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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

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TV presenter says he hopes ‘funding can be found’ for Uppermill Civic Hall clock restoration work

John Stapleton – keen to see clock restored

EXCLUSIVE – Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Popular TV presenter and journalist, John Stapleton, has told Saddleworth News he hopes “funding can be found” to restore a clock on one of Saddleworth’s most iconic buildings.

The clock, on the front of the Civic Hall in Uppermill, was recently repaired but the clock face itself and the surrounding structure couldn’t be refurbished due to a lack of budget.

The paint on the hands […]

George Costigan gives his thoughts on play coming to The Swan in Dobcross

Rita Sue and Bob Too – George Costigan (centre) with Michelle Holmes (left) and Saddleworth’s Siobhan Finneran (right)

George Costigan, star of ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’ and ‘Happy Valley’, gives his thoughts on ‘The Box of Tricks’, a play coming to The Swan in Dobcross on 25 November.

George has appeared in a host of well-loved TV shows including ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Happy Valley’. He rose to fame in 1986 with ‘Rita, Sue and Bob […]

Saddleworth couples needed for Channel 4 series

Show guests

Channel 4 are looking for couples to take part in the popular ‘Come Dine With Me’ TV series.

Saddleworth News was contacted by ITV to help find local couples willing to take part in the show.

Three Couples will each host a dinner party over three nights. They each score each other over the three nights and the couple with the best score on the final night wins £1000!

They are filming the week commencing 3 August […]

Jordan is counting on winning a teapot!

Jordan Baker (right) with Rachel Riley the Countdown mathematician

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth News reader is counting down the days to his first appearance on a well known television quiz show.

Jordan Baker, 19, who lives in Mossley, recorded his first session on the popular television show Countdown last week. The show involves word and number puzzles and is recorded at the ITV studios in Media City, Salford.

Jordan who is a student at Leeds Trinity University says […]

Television presenter returns to his Saddleworth roots

John Stapleton

TV presenter and broadcaster John Stapleton returned to Saddleworth recently to take part in a television programme about his life.

John, 67, was born in Oldham and was a pupil at Diggle Junior school, he currently presents on ITV’s ‘Daybreak’ show and the homecoming feature for the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ was broadcast a few weeks ago.

He started his career in local and national newspapers, including the Oldham Chronicle, and worked as a reporter and presenter […]

Delph Baker Makes National TV Appearance

(picture: Sophie Finnigan)

A Delph woman appeared on ITV1’s This Morning recently, as she reached the latter stages of its national baking competition. Sophie Finnigan appeared on the programme earlier this month, after she was recorded in both Manchester and London in August.

She’s been kind enough to write a few words about the experience for Saddleworth News, so it’s over to her!

I HAVE BAKED for years. I’m from a long line of bakers – my great grandmother […]