LORD Pendry is still championing Stalybridge, even though he is no longer the town’s member of parliament.
And he is urging residents to shop local rather than venture further afield to out-of-town retail outlets.
Tom Pendry, who was MP for Stalybridge and Hyde between 1970 and 2001, does his weekly shop on a Saturday morning in the town.
He said: “There are some fabulous independent shops in Stalybridge but we need more of the town’s population to use them.
“I support the likes of 5 A Day, Say Cheese and Mettricks (the butcher’s which recently became Boult’s) and also Poundbuster.
“I only go to supermarkets for things I cannot find in the town centre shops I use.”
Lord Pendry added that when he returns by train each Sunday evening to resume duties in the House of Lords, he always takes with him a bag of local produce.
Looking ahead, Lord Pendry says satellite towns like Stalybridge are desperately in need of help.
He said: “Stalybridge is a lovely little town but, like many others, is desperately in need of help.
“Out-of-town and online shopping is a killer and some of the money allocated in the budget to reducing business rates can help shops like ours.”
Lord Pendry is also hoping Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham’s Town Centre Challenge will help revitalise Stalybridge.
He said: “I am waiting to see to see what is proposed to redevelop the town centre.
“I was involved in previous initiatives that died, but think this has more of a chance of succeeding.”
Similarly, Lord Pendry is urgings residents to support Stalybridge Celtic, their local football team.
He said: “Bower Fold is one of the prettiest grounds at their level and what better setting to watch football.
“I would love to see them flourish and have always supported the club.
“Why don’t Manchester United and City fans go to Celtic when their teams are away?”