Fitting tributes to carnival duo.
Friday 27th June 2014 @ 15:31 by Anna Fletcher
Community News Stalybridge

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Stalybridge bid farewell to two leading community lights in fitting style at the weekend’s carnival.

This year’s Stalybridge Carnival and festival event was a particularly poignant and emotional one for two local families.

For the Broadhurst family the carnival parade was the first without Edward Broadhurst, who sadly passed away in November.

Edward owned Broadhurst Transport of Stalybridge for around 50 years and for 35 of them, donated his units for free to use in the parade.

Everyone involved from dance groups to football teams would get a trailer to decorate for the parade and drivers would give their time for no charge.

This year, to remember his vital community work, Edward’s wife Jean and his son Steven created a trophy in his name that went to the best dressed trailer.

As well as that, a picture of Edward was placed on the back of one of the trucks and a banner of Edward and David Hobson was put on the front in memory of both men.

Steven’s wife, Jane, said: “Edward had done so much and the carnival had always been a big thing.

“He always incorporated all the family, the kids, the grandkids and they would always have a go at driving with him.

“It was a tribute to him because if it wasn’t for him there wouldn’t be much of a parade going on.

“He was a lovely man.”

More on this story in this week’s Tameside Reporter.