Greenfield mill tragedy fireman to be honoured with a red plaque?

A FIREMAN killed tackling a major blaze at a Saddleworth mill could be honoured 66 years after he lost his life. Wilfred Nelson, a 41-year-old…

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Life lived to the full – Peter Bryant remembered

WHEN David Clark says of his godfather Peter Bryant he “lived a full life” he isn’t wrong. There’s little the Saddleworth businessman, entrepreneur, inventor, arts…

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They took the plunge: Saddleworth’s history of open water swimming

THE Independent’s exclusive story in our January 2021 paper revealing the aims of outdoor swimming enthusiasts Katy Boulton and Erica Ryan to open Saddleworth’s first…

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Grotton: a brief history (featuring a tunnel, a big pub and a lido)

By John Kirkbride The old days LIKE the rest of Saddleworth, Grotton was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1972 when the Government…

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Shuttle service! Dobcross Looms have place in the sun with weaver Paul

A RELIC from Saddleworth’s textile manufacturing past is still weaving high quality cloth more than a century after it was built in Diggle. A 115-year-old…

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Seven decades not out: Mike Dunkerley celebrates cricket career

NOTHING appeared extraordinary when Mike Dunkerley recently turned out to play for Greenfield Cricket Club’s newly formed fourth team against Whalley Range. Grasscroft-based Mike, however,…

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Station to station – A brief (and slightly irreverent) history of Delph Station

By John Kirkbride IN the mid-1960s when my family and I first moved to Saddleworth (or in my mother’s case back to Saddleworth), I remember…

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