 am until 5.00 pm Thursday 8.30 until 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am until 4.00pm. There is an answering machine at other times so please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as the office next opens.

Telephone 0161 342 2443; Fax 0161 342 3493; Textphone 0161 342 2415.

More choice and flexibility

Social Care and Health is looking at the Day Services it offers to adults with physical or sensory disabilities. This is happening because a big consultation with disabled people took place in 2004. People said they wanted more choice and flexibility in Day Services. The Government has also said that they want services that promote independence, well-being and choice.

We used the information from the 2004 consultation to put together a questionnaire which we sent out to over 900 disabled people and carers across Tameside. We were very careful to make sure that we asked people from all Tameside’s communities to have their say. We also made presentations to District Assemblies and had consultation forums that existing service users and their carers could attend.

Over the coming months we will write a report that brings all this information together and makes recommendations for future service delivery.

If you would like further information, please contact: Paul Clarke the Team Manager from Disability Services. Tel. 0161 342 3453.

New team 'Routes for Work'

Routes to Work support people with a spectrum of disabilities into employment and volunteering. Supported employment is a vital area in the road to removing barriers for individuals with disabilities seeking work. We also work directly with employers to enhance the desirability of disability employment and encourage the creation of a disability recruitment process and new job opportunities.

Routes to work are always interested in working in partnership with employers who are keen to experience the benefits a diverse workforce can bring. If you are an employer and would like to work with us please contact the team 0161 342 5200.

Information for older people

Do you want information on safe and reliable services aimed at older people for you or a loved one? Then look no further than the Choice Shop on Stamford Street in Ashton which provides information on residential and nursing homes, home care, shopping, equipment, cleaning, gardening and bathing services and much more. They also have information on local groups and leisure facilities for older people. Call the Shop today for more information (0161 339 5355) or drop in Mon to Sat between 10 and 2. We’ll be happy to help.

Caterers win major award

Picture of the award winners with Councillor Margaret SidebottomTameside Primary School Catering scooped a major award at the LACA (Local Authority Caterers Association) national conference.

The Nan Berger Memorial Award, sponsored by Pritchetts, was for the attainment of a Quality Standard.

Tameside's submission included examples of the benefits to Primary School Catering and the ways in which their approach has enhanced business and staff performance as a whole.

Service Unit Manager for Primary School Catering Barbara Hulme said: “The management team were delighted to receive this prestigious award, which has only been made possible through the efforts of every one of our catering staff.

"Congratulations to the entire team for bringing a national award to Tameside."

Building of the Year 2005

Picture of the Winners: Susan Knight, Sailbridge's Andrew and Mike Gregory and Rodney PicklesAshton-under-Lyne Civic Society has named Harper Mill on Mossley Road as its Building of the Year. The former spinning mill built in 1880 and badly damaged by fire about 6 years ago is now home to 48 luxury city-style apartments.

Susan Knight, Chairman of the Society, said “The society welcomes such a regeneration project that finds a new use for a building which was part of the town’s industrial past. We are also pleased that features of the original building have been retained and copied in the reconstruction. At night passers-by are drawn to the development by simple yet stunning floodlighting.”

The award was presented by Mr Rodney Pickles, the last managing director and member of the family which owned and ran the mill for around 80 years.

The developers were Sailbridge Developments and Construction of Oldham. The architects were Inside Out Design Associates Limited of Hollinwood. The award plaque was donated by Mockridge Labels, Ashton.

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