Please be seated: Bridleway benches to be spring cleaned for Lena and Sarah

TWO much-loved former Greenfield residents have been remembered thanks to Independent readers.

And efforts remain on going to refurbish a couple of named memorial benches on the Pennine Bridleway.

The seats are in scenic locations on the well-used footpath between the village and Friezland horse area but are in need of a touch of TLC.

In our April edition, we asked for information about the ladies for whom the benches were installed, Lena Burton and Sarah Jolly.

And it wasn’t long before we knew a little more about their lives. Andrea Lomas told us: “Lena lived on Ladhill Lane until her death at the age of 103. 

“She would walk her little dog Sadie several times a day down towards the bridle path. She never went out without a smart coat and hat on. A proper lady.”

Trevor Harrison recalled: “Lena was a Greenfield resident who I believe lived all her life in the village.

“She was a very active lady even after her 100th birthday. She was well known for walking around Greenfield and quite probably walked on the bridle path where the form is situated. 

“She died, probably about 20 years ago now. Lena was the mother of Leslie Burton who was a well-known local cricketer playing for Greenfield CC.”

Geoff Hope added: “One of Lena’s favourite walks was along the Linear Park from the village towards Mossley.  

“This came to the attention of the Rotary Club  who decided to honour Lena and both provide and install a bench at a favourite spot where Lena would enjoy the view.

“This was installed to commemorate Lena’s 100th birthday.”

David McNeeney wrote: “Mrs Burton lived on Ladhill Lane and ran a haberdashery shop in Greenfield village, before she retired.

“Mrs Jolly had a menswear and riding wear shop in the centre of Oldham and lived on left-hand side of the A635 two houses back from Horsforth Lane.”

It is hoped Greenfield based Men in Sheds community group, working with Oldham Council, can restore the benches to their former glories this summer.

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