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Tribute to Rochdale's VC hero of the Crimea

Private Anthony Palmer VC.
Private Anthony Palmer VC. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A street in Heywood is set to be renamed in commemoration of Private Anthony Palmer, a Crimean war hero and Victoria Cross recipient, who is buried in Heywood Cemetery.

A heritage sign will be unveiled on Wood Street, outside Heywood Library, to mark the official renaming of the street to ‘Private Anthony Palmer VC Parade’.

Private Palmer was born on the 10 March 1819 in Brereton Green, Cheshire.

He joined the British Army and served with the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards during the Crimean War between 1854-1856.

He is buried at Heywood Cemetery, in a family plot with father James and mother Mary Rachel.

The citation on his gravestone reads ‘An upright, valorous, god-fearing hero much beloved’.

Following the War, he was presented with the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour, by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park in London in June, 1857.

Private Palmer is also believed to be one of only 13 recipients of the Bentinck Medal for Gallantry.

First presented by Major-General Sir Henry Bentinck, KCB in 1855, the medal recognised Guardsmen who had performed outstanding service, at a time when insufficient official awards for gallantry were available.

After leaving the army in 1863 he rose to become the Head Constable of The Millwall Dock Company.

He died on 12 December 1892 at the age of 73, in Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester.

The unveiling of ‘Private Anthony Palmer VC Parade’ follows that of ‘LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way’ and ‘L Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way’, in recognising servicemen associated with the borough, who have received awards for their gallantry.

The street renaming is one of a host of events across the borough this year commemorating the sacrifice of British service personnel.

The Bentinck Medal for Gallantry.
The Bentinck Medal for Gallantry. Credit: Rochdale Council.

“Private Palmer’s story is one of gallantry and selflessness, he is buried in Heywood and, as such, we have an obligation to preserve his memory and to recognise his incredible heroism.”

– Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces, Rochdale Council

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Lee Rigby's mum 'wept' when she heard of Foley killing

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in the street last year by Islamist fanatics, "wept" when she saw the news about the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's mum wept when she heard about US journalist James Foley.
Fusilier Lee Rigby's mum wept when she heard about US journalist James Foley. Credit: Reuters

Lyn Rigby told the Sun on Sunday (£) that the American's violent death brought back nightmarish memories of her son's killing.

She said: "The moment I saw the news about James's beheading, I felt my heart turn over and I just wept."

She added that she supported calls from Foley's parents not to watch the fanatics' video, saying: "By refusing to watch, you are making a stand against the terrorists who are trying to push a nasty and violent agenda."

Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old father-of-one, was knocked down by a car near Woolwich Barracks in south east London and subjected to a frenzied knife attack in broad daylight. Michael Adebolajo and fellow extremist Michael Adebowale were this year convicted of his murder.

Results on the up for Wigan students

Wigan students jumping for joy.
Wigan students jumping for joy. Credit: Wigan Council

Students in Wigan helped the borough’s colleges and sixth forms celebrate some of their best A Level results to date.

Over 6,000 students received their A Level, AS Level and BTEC results from the borough’s five colleges and sixth forms after a nail-biting wait since taking their exams at the start of the summer.

Overall results show that the number of students achieving A* to E in two or more subjects in the borough has increased to 95 per cent, compared to 94 per cent in 2013.

"I’d like to congratulate all of our A Level students, whose hard work and dedication has paid off and those who teach them, for helping them succeed.

"I’d also like to wish them luck in whatever the future holds for them.”

– Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council.

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Year-on-year improvement for Manchester students

Students jump for joy.
Students jump for joy. Credit: PA

A-level students in Manchester have helped the city improve its year-on-year results.

Those achieving an A* increased from 5.3 per cent in 2013 to 8.3 per cent this year – beating the national average of 8.2 per cent.

Cllr Sheila Newman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “Results day is the culmination of a pupil’s education experience and the end of more than a decade of study to arrive at this point. That is a momentous achievement for any young student.

“This year’s result reflect that hard work and dedication shown by both the pupils and teacher’s in the city’s schools – enabling students to get great results and go on to succeed and make a contribution to their communities.”

Weatherhead students in 100% pass

Weatherhead students parade their results.
Students at Weatherhead High School. Credit: Weatherhead High School

Weatherhead High School in Wirral welcomed a 100% pass rate for all students with over 40% obtaining top scoring A* to B grades.

Over 120 students secured places at the university of their choice.

"It is a very rewarding day to see so many of our young people achieve their ambition after so much commitment and hard work.

"With 100% pass rate and most students securing grades for their first choice places at top universities, I am delighted.

"The governors would like to thank all staff for their focus and support that has led to these achievements. And congratulations to all our students.

– Neil Dyment, headteacher of Weatherhead High School

Joy for South Cheshire students

Students celebrate at South Cheshire College.
Students celebrate at South Cheshire College. Credit: South Cheshire College.

South Cheshire College said its students achieved an outstanding set of A-level results.

The college in Crewe earned an overall A-level pass rate of 99.7% and 82% of A-Level passes were achieved at grades A*, A, B and C from 861 A- Level entries.

Almost a quarter of students achieved A* and A grades and 37 out of 40 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates.

In English Literature, a third of students who took the qualification celebrated the top A* grade.

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