Posted by Neil on Monday, 09 June 2014 at 10:03:00
Filed under: Announcements, Political, Surrounding areas
Happy Tears and Hugs During Warrington's First Same Sex Marriage
It was a day of happy tears and hugs as family and friends of a Sankey Bridges couple celebrated Warrington’s first same sex marriage.
Steph Llewellyn and Rosie Peplow tied the knot on Friday following a beautiful ceremony at the Lymm Hotel that left many reaching for their tissues.
The happy couple said it had been a wonderful day and they were delighted to be the first in the town to legally wed following a change in the law.
Rosie, who got married on her 30th birthday, said: “It’s been a surreal day and I still don’t think it’s really all sunk in yet.
“We’re very lucky all our favourite people in the world are here with us.”
The pair did not need to fear about walking down the aisle in the same outfit as care assistant Steph revealed she had never worn a dress in her life and opted for a suit instead for the big day.
The 29-year-old admitted she shed a tear during the ceremony but they were ‘very happy tears’ and she could not wait to jet off for their honeymoon in Gran Canaria.
She added: “I just couldn’t help crying but Rosie managed to hold it together. She’s done most of the planning and there’s been ups and downs but it’s been brilliant. I didn’t mind where we went on holiday as long as we were together.”
The couple added they had been recognised in supermarkets after appearing in the Warrington Guardian earlier this year announcing their nuptials.
Rosie, who works as a nurse in the town, said one of her patients told her ‘I didn’t realise you were one of them’ after seeing the pair in the paper but they added everyone was very happy for them.
Article courtesy of This is Cheshire.
Posted by Neil on Thursday, 05 June 2014 at 12:13:51
Filed under: Announcements, Openings, Lymm, Festivals, Lymm Festival, Surrounding areas, Village centre
Ten stunning Lymm gardens are ready once again to open their gates as part of Lymm Festival. This is a unique opportunity to see private gardens at their best and spend a delightful afternoon touring between each one, perhaps stopping along the way to sample some of the refreshments on offer such as Pimm's or a homemade meringue.
The gardens as always range in style, form and function, making sure that there is something to please everyone. On offer are few of our favourite gardens from previous years, showing how they have matured and developed over time, alongside seven magnificent new additions. Each ticket includes a garden brochure describing the gardens and a map for you to plan your individual tour, so please feel free to view as many or as few as you like!
This year’s ticket also includes free entry to a Lymm National Garden Society garden the following Sunday: 29th June. This would cost £4 if purchased separately so we are very pleased to be able to add this to our event. (Further details are included in the Open Gardens Brochure).
Tickets can be purchased using the ticket order form, on line via the Festival Website or at the Festival Box Office. Last year was a sell out so be sure to buy tickets early. Tickets sold are in aid of St Rocco’s Hospice, mini-events and refreshments in individual gardens will be in aid of gardener’s favourite charities.
For more details of the gardens for 2014 and a sneaky peek into the preparations behind the scenes please follow us on Facebook at Lymm Open Gardens.
Tags: gardens, gardening
Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 at 16:17:42
Filed under: Sports, Interview, Competitions
A tiny scrap of paper with soccer legend Pele’s autograph is a treasured possession of soccer fan Ian Thomson.
And, as the 2014 World Cup draws nearer, Ian can look back at those heady days of 1966 when England won the Jules Rimet trophy and say “I was robbed” ... of the chance to play against the great Brazilian star.
Ian (67), of Moorland Crescent, Clitheroe, was a 19-year-old building society worker in Lymm, Cheshire, at the time. The Brazilian squad was based at the Lymm Hotel, just a few hundred yards from his home.
The team included big names such as Tostao, Garrincha, Jairzinho, and Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele. Ian was a player with Lymm Rangers, and his team tried to fix up a training game with the Brazilians.
“I used to play right-half and Pele was number 10, so I would have been up against him,” recalls Ian, a retired council officer and Blackburn Rovers fan. In the event, it didn’t happen. Alderley Edge had a better ground and got to play with the Brazilians. We weren’t happy.”
However, Ian consoled himself by walking to the Lymm Hotel with his pals, chatting with the players and getting Pele’s autograph.
“Pele didn’t speak much English, but Tostao spoke good English and did most of the talking,” Ian said. “Pele would never walk past the fans. He’d stop and sign autographs for anyone who was there. He was a real gentleman.
“I actually got his autograph a few times, but over the years they’ve been lost and I just have the one left.”
Ian bought a 10-match ticket for all the matches at Goodison Park and Old Trafford, and watched Brazil get knocked out of the competition in their controversial 3-1 defeat by Portugal at Goodison.
“From the start they went out to kick Pele off the pitch. I saw him at Lymm the next day and he was on crutches.”
Ian went on to watch the third-place play-off at Wembley in which Portugal beat the Soviet Union 2-1, and the great final in which England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time.
“The atmosphere in Wembley was fantastic,” Ian said. “There was no aggro, and the Germans were gracious in defeat.”
Even after 38 years, there is still controversy over England’s third goal and whether Geoff Hurst’s shot against the crossbar actually crossed the line before rebounding out.
Ian says: “If you see the replays, it didn’t fully cross the line. The linesman was Russian, it was 21 years after the war, and the Russians still hated Germany.”
Now, as England fans eagerly await this year’s tournament in Brazil to see how Roy Hodgson’s team fare, Ian isn’t expecting a repeat of the 1966 triumph.
“I think Argentina have the best chance, possibly Uruguay, and you can never rule out Brazil as the home team always does well.
“England are a young squad and I don’t expect them to win this time, but maybe next time...”
Article courtesy of the Burnley Express
Tags: football, world cup, 1966