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Cannabis lamps helps grass grow on Rochdale pitch

Lamp seized from cannabis farm at Rochdale FC Credit: ITV Granada

Rochdale football club has installed heat lamps seized from cannabis farms to help grow the grass on the pitch.

The club has used the equipment which was donated by police to build a lighting rig to help cultivate the grass on the pitch's problem areas.

Lamp seized from cannabis farm at Rochdale FC Credit: ITV Granada, Tim Scott

The two metre square rig, built using old five-a-side posts, will be used to help keep the Spotland playing surface lush and green in the goal mouths and around the tunnel.

It has saved the league one club more than £60,000.

Cannabis lights help grow Rochdale football pitch

Groundsman Oli Makin and PC Sean Goddard with a lighting rig built with equipment seized by police during cannabis raids Credit: Manchester Evening News

Lights seized from cannabis farms are now helping grow ‘the right kind of grass’ after being donated to the groundsmen at Rochdale AFC.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the equipment has allowed staff to build a lighting rig to maintain the pitch’s problem areas - saving the Dale more than £60,000.

The two metre square rig, built using old five-a-side posts, will be used to help keep the Spotland playing surface lush and green in the goal mouths and around the tunnel.

Head groundsman Oli Makin approached Rochdale police to see if they could hand over the equipment, confiscated during raids on drugs factories in the area, after hearing that Nottingham police had done something similar for Notts County.

We’re starting to use it everyday. After the game on Saturday we put it straight back on the pitch.

I know it will work so it will be a massive help.

I can’t thank the police enough - it’s benefitting them and it’s benefitting us.

– Oli Makin, Head groundsman at Rochdale AFC

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Rochdale celebrate promotion with civic reception

Rochdale players celebrate promotion during their League Two match at Spotland Credit: PA Images

The squad of Rochdale football club will gather at the club's Spotland Stadium for a parade this evening to celebrate their promotion into League One.

The team will travel in an open top bus and be given a civic reception in front of crowds at the town hall.

The bus leaves Spotland at 6pm and arrives at the town hall at 6:15pm and the team will appear on the balcony at 6:30pm

Mark Widdup, Director of Economy and Environment, is hoping everyone will come and show the team their support:

"The town is buzzing and we are encouraging as many as possible to come down and watch the team arrive at the town hall to show them our support.

Promotion to League One means a lot to the borough and we're hopeful of a large turnout.

It's been another amazing season for Rochdale Football Club.

The manager, players and everyone connected with the club have worked really hard, so we're delighted to help them celebrate their thoroughly deserved success.

They also want to thank the fans for their support."

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In pictures - Rochdale's promotion party

Rochdale's players celebrate promotion to League One. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Spotland is a sea of blue. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Manager Keith Hill salutes the crowd. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Dale's players grab a "selfie" Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The team and staff share in a song. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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