Celebrating Rochdale's Connect2 network
As Rochdale's extensive Connect2 network passed 40km in length, a special portrait bench has been unveiled with a dawn chorus by children from St. Edward's Primary School in Castleton.
Located on the Rochdale Canal towpath just south of Castleton, between the Norton Grange Hotel and the railway line, the bench features portraits of Dame Gracie Fields, Harriet Ellis (world champion windsurfer) and Lynne Coxell (Headteacher of St Edward's CE Primary school). They were chosen by local school children.
The early morning unveiling was attended by representatives from Sustrans, Rochdale Council and CTC, along with Harriet Ellis' father, Lynne Coxell and children from St. Edwards.
As the sun rose behind the portraits, the children sang an adapted version of a Gracie Fields classic "If I'd know you were coming I'd have baked a flapjack".
CTC have supported Rochdale Council on the Connect2 project and Cycling Development Officer Seamus Kelly continues to work with the council to promote awareness and use of this extensive network of cycling and walking routes.