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Hairdressers make charity Band Aid cover

The staff at Jo Ferns Salons in Lydgate near Oldham decided to make the cover of the Band Aid 30 charity single to help raise money for ebola victims and their families.

We love the Band Aid video but we wanted to show that celebrities aren't the only people that care. We're a really close-knit company and the staff always go that extra mile for people. So we came up with the idea of the video to raise money for the Ebola virus crisis.

– Jo Ferns, Salon owner


School's tribute to 11-year-old boy who died after suspected asthma attack

Eleven-year-old Kyle collapsed near his home. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolboy who died from a suspected asthma attack after heading out to play football with his friends.

Eleven-year-old Kyle Hall collapsed near his home in Hardman Street, Chadderton and later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

It is believed that the Manchester United fan, a former pupil at Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton who started at Newman College in September, had suffered a massive asthma attack.

A special assembly attended by 400 guests, including his friends and family, was held for Kyle at Corpus Christi on Monday.

Kyle was a hard working, well mannered and honest boy who was a friend to everyone. He always put other people before himself and set a brilliant example to the younger children in school.

“His respect for adults and those around him was exceptional. Always willing to help out where needed, Kyle was a total asset to Corpus Christi and no doubt continued to be one at Newman College.

"Teachers and other adults in school speak with high regard for Kyle, they found him a delight to teach, a boy who lived to do the very best he could in everything he did.”

– Chris Hanson, headteacher of Corpus Christi RC Primary School.

Corrie's Ashley stars in new play to breathe life into quiet city centre premises in Oldham

Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock Coronation Street) Credit: PA

The actor who used to play Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street is starring a new play which it's hoped could breathe new life into Oldham Town Centre. It's called Thick as Thieves and opens in an empty shop that used to sell prams. It's part of a project which is aimed at bringing new businesses and consumers back into the town.

Mark Whiteley’s comedy is about two career criminals Steven Arnold who plays Steph ‘the Earl’ Aston, the hard and organised burglar with ambitions of building his own crew in the North West and another Coronation Street favourite, Jonny Dixon, who plays ‘nice but dim’ Barry Ireland. His character has a girlfriend, two kids and a maisonette to support and is struggling to go straight after leaving prison. When the pair decide to turn their hands to housebreaking it has hilarious consequences as they discover a life of crime isn't all it's cracked up to be. It takes place in an ex pram shop in Mumps (renamed ReTale for the show). It only has 45 seats a night and opens on September 23.

It is part of Oldham Council’s ‘Independent Quarter Project’ which aims to bring both businesses and consumers back to the High Street. The company behind it Hard Graft is committed to producing work in unique and unusual venues as a means to excite and engage new theatre audiences.


Bride Olivia adds a special touch to her wedding "neigh"

Olivia, riding horse Max accompanied by groom, Christian alongside. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Most brides dream of being taken to their wedding in a luxury car but not Olivia Sunderland who used her horse to get her to the church on time.

Resplendent in a beautiful flowing white dress, Olivia rode the half-mile to the church on Max, her family's horse, to make for a unique entrance for her wedding to Christian Nield.

Olivia, 25, said: "I always wanted my horse Max to be part of the day. He has been a big part of my life for 13 years and it was important to me for him to be included.

"He is a family horse and my dad Chris helped to get him ready in the morning, putting a blanket on him so I wouldn't ruin my dress."

Olivia, who works at a jewellers, rode Max from her mother's home in the village of Greenfield, Saddleworth near Oldham to Christ Church, Friezland, for the ceremony.

She was then joined by her new husband, a risk management consultant, and their dog Bella for a walk to the marquee reception down the road.

The service was watched by 100 guests packed into the small village church with the happy couple showered with confetti before moving on to food, speeches and a celebration toast.

Olivia added: "It really was the most amazing day and I was glad all the pets could be part of it.

"I couldn¹t have asked for anything more."

Christian, 30, added: "Lots of people were driving past taking pictures - it's not something you see everyday.

"Luckily, it had been raining all day but the weather held off for a two-hour period at exactly the right time."

Bride Olivia heading to church, with the help of Max. Credit: Manchester Evening News
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