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Former Hooligan Heads To Saddleworth

Picture: Eddy Brimson.

Off The Rails Comedy Club, Saddleworth’s monthly night of comedy returns on Sunday 30th September. And ‘off the rails’ is something the headline act certainly was during the 90’s!

To say East Ender Eddy Brimson has a colourful past is something of an understatement. A self-confessed former football hooligan before turning his hands to better use as a writer and comedian, Eddy has written a host of amusing anecdotal books, penned and hosted a top three […]

Stonehenge art installation is to visit Oldham

A huge inflatable scale-model of Stonehenge is to come to Alexandra Park this Friday, as part of the London 2012 Festival

The interactive work of art – titled ‘Sacrilege’ – is a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on, by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.

It has a diameter of around 35 meters and can hold 150 people at one time.

The visit to Oldham is seen as a great privilege given the few visits that […]

CCTV released after cycle theft at Greenfield station

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British Transport Police officers, investigating the theft of a bike from Greenfield rail station, have released the CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.

The incident happened at around 2.15pm on Tuesday, 26 June, after the owner of the bike had left it chained at the station’s cycle rack.

PC Matthew Morrison said: “It appears two men targeted the bike – a silver Peugeot […]

Police say Ian Brady has not revealed to them the location of Keith Bennett’s body

Greater Manchester Police is currently investigating allegations that Ian Brady may have disclosed the whereabouts of Keith Bennett’s body.

On 30 July 2012, the Force received information that led officers to believe that Ian Brady had recently given details of the location of Keith Bennett’s body to one of his long-time visitors.

It was claimed that Brady had written a letter to Keith’s mum Winnie Johnson that was not to be opened until after his death.

Officers in Greater Manchester […]

Diggle gulley issue gets a response from Oldham Council

The collapsed gulley at Diggle. Photo: OMBC Highways.

Saddleworth News recently met with Councillor Garth Harkness near to Brun Clough Reservoir in Diggle to investigate one of the major causes of flooding along the A62 Huddersfield Road.

During torrential rain the water from Marsden Moor flows down onto the Huddersfield Road near to the Diggle and Marsden border. This has led to surface water on the road forming a small river running down towards Delph and Dobcross.

Yanks event draws in large crowds

The main event was held in the grounds of Saddleworth School. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

This years ‘Yanks’ event again drew large crowds of visitors to Uppermill and the surrounding villages.

Saddleworth School was used as the main base for the event with stalls selling military items to 1940’s clothing.

A wide range of military vehicles took part in the convoy on Sunday with hundreds of people lining Uppermill High Street to watch.

The vehicles headed through Delph to the […]

Yanks are coming back to Saddleworth this weekend

This years Yanks event, “Yanks are coming back to Saddleworth” starts on the 10th, 11th & 12th August 2012.

An unforgettable day out and fantastic experience for the everyone as the “Yanks” set up camp in the grounds of Saddleworth School in Uppermill, Saddleworth. This is a huge event that winds back the clock across the whole area taking you right back World War Two!!!

This very popular annual event was first staged over 10 years ago to celebrate the […]

Body of man found in canal at Dobcross today

The scene at the canal this afternoon. Picture: Stuart Littleford.

The body of a man has been found in the canal near to the Brownhill countryside centre in Dobcross today.

Shortly after 12.10pm on Thursday 9 August 2012, police were called to the area and Officers recovered the body of a man.

The area remains sealed off for forensic tests to be completed.

Inquiries are ongoing.


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Uppermill residents boggled as postman collects the bins

Uppermill residents were left boggled yesterday as their rubbish bins appeared to be getting emptied by the Royal Mail.

Residents on Smithy Lane in the village were bemused as it appeared a postman was taking their bins away and emptying them into the bin wagon.

A rather confused pensioner told Saddleworth News he thought it was a new strategy the council had employed to save some money.

He said: “I thought the Royal Mail had asked the postmen […]

Team Spirit at MAHDLO

Team Spirit’s Event Manager, Robin (right) and motivational speaker Damian Hughes, (left) with Chief Executive Helen Taylor (centre left) and Youth Zone Manager Laura Windsor – Welsh (Centre Right).

Greenfield based Team Spirit one of the country’s leading Event Management companies, were proud to support the local Oldham charity Mahdlo with a fun filled Upbeat Team Build to bring their team of volunteers and full time staff together, supported by a key note speech by Professor Damian Hughes author […]

Village Charm for International Jazz Artists

Every year, throughout the second weekend in October, the sleepy Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8,000 jazz fans, who enjoy a varied programme of music and other events.

2012 is no exception, and from Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October almost 80 events are scheduled for 48 hours across the weekend, with music being played in every conceivable space.

This year, the festival headliners include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Dennis Rollins, Barb Jungr, Gilad […]

Get fit during the Olympics

With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing more people will be inspired to take up some form of sport or fitness program.

Regular exercise has many numerous health benefits and improves both physical and mental well being.

Before starting any new exercise program it helps to set yourself a target of what it is that you want to achieve. When setting your goals be realistic and try to avoid being too ambitious too early.

Many people give up […]

Music concert at St Chad’s Church this Saturday

St Chad’s Church will host to a concert on Saturday 8th September by the Divertenti Quartet, a quartet of young ‘A’ students planning a career in music.

The students are hoping to raise funds to be part of a college led ‘Challenge Expedition’ to Namibia in 2013 and as part of their own personal growth have to raise £3,300 each to fund the trip!

During the event they will perform the Brahms String Quartet in C Minor followed by Dvorak […]