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  1. This story from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal from September 1918 is a mixture of both of the above emotions and an almost happy ending for once. Corporal David Macfarlane who resided at Cross Street, Eccles was before the outbreak of war a postman on the streets of Eccles and by all accounts a well known man in the Borough. He was no stranger to combat having fought in the Boer War in South Africa and in October 1916 he joined the 2/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusilier and was soon in action. He fought in the Third Battle of Ypres where his regiment suffered many casualties, he was shot through the hand as he was retreating and then in the leg as he lay on the floor, along with fellow Eccles man, Corporal Lee who lived at Cecil Road, Eccles he was taken as prisoner of war and taken to various camps around Belgium before settling at Munster Lager, Medical Hospital, Westphalia in Germany. With the war grinding to a bloody stalemate Macfarlane because of his age and ill health was repatriated back to Blighty after 13 months in captivity. He gave an interview to the Eccles and Patricroft Journal when he was on home leave from the King George Hospital in London, who no doubt wanted to hear tales of heroism and jingoism and he did not disappoint. When taken prisoner he was taken to a field hospital and the only treatment he received for his injuries where cold water bandages which left his hand deformed and useless, he did retain the use of his leg though. Now in his stride he told the journalist, "I saw plenty of British pluck on the Western Front but nothing compared to to the pluck of our boys who are in the hands of their German captors. "Nothing can induce them to or compel them to make munitions, one lad who refused was placed on bread and water for 17 hours and was forced to stand in bitterly cold weather, at the end of it he had to be practically thawed out but he maintained his refusal to work for them" He then thanked the Prisoner of War Relief Fund who had sent them essential food. "I received six parcels a month, the Germans were eager to buy our bread, dripping and soap but Tommy never parted with them, we make sure our boys get their share" Surprisingly he was allowed to visit the nearby town of Munster, he said that all the shops were either closed or had no provisions in them and yet the Germans were still convinced that they would win the war as the people of Britain were starving to death. Also in the Munster camp were three local men, Reggie Cox who lived at Boardman Street, Eccles, William Moore from Church Street, Eccles and a lad named only as Winn from Parrin Lane, Winton. Macfarlane finished the article by stating that he was eager to to resume his duties as a postman in Eccles when fully fit, despite his deformed hand. That newspaper article to me reads full of British bravado and the good old Bulldog spirit which is what the people wanted to hear. However that wasn't the the truth as his parents who lived at Vicarage Close, Eccles revealed that David was one of their seven sons. One had been killed, one had lost his right hand, and another son had lost his arm and a leg. The other three were still fighting in France and to be honest they still stood a good chance of being killed killed or maimed in that senseless bloodbath which would drag on for another three months. To have lost one son and had three others disfigured and maimed is beyond my belief, yet somehow people were still joining the Army, albeit more reluctantly than in 1914, which seems a form of collective madness which it obviously wasn't but begs the question why? I doff my cap to Corporal Macfarlane and the many, many men who fought and died in that that war yet still cannot understand why they didn't refuse to go, point blank after seeing the terrible loss of life and hardships that would be endured by families at home.
  2. The candidates have been announced as nominations to enter the election closed at 4pm on Friday 31 August. The candidates are: Helen Alker - Green Party Andrew Darlington - The Conservative Party Candidate Caroline Stephanie Dean - Women’s Equality Party Keith Hallam - UK Independence Party (UKIP) Mike McCusker - Labour Party Jake Overend - Liberal Democrats The by-election was called to find a replacement for Councillor Peter Wheeler who has resigned. Residents in the Eccles ward now have until Tuesday 11 September to register to vote if they have not already done so. The quickest way to register is to visit www.gov.uk/registertovote Polling stations in the ward will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 27 September, the day of the election. For further information please visit: https://www.salford.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/elections/future-elections/
  3. Peter Curran, 48, from Eccles, was reported missing to police at the beginning of this month but has not yet been found. The last time his neighbours saw him was in May but, having not heard from him since that time, they and his family are becoming increasingly concerned and are, with police, appealing for any information from people that would help find him. As part of the search for Peter, specialist teams have been searching around his home on Worsley Road and the places he usually frequents including Worsley Woods, Eccles and Prestwich. On Wednesday a police dive team were seen searching a stretch of the bridgewater canal in Eccles, gardens and the surrounding area were also searched. He is 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with brown hair and although it’s not known what he is wearing, he usually wears glasses and a baseball cap. Police Sergeant Kerry Dawson of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: Anyone who sees Peter or knows where he is should contact police on 101 quoting reference MP/16/0094141
  4. Update: Anthony has now been found The last known sighting of Anthony was at 6pm on Friday 17 August at the Morrison’s supermarket in Eccles town centre. It is believed could have taken the Metrolink but it is not known where to. Anthony is white, and described as around 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build and with white/grey hair combed back. He has a slight squint in his left eye, is hard of hearing and has no teeth. He was last seen wearing a black Adidas jacket, a blue t-shirt, blue trousers and black pointy dress shoes. Anthony has not taken important medication and his family are incredibly concerned. Anyone who has any information that could help police find Anthony is asked to get in touch as soon as possible on 0161 856 5420 , alternatively call 101.
