Horwich Advertiser Issue 550

Email: news@horwichadvertiser.co.uk Page 2 The Advertiser May 1st 2019 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Advertiser No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Tha Advertiser accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. The Advertiser is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. 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TRAINED TWO community heroes have been chosen for civic awards for lifetimes spent serving their community. Mary Yates andNeil Brown are being celebrated for their years of voluntary work in Horwich. Neil Brown, 73, is Horwich born and bred, and has been contributing to cycling in the town since he was just 16. Though he suffered a stroke last year, he is not slowing down and will soon be honoured on the Spirit of Sport monument for his contributions. Mr Brown, of Buckingham Avenue, is now the chairman of the organising committee of Horwich Festival of Rac- ing—an annual event favoured across the world, attracting runners from as a far as Ethiopia. Mr Brown said: “Getting the award was unexpected. I like providing a ser- vice for the community. I enjoy what I do, but I’m just like everyone else, I’ve had ups and downs over the years.” Mary Yates, 79, has lived in Horwich all of her life and has been working in the community for more than 50 years. Mrs Yates, of Church Street, began her community work in the Mothers’ Union 52 years ago. Since then Mrs Yates became a founding member of the Horwich Women’s Institute along with her involvement in Horwich Vis- iting Service, Horwich Heritage, the Civic Trust and many more. She is still regular volunteer at lunch clubs for older people at Horwich Com- munity Centre. Mrs Yates said: “I’m very proud to have been awarded. It’s nice to be rec- ognised but I don’t do it for that!” She thanked her husband, Paul, say- ing: “Without a working partner, you can’t do it.” Mrs Yates and Mr Brown’s medals are currently being engraved and will be presented in a ceremony. Community heroes honoured NEWS IN BRIEF GOVERNMENT funding has been confirmed for a £262 million housing, retail and leisure development. The Rivington Chase development, on the site of the former Horwich Loco Works, has been granted money from the government’s housing infrastructure fund following a Bolton Council bid launched last year. The first of 104 dwellings are being constructed by Bellway Homes and are expected to be up for sale soon. A MAN has been arrested after driving his car into a field. The Citroen Berlingo car lost control on Platt Lane, Westhoughton. The driver was given a roadside breath test and provided a reading of 76mg/100ml of breath - more than double the drink drive limit. A NEW Horwich mayor has been chosen, but the title hangs in the balance until after the forthcoming local elections. Liberal Democrat Gordon Stone, 63, has been a town councillor for Church Ward for just two years, sincewinning the position in a by-election. In that time, he has gone on to become the deputy mayor before being voted by fellow town councillors to fill the leading role. He said: “When I won the by-election it was on the turn of the card. “It’s quite surprising that I have been elected [as mayor] within two years. It’s an honour.” However, Cllr Stone will have to wait to see if he can take up the ceremonial mayor’s chain. Before the decision is made official, Cllr Stone will remain mayor-elect until the May town council elections He said: “I’m hopeful, but it’s not a forgone conclusion. But people know me in Church Ward and I know them.” Cllr Stone has been helping to organise the upcom- ingHorwich Festival of Racing andmusic festival. The other candidates standing in the Church Ward elections are Marie Brady, Horwich and Blackrod First Independents, Richard Silvester, Labour and Co-Operative Party, and Kevin John Walsh, Liberal Democrats. New Mayor chosen Cllr Gordon Stone