Top of the form: New Uppermill bench project comes to fruition

A NEW bench with a familiar look is providing a welcome resting spot for visitors to booming Uppermill.

Under the watchful gaze of Saddleworth dialect poet Ammon Wrigley, the distinctive double seat is a replica of a bench first unveiled in 1974.

The ravages of time and Saddleworth’s unpredictable weather had taken its toll on the previous wooden seat with a view of Wade Lock, Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Saddleworth Museum.

So Saddleworth Civic Trust provided the funds and teamed up with Greenfield based, Men in Sheds (MiS), to replace the old, rotten timber structure.

MiS regular Peter Barber from Denshaw was the driving force behind the work together with MiS project co-ordinator Dave Freear.

The fruits of their labour are now available for everyone to see and enjoy after its recent unveiling.

Civic Trust’s presentation of the bench, made by John Whitehead, to Cllr Derek Seville, Chairman of Parish Council. By Ammon Wrigley’s statue, Uppermill, Saddleworth in June 1974.

Men in Sheds, who work out of Waterside Mills, is run by Age UK Oldham and aims to combat isolation among men over 55. To find out more about the group contact Dave Freear: 0161 682 4747.

The old bench was designed and built by John Whitehead and presented to Saddleworth Parish Council.

Men in Sheds’ volunteer Peter paid tribute to Dave Freear from his charity.

He said: “Had it not been for Dave’s support, I would probably would not have made it.

“He is magic. I made the bench with a lot of support and dedication from Dave.”

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