As I was walking into town the Police were taping off one of the shops at the top of Yorkshire St. 4 Police cars and an ambulance were in attendance. As I got further down there were 3 large Police vans and 2 more cars blocking in a Mercedes by the corner of United Carpets. I didn't know we had so many Police vehicles !
I called in to the Riverside this lunch time to speak to my wife who's a guide at the Dippy exhibition. The place was chock a bloc with kids, parents and grandparents, It has obviously brought people into the town from all over the place. My wife was talking to a family who'd come from Northern Ireland to see Dippy !
The gift shop was really busy as was the cafeteria.
My step son works in the Regal Moon part time and he was telling me that the Regal has been more full than normal since the exhibition opened.
Well done to the Council for bringing Dippy to Rochdale.
It's just been on the news that school children in Scotland under the age of 12 will be banned from heading the ball in training but not in actual games. Is this the start of heading the ball becoming outlawed ? What would the game look like without heading ?
Just heard on the radio that " Superstition " has been voted the best Motown song of all time. They've got to be joking. What about " Reach Out I'll Be There " or " I Heard It Through The Grapevine " ?
I see from today's paper that Peter Thompson has died. He was a flying winger in the 1960's , first with Preston and more famously with Liverpool. He made the training squad for the 1966 World Cup but was unluckily left out from the final 22. I saw him play several times and he was a very clever player with a terrific change of pace. A real pigeon catcher. He later played for Bolton.
According to Rochdale On Line Marks & Sparks will now be moving into their new premises when it finally gets built. That's great news, maybe one or two other companies will be looking to move in. It's be interesting to see what happens to their old building.
I've lived in Rochdale since the mid 1950's but I can't honestly remember weather like this. I remember the big freeze of 1963 when there were no games of football for the best part of 10 weeks but that was a different kettle of fish. I live facing Cronkeyshaw Common and the wind is gusting the standing snow right across the common from the Syke area onto the top of Whitehall St. The waste pipe for my bathroom wash basin is exposed to the East wind and has frozen up. That's never happened before. No buses and not many taxis are operating. I need to get over to Heywood tomorrow morning. Any residents care to give me a lowdown on current weather/driving conditions in central Heywood ?
I see the signage is up on the old " B&Q " warehouse for it's new occupants. Anybody know when it opens ? I've heard good reports from Aussie's that they are pretty good merchandisers. The heading should say " Bunnings " . I typed it without my reading glasses.
There's a very interesting article in today's " Guardian " regarding the new Spurs stadium and future developments. It's got it's own micro brewery, fromagerie, and a Michelin standard restaurant plus the longest bar in the country. They'll have heated seats with built in USB ports. Tickets for premium seats will start at a mere £89. One thing I like about the stadium of the future. Apparently drones will bring you a beer to your seat ! They'll have to change the rules regarding alcohol at football matches first.
My pal who reckons he's in the know regarding North West football tells me he's heard a rumour that Callum Camps may be on the move. Is this likely to be happening ? He gets some stories right and he gets some wrong.
Anybody else think the guy is getting a raw deal in the press ? We 're getting a little bit too precious as a nation. It was a bit of a " foot in the mouth " moment but for him to lose his job over it would be ridiculous.
Channel 4 News are running an expose of the working conditions at the Rochdale warehouse at 7.00 tonight. From the trailer I heard it sounds a really great place to work. Charles Dickens would be right at home.