Politicians join Wolverine’s pack to help clean up river

STALYBRIDGE’S very own Wolverine has got political interest after his crusade to clean up the River Tame.

The Correspondent last month told how Massimo Malacrino jumped into the water and cleared out waste from a stretch in the town centre next to the Deli Felice bistro.

Massimo Malacrino aka Italian Wolverine

Now local MP Jonathan Reynolds has got on board and met with the man otherwise known as ‘Italian Wolverine’ to discuss his actions and the broader problem of plastic pollution.

And the Canal and River Trust, which manages the waterway, also wants to meet him to discuss ways of potentially clearing other areas – while members of the public are still congratulating him for doing what he did.

“Jonathan said things along the lines of, ‘The right people have got to know the right things’,” said Mr Malacrino, who lives on The Lock.

“He seems very keen on the subject and was quite open when I spoke to him about clearing the river.

“And someone from the River Trust sent me a message saying he would love to meet up and ask me what I think about plastic pollution.

“Members of the public are still coming up to me now saying ‘well done’ and ‘when are you going in the river again?’. It’s mad as it seems I did it so long ago!”

As well as getting his feet wet to help the look of the river in September, with a video of him and Deli Felice’s manager Ali San, being seen more than 22,000 times and reaching more than 40,000 people, Mr Malacrino is involved with the Sandwich Angels charity.

Based at St Mary’s Church in the Newton area of Hyde, it is a non-profit charity that helps the homeless.

It does not accept any money but makes sandwiches for outreach teams and soup kitchens and gives out sleeping bags, tents and food, directly feeding local rough sleepers.

Sandwich Angels has links with the Tesco branches in Stalybridge, Hattersley and Glossop, which donate bread while the Hyde branch of Morrison’s donates fresh produce every week.

The group has also said it is looking for help with cheese for sandwiches, with even one packet from individuals being greatly welcomed.

“I got involved and more and more into it,” Mr Malacrino added about the group that meets at the Talbot Road church every Wednesday and Thursday from 9am until 10.45am.

Boxer Adam Jones helps out once a week by making sandwiches and even donated his prize money from a charity bout after converting it into Morrison’s vouchers.

Mr Malacrino added: “Loads of people are involved and we’re looking out for others to get involved too.”

Sandwich Angels started in November 2016 and has grown ever since.

It is holding a Vintage Christmas Fair at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, November 18 from noon until 4pm.

Entry is free but people are encouraged to bring a tin of meat and fish.

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