Sunday, May 25, 2008

Reddish Centenary Celebrations

Saturday 24th May 2008 was a very important day in the life of Reddish. Exactly 100 years before, Stockport Corporation presented Reddish with it's own Library/Fire station/Baths complex as a commemoration of it becoming part of the borough of Stockport.

It was a day to celebrate and that is what Reddish did. They came out in force to show their love for this most unusual and probably unique building.

The day started with MP Andrew Gwynne, cutting the ribbon and ended with cutting the cake, and between these, there was free drinks and scones for all as well as Reddish Brass Band and choirs, and other musical entertainment.
Two Fire Engines graced the yard, one modern and the other over 60 years old. The Mortuary was open for inspection as was the baths and the queue for the latter stretched down the road.

Well done to Terry Rourke and the team for a great day.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Gandalf comes to Stockport

Saturday 10th May 2008 will go down in Stockport's history as a big day for the Garrick Society.

Sir Ian McKellen, known better as Gandalf, for his roll in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, unveiled a plaque commemorating the origins of the Garrick Theatre, as the first 'Little Theatre' in the Country.

The plaque is on the corner of the Natwest Bank in St. Petersgate, which was the site of the Coffee Tavern. Following his unveiling, another plaque was unveiled by the Mayor, June Somekh to commemorate the day.

The afternoon was rounded off with a reception in the theatre and a performance by Ian himself.