  5. Carne Thomasson (26/03/90) of no fixed address has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder in connection with the shooting of Christian Hickey and his mum, Jayne, on the doorstep of their home in Salford on Monday 12 October 2015. He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ today, Thursday 9 August. Christian and his mum, who were aged seven and 30 at the time of the incident, were taken to hospital and had to undergo numerous surgeries before being discharged. On Wednesday 27 June 2018, the Spanish National Police, working with the National Crime Agency, arrested a man on behalf of Greater Manchester Police after a European Arrest Warrant was granted. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; }
  6. Aftab Khan (26/01/1979) of Millers Street, Eccles is wanted on recall to prison after serving part of a sentence for sexual assault. Khan has been outstanding since Sunday 5 August 2018 and all efforts to trace him so far have been unsuccessful. He is known to have links with Oldham, Bolton, Bury, North and Central Manchester. Anyone with information about Khan’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 0161 856 3550 or make an anonymous report through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  7. Never a man in need to make up an excuse to find himself in a pub, award-winning local historian and overall man of the people Mr Tony Flynn, embarked on what has quickly become his much anticipated and beloved fun and fact-filled history tour of Eccles Pubs. Despite a spot of inclement weather this Sunday past (29 Jul), the intrepid troupe walked the sodden streets of Eccles in search of the long-lost history of the area, with many long forgotten intriguing tales of the past revealed. Stories were told, pubs were frequented, beer was swigged and more importantly, money was raised for a local charity. In this case the very appreciative local foodbank 'Mustard Tree' who are helping to feed those who have fallen on hard times around Salford. A whopping £250 was raised which was converted into tins and other items for the food bank at the local Jack Fulton's. Flynn's Fandango around Eccles has gained legendary status just like his many sought-after books which are sadly out of print but regularly are sold online by collectors for as much as £500 a pop. Many thanks to another local legend, Albert Spiby for the use of the photos. You can check out many more of them over at our spiritual home on the Salford Online facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/salfordonline/ A huge well done to all those who braved the elements and heartfelt thanks to Tony for being an all-around man of the people and putting it all together. I would raise a glass to him but he has probably still has a hangover
  8. And so keeping the ball rolling with the football theme, I bring you this story culled from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal, July 1918. An everyday story of neighbours falling out over the trivial matter of a football landing in there garden which in turn leads to an appearance at the local court with a charge of assault and wilful damage. Eccles Magistrates Court heard the case which didn't go into extra time thanks to the Magistrate keeping his eye on his watch and deciding that 90 minutes was enough for anybody. James Knowles who resided at Stanley Avenue, Eccles was summoned by Alfred Brooke charged with doing wilful damage to the front door of his property in Stanley Avenue, he was also charged with assaulting the tenant of the property, Minnie Birch Williams. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } Minnie told the court that she was at in her front garden with her children enjoying the fine weather when a football landed in it, ruining their peaceful afternoon sojourn. The ball had been kicked in by a boy the younger brother of James Knowles. According to Minnie the boy in an "insolent manner" told her to give the ball back and then turning towards her son who was sat next to her, threatened to "knock his blithering clock round" if he didn't hurry up and return the ball. I must admit I have never heard that expression before, how quaint. James Knowles then appeared on the scene and told her that people could also be awkward and that if the ball was not returned in five minutes he would kick the front door in to get it back. She then alleged that James leapt over the garden fence in an attempt to snatch the ball back and in so doing, he knocked the garden gate open which hit her, causing bruises to her leg and back. Not content with bowling her over he chased her son who had wisely raced into the safety of his house, still clutching the football and slammed the door shut behind him. James with a kick that David Beckham would have been proud of, he booted the door so hard that the front handle came off. Minnie's father, Alfred Brookes then took the stand and said the damage to the door was three shillings and sixpence, but that the Knowles family had plagued his daughter and her family for a long time and were "unsavoury neighbours". He was so outraged by the damage to his front door that he waited for a full day before calling at the Knowles house to ask for an apology, possibly luckily for him the house was empty. Undeterred and no doubt further outraged he then authorised a solicitor to send a letter to the Knowles family demanding an apology. If you have ever read,"Diary of a Nobody" by George and Weedon Grossmith, you will identify Mr Brookes with the "hero" of the book, Charles Pooter. James Knowles took to the stand and as can be imagined told a different account of what had happened that fateful day. He said that he was asked by his younger brother and sister if he would get the ball back for them as they had been waiting for half an hour for it. He politely asked the boy in the garden if he could have the ball back, only to be told, "Come and get it, if you dare" James jumped over the garden fence to retrieve the ball and sadly knocked Minnie over, accidentally, of course, the boy had run into the house and slammed the door shut so hard that it caught James boot thus accidentally causing the door handle to fall off. Sounds plausible enough to me. The Magistrate no doubt wanting to go home or for his dinner weighed up the options available to him. He fined James three shillings and sixpence for the damage to the door and court costs. As for Minnies injuries? he decided that there had been a technical assault but that no injury was intended and the charge was dropped. Do you think that these two neighbours would soon be throwing open their front doors and welcoming each other in for a brew and a chinwag whilst laughing at the absurdity of the court case?...me neither.
