Political differences partied away

POLITICAL differences were put to one side as Stalybridge’s councillors provided the annual Christmas party for the town’s pensioners.A total of 85 people came through the doors of the town’s New Labour Club – the venue was purely a coincidence, not a statement – and helped themselves to the festive spirit.

Children from West Hill School provided much of the entertainment, with its brass band and handbell group accompanying its choir in a range of Christmas tunes.

And teenage singer Jessica Wright, a former pupil at Arlies Primary School, impressed with her rendition of some familiar favourites.

All six Stalybridge councillors – Labour’s Jan Jackson, Adrian Pearce and Sam Gosling and the Conservtives’ Doreen Dickinson, Liam Billington and Clive Patrick – contributed to the fun on Tuesday, December 10.

Jonathan Reynolds even took time off the general election campaign trail to share cheer with people, many of whom came from Millbrook Care Home and Carrbrook Community Hub.

Local businesses and the councillors donated prizes to the raffle while some seriously competitive bingo games took place.

And everyone who attended was treated to a mince pie, courtesy of a generous donation from Stalybridge’s Tesco supermarket.

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