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24 February 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent Ex-Mayor calls for permanent memorial FORMER Mayor Ian Duckworth has called for a permanent memo- rial bearing the names of all Ro- chdale’s fallen soldiers, to ensure they are never forgotten. A book of remembrance bearing the names of those who served in World War Two is situated in the reception of the town hall, and the inscription on the Grade-I listed cenotaph was updated to include the words ‘all wars’ at Mr Duckworth’s request. Mr Duckworth, who retired from the armed forces in 1988, said: “Cenotaphs don’t have people’s names on, and I do not want them to be forgotten. “I would like to see their names memorialised forever, perhaps with a constantly scrolling screen col- lating their names, regiment and when they fell. It could be a great local history project for schools, re- searching the soldiers. “The screen, combining modern technology with the old, could com- plement the book, which only bears the names of those who fought in World War Two, yet 1968 was the only year a service man or woman has not been killed in action.” The idea has been warmly wel- comed by Conservative leader, Cllr Ashley Dearnley. He said: “This is a great idea and I support the notion of an update sim- ilar to that of the Cenotaph, which was Ian’s suggestion. “I will bring the idea to the next party leaders’ meeting.” Teresa retires after 40 years caring for others Teresa with colleagues at her special retirement event A LONG-SERVING Rochdale Borough Council employ- ee has retired after over 40 years’ work supporting thou- sands of the borough’s most vulnerable residents. Teresa Moore’s career began in 1976 when she joined the council as a carer in the long- term homecare service. After 30 years working in homecare, Teresa has spent the last ten years in the council’s groundbreaking STARS service. STARS ensures hundreds of elderly people retain their inde- pendence, following a stay in hos- pital, by providing hands on care in an environment of their choice. To celebrate her loyal service a special party was held, when colleagues past and present came together to wish her a happy retirement. Teresa said: “I have really enjoyed all of my caring roles. I love the fact that through my work I have supported people to remain at home and live as in- dependently as possible. “I would like to thank all my colleagues for all their support and kindness over the years, hav- ing great colleagues and manag- ers has made the role even more enjoyable. I have loved every minute of my job.” Cllr Billy Sheerin, assistant cabinet member for adult care, said: “Teresa has been a dedicat- ed, committed and loyal council employee who has done such a fantastic job over four decades of superb service. She has seen many changes but has always fo- cussed on achieving the best pos- sible outcomes for her service us- ers. It was a lovely celebration of her outstanding work and I was proud to attend. Happy retire- ment to a very special person.” New homes unveiled in housing pledge BOLTON’S housing leaders pledged to work together to increase the sup- ply and choice of affordable homes as they unveiled a new shared owner- ship development in Westhoughton. Council chiefs joined Bolton at Home representatives to see the new Park Grove development, which is under con- struction off Cricketers Way. It offers 21 two and three-bedroom homes under the shared ownership model, six of which have already sold. 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