  9. The closure is to enable work to take place that will link the new Trafford Park line, currently under construction, with the existing Metrolink network at Pomona. The line will close for 13 days after the last service on Friday 27 July. This means that there will be no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 (inclusive), while services from Ashton-under-Lyne will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield. It will also enable us to work with Metrolink operator KeolisAmey and other partners to carry out additional enhancement works at the same time, reducing the need for future disruption. The works have been timed to coincide with school summer holidays when, traditionally, fewer people travel on the network. They have also been condensed into a single 13-day closure, preventing disruption over many weekends. We are working hard to minimise disruption to customers and stakeholders and have taken a number of steps to achieve this. We are keeping media, public and stakeholders updated before, during and after the works and extra staff will also be present in key locations and at key times to answer questions and help people get around. During the works there will be a full bus replacement operating including additional services during peak times. Please see the section below to find out where you can pick up your replacement bus service. The travel advice on this page will be continually updated throughout these works and should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier. General Travel Advice Plan ahead and expect journey times to be increased. Replacement bus services will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works. Please ensure you are familiar with replacement bus departure points before you travel. There will be signage directing passengers to replacement bus services at all affected stops. Please ensure you have a valid Metrolink ticket before you travel. Additional Metrolink staff will be available to help and assist you. Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live and up to date travel information and advice throughout the works. Replacement Bus Service A replacement bus service will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works. The following replacement bus services will run: Piccadilly to Eccles calling at all stops, except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (use Harbour City or MediaCityUK) Piccadilly to MediaCityUK calling at all stops except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) Piccadilly to Deansgate-Castlefield, Cornbrook and MediaCityUK Monday to Friday 7am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm You can find your replacement bus stops during these works here. Please note that during the works, no replacement bus service will be able to serve Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (use Harbour City or MediaCityUK). Further maps will be added as soon as we have the information. Please ensure you purchase your ticket either on the Metrolink stop or using the getmethere app prior to boarding a replacement bus service.
  10. KARL

    GAS EXPLOSION IN ECCLES

    Firefighters from Eccles and Salford were called at 8.20am this morning (Monday, May 22), following the explosion within a first-floor-flat. Station Manager Mark Wilson, who is at the scene, said: Firefighters used specialist kit, including a thermal imaging camera, to ensure the scene was safe, before leaving the incident at approximately 10.20am. The cause of the explosion was accidental, due to a a cylinder in a camping stove heating up. The man is approximately 50-years-old. The affected flat and two others have been evacuated as a precaution. The fire engine has now left but investigators remain at the scene to carry out further checks.
  11. Salford Conservative's have selected Councillor Iain Lindley to fight their corner at the upcoming General Election in June. He will go head to head with Barbra Keeley who is the current sitting MP for the area. Iain was selected by his local party members during a meeting at Little Hulton Conservative Club on the 26th April. Iain was elected as Councillor for Walkden South in June 2004, and was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Worsley & Eccles South constituency in 2010 and in 2015 and was elected as Chairman of Salford Conservatives in March 2016. He is Chief Whip of the Conservative Councillors Group. He is asking for people to join him on the campaign trail and get involved with his campaign. If you wish to volunteer then please see the link bellow for more information. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXEQT-FYUH2sfp4kiYgwsSbRd0i0dw-HvUD6w8rpg3fk5Gfg/viewform?c=0&w=1
  12. A teenage girl was subjected to a prolonged sexual assault in Salford. The man followed the victim as she got onto the 67 bus towards Irlam/Cadishead where he continued to sexually assault her before he got off the bus at Patricroft Bridge. The man is described as Asian, in his early 30s, with warts or black lumps on his face, black short hair and spoke in broken English. He was wearing a black jacket and beige chinos and was carrying a carrier bag and umbrella. Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the sexual assault to get in contact. Police Constable Darren White of GMP’s Salford borough, said: “I’m appealing to anyone who recognises the events above or may have information that could help us with our investigation. “It was a busy weekend in the area with plenty of people around so if anyone has any information, no matter how small, please get in touch.” Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5322, 101 quoting reference number 970 of 14/11/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. - If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. - You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report. - St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral. - Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514. - Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267
  13. UPDATE: As of 13:15pm the bridge has now reopened to traffic and it is business as usual. Police are advising motorists heading into Trafford from Salford via Centenary Bridge to divert across Barton Bridge until they can reopen it after dealing with a Road Traffic Accident. Inbound Traffic is not affected and the lane remains open. So if you need to pop to Big ASDA or the Trafford Centre this afternoon then Barton is your best option. Traffic has already started to backup in the area as of 12:40pm. We will update this article when more news in available.


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