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2 June 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent EDITOR: Mike Hulme E: PUBLICATION MANAGER: Jayne Meadowcroft E: ADVERT SALES: Barry Gallon E: T: 01204 478812 M: 07753 447397 CLASSIFIED SALES: E: T: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. Web: . | Phone: Karen Simpson 01706 368628 | Email: Our emphasis is on superb quality and customer satisfaction. Simpson Furniture provide top quality British & Italian suites, chairs & furniture - traditional, unique & contemporary! We also stock totally unique accessories that you won’t nd anywhere else! SHOWROOM: Church Place, Hartley Street, Heywood OL10 1LT Simpson Furniture Bury:Bury Market Hall, Murray Road, Bury BL9 0BJ F I N D E V E R Y T H I N G F O R Y O U R AT SIMPSONS FURNITURE Perfec Hom Just call in to see us at our showroom, we aremore than just a furniture store Tickets for celebrity chef demos on sale TICKETS to see the celebrity chefs starring at Bolton Food and Drink Fes- tival are now on sale. The annual event, organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi, will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 23 to 26) in Bolton town centre. The event, now in its 14th year is rec- ognised as the biggest and best food festi- val in north, with more than 274,000 vis- itors last year. The festival also won ‘Best Market Attraction’ at the British Market of the Year awards earlier this year. Celebrity chefs James Martin, Gregg Wallace and The Hairy Bikers will host a series of live demos and events, and tickets for some of their shows will go on sale first. Tickets are available from www.bolton- or www.quayt- Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers will showcase recipes on Saturday (Au- gust 24) at two cookery demos at 10.30am and 3pm. Tickets are £15 (£10 children). They will also be doing a special demo for adults only at 12.30pm with plough- man’s lunch and a tipple included. Tickets are £20. On Sunday, Gregg Wallace will conduct three cookery demos, priced £10 (£8 chil- dren) at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm. As well as demonstrating how to cook great food on a budget, Gregg will be joined by a special mystery guest for his lunchtime demo where guests will be treated to a fine-dining masterclass. Festival favourite James Martin will be notching up his 11th annual appearance at Bolton Food and Drink Festival on Monday with three demos. At 10.30am and 12.30pm guests can watch James’ demos complete with a hot drink and refreshments or enjoy a cream tea at the 2.30pm show. Premium seats, guaranteeing a space at the first few rows of tables, are £18 (£10 children). Regular tickets priced at £15 and £7 for children. Veteran Owen shines light on suicide for new campaign A FORMER soldier from Bury is fronting a major new campaign to get more people talking about and confronting the subject of suicide. Owen Dykes, 45, who twice came close to tak- ing his own life, has filmed a powerful video for the Shining a Light on Suicide campaign – www. shiningalightonsuicide. The father-of-two from Elton found settling back into civilian life extreme- ly tough after a distin- guished 24 year army career, which included ac- tion inwar zones likeBos- nia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Having lost colleagues in action, Owen was struggling with a raft of undiagnosed mental health conditions. And despite having the support of his wife and young daughters, he ‘fell into darkness’ and began to plan his suicide. A fam- ily friend recognised he might be suffering and suggested he speak to his GP. Said Owen: “I remem- ber the GP asking me look down on somebody and just tell them to get out of a dark place. You have to be prepared to sit with them, be patient and tell them ‘I’m here to support you, as soon as you want to talk, we’ll talk’. Shine a light into their dark place to give them hope and help them walk out of it.” The ‘Shining a Light on Suicide’ campaign has been commissioned by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to take the sensitive subject of sui- cide out of the dark and encourage everyone to talk about it in an honest, open and direct way, so no one sees suicide as a solu- tion to their problems. Owen, who works as a traffic planner in Salford, still struggles with flash- backs and nightmares from operational duty. But he is an active run- ner, often rising at 5am to get the best from the day, and is a hands-on dad for his two girls. He added: “I would urge anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts to just talk about it.” ‘are you close to suicide?’. I turned to jelly and I told him I was one step away from it. Everything poured out. “Speaking about it was the best thing I could have done, because from that point things began to improve. I received a proper diagnosis (PTSD, social isolation, survivor’s guilt and depression) and I was referred to the Bury Military Veterans Service for counselling, who have been my literal lifeline.” Owen is hoping that by coming forward with his story, it will