Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington

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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

We Shine Brighter Together

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

“We shine brighter together”. It’s a true statement at all times, but at this time of year it takes on a special significance in Tameside as we begin our programme of Christmas events. Last Saturday saw the festivities kick off in Stalybridge and Droylsden, as their respective town squares played host to light switch ons and a variety of food, drink and entertainment. There was an added poignancy to the event in Droylsden, as a plaque was set up honouring my predecessor, Kieran Quinn, who sadly passed away last Christmas.

The show continues this weekend, as Dukinfield, Micklehurst, Ashton and Mossley hold their own celebrations. This will be followed by Hattersley, Hollingworth and Hyde on the first weekend of December. The highlight, as it always is every year, will be the famous Tameside Lantern Parade. This year it will take place in Denton on 8th December, taking a route through Victoria Park and providing the star attraction of a weekend of activities being held on the Civic Square. Schools, community groups and residents across Tameside are already hard at work with professional artists to create the gorgeous sculptures and costumes that will form the centrepieces of the event.

If that wasn’t enough, our Markets will be getting in on the action as well. On 24th November Ashton Market will be the epicentre of a spectacular town centre-wide event, featuring festive community stalls, family activities including a “12 Days of Christmas” treasure hunt and a dazzling display of lights and decorations. Every weekend afterwards, all the way up to the last weekend before Christmas Day itself, Ashton and Hyde markets will be putting on their own festive markets and special events. There are even rumours going round that Santa himself will be making an appearance.

As always, none of our Christmas events would be possible without the efforts and contributions of our communities and businesses. That includes our town teams who have used their knowledge and expertise to craft events that fit the tastes of their local area. It includes internationally-renowned arts organisation Global Grooves, who are based in Mossley and have worked closely with the Council’s Cultural Services on a Lantern Parade that reflects Denton’s unique history and heritage. Finally, and most importantly it all, it includes our residents who year-after-year show their support for our Christmas events and create the atmosphere that helps make them such a highlight on the borough’s cultural calendar.

Christmas is also a time where we should keep in mind those less fortunate than ourselves. In that spirit, the council is helping to co-ordinate donations for foodbanks and the annual Tameside 4 Good toy appeal. I stand by my belief that the existence of food banks in a country as rich as Britain is a scandal that should shame us all, but the sad fact is that many in Tameside and elsewhere now rely on them for basic necessities. We intend to make sure that no family in Tameside goes without a good meal and a present on Christmas Day, and we need your help to do it. Foodbank contributions can be dropped in to any library in Tameside before 30th November (although we can obviously accept donations after that date, we won’t be able to include them as part of the Christmas appeal) and we’ll be accepting toy donations for the Tameside 4 Good appeal up until 10th December. For more information on what we’re looking for in both appeals please visit the council’s website here.

So as we enter into the final weeks of 2018, let’s remember that the true strength in Tameside has always been, and always will be, the shared power of our communities. If we come together I truly believe we can use that power to make sure that Tameside’s Christmas is a time of joy and merriment for all.

 

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