“Feel Good Factor” back in Radcliffe – Ivan Lewis
Saturday was a fantastic day in Radcliffe.
Firstly we had the official opening of Radcliffe’s newly refurbished market.
Mike Connolly, the Leader of the Council did the honours. It was fitting that the opening of the Market Hall was dedicated to Barry Briggs, who is sadly no longer with us. When he was a Councillor his aspiration was to see Radcliffe town-centre regenerated. It is what he tirelessly fought for.
His dream is starting to come to fruition. The £1 million investment in the market is the first piece of the jigsaw. Work on a new £2million bus station is due to start in April 2015. The Leader of the Council is pulling out all the stops to attract a significant retail presence into the town centre, and there are hopes for a brand-new swimming pool & leisure facility.
Above: Ivan with local residents enjoying the new Market.
(L to R): Cllr Mike Connolly Leader of Bury Council, Ivan Lewis MP, Cllr Rishi Shori, Deputy Leader and Radcliffe Councillor at the opening of Radcliffe Market.
After the opening of the Market, I was honoured to have been asked to switch on Radcliffe’s Christmas lights with the Mayor.
This would not have happened without the selfless dedication of the Radcliffe Carnival Committee. Andrew Clarkson (the Chair) and Craig Cartledge (the Treasurer), together with many other volunteers, worked tirelessly to put on a whole afternoon of events culminating in the lights switch on followed by fireworks. People voted with their feet and it was tremendous to see the piazza and surrounding businesses brimming with people.
It was only 12 months ago that the future of the Christmas lights was in doubt. It has been an incredible turnaround, led by the Carnival Committee with the support of the local community, and local Radcliffe councillors, including Deputy Leader of the Council, Rishi Shori.
It was clear from Saturday that the feel good factor is returning to Radcliffe and long may it continue.
Radcliffe’s beautiful Christmas Tree in all its glory – thanks to the hard work of the Carnival Committee.