From the Gorton & Openshaw Archives
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28th Nov When nine-year-old Olivia Barclay and her three-year-old sister Sophia let off a balloon in memory of their grandma in September, they were hoping it would travel further than Stoke-on-Trent, their previous record. Little did they expect it would end up all the way in Verrebroek, a small town in Belgium, some 309 miles from their […]
11th Nov Remembrance Sunday will have an extra poignancy this year making as it does the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchaendale. Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, it has come to epitomise the true horror of the First World War with catastrophic casualties suffered on both sides as heavy rain turned the fighting […]
31st Oct A teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in the back. Police were called to Ashton Old Road near to the Morrison’s store at 8.30pm on Monday following reports that the 17-year-old had been attacked. The stabbing happened at the traffic lights near to the supermarket. Witnesses told police […]
30th Oct Plans for a new 1200 pupil school at a reclaimed beauty spot in Nutsford Vale, Gorton, are now under scrutiny despite continued opposition coming from local residents and councillors. The application for the three storey building has been submitted to Manchester City Council planning  which if successful will  be built by Laing O’Rourke on approximately one […]
27th Oct A woman from Audenshaw who stole nearly £50,000 worth of school dinner money has been ordered to pay the majority of it back. 54-year-old Jacqueline Robb was jailed for ten months for fraud back in July, after it was revealed she stole £47,718.52 from Varna Community Primary School in Openshaw, where she was a finance […]
25th Oct Ashton Old Road remained closed this morning following a huge blaze at the Wing Fat Cash and Carry in Gorton. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said there was still a lot of smoke following the fire and traffic lights were still not operating. Commuters are being asked to find alternative routes for their journeys […]
23rd Oct Police have confirmed that a missing 27-year-old man from Manchester could be in Gorton.  Lee Hart was last seen at his grandparent’s house on Lavenham Avenue in Clayton at around 12:30pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday). It is thought he may have then been in the area of The Macdonald Hotel in the city centre and now […]
22nd Oct Police have launched an investigation after shots were fired at a parked car while a family sat inside. Officers were called to the scene of the incident on Dorlan Avenue in Gorton at 7.30pm on Saturday. They discovered that three shots had been fired at a white Range Rover Sport car which was parked on […]
27th Sep   A Cooker fire at a cottage in Stalybridge and a bin fire at a block of flats in Brinnington occuring within 15 minutes of each other placed their demands on fire fighters in Tameside on Monday evening.( 25 September) The first call out came from a block of flats in Brinnington at 18:34 hours […]
26th Sep     Fire investigators believe that a fire which damaged the ground floor of a commercial garage in Gorton Road, North Reddish was  started deliberately. Crews from from Gorton and Ashton  in  three fire engines were deployed to tackle the blaze involving a quantity of furniture at the garage just before 3.00pm on Sunday, September 24, The firefighters […]