Former Friarmere player and local umpire Philip Bantam dies aged 61

FORMER Friarmere player and respected local umpire Philip Batham, who has died aged 61, was described as somebody who lived for cricket. Philip, remembered as…

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Tributes paid after death of community stalwart Stan Bowes

A COMMUNITY stalwart who helped charities and organisations around the world has died after contracting Covid-19. Stan Bowes, from Diggle, passed away aged 75 on…

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Saddleworth mourns ‘our Barrie’ – villagers turn out in large numbers to pay respects

Villagers turned out in large numbers today to pay their final respects to one of Saddleworth’s best loved characters. Barrie Ashley died of Covid-19 at…

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Saddleworth mourns sad death of ‘our Barrie’

TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Saddleworth’s best known and best loved characters, Barrie Ashley, who passed away on Thursday, April 16. Barrie, 67,…

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Tributes paid to former Saddleworth cricketer Ronnie Franklin

APART from being a fiercely competitive cricketer, Ronnie Franklin, who has died at the age of 74, was described as somebody who always played the…

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Local sporting ‘gentleman’ Eddie Bayliss dies after short illness

EDDIE Bayliss, a well-known and highly respected local sporting figure, has died aged 83 in a nursing home in Chadderton following a short illness. He…

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