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Summer 2021Editor's welcome

A warm welcome to Real Rochdale

After a brief pause, we are back with a summer edition of Real Rochdale.

In this edition, we have several amazing human interest stories, plus a delicious cupcake recipe and the perfect summer evening walk.

Unusually, journalist Paul Waugh became the centre of attention during one of the Prime Minister’s press briefings. He took time out of his busy schedule to tell us how he went from growing up in Rochdale to becoming a top political editor for the likes of HuffPost UK.

Despite a progressive illness, Rachel Winnard refuses to be beaten by her condition, which replaces her soft tissues with bone. She told reporter Michelle Kight about how she became one of the first patients with her illness to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and how she is continuing to remain positive.

The historic Baillie Street area has undergone an upmarket rebrand, as has the fire service museum – and their new looks are incredible.

Former mayor Billy Sheerin reminisces about serving two terms as mayor due to the pandemic and highlights some of his favourite parts of his unusual year.

The now-retired Reverend of Rochdale, Mark Coleman opened up about how he became a vicar, and how he has become an environmental activist in recent years.

Two local independent businesses – Carpet Creations and Brown’s Cakes – are celebrating significant milestones with 25 and 10 years, respectively. Carpet Creations has enjoyed huge success from humble beginnings, whilst Brown’s continues to win awards for their bespoke bakes.

Touchstones is reopening with plenty of exhibits and events which will keep you busy all summer, with something for everyone.

Thank you to our advertisers and contributors, it’s great to be back, and we hope you enjoy this issue.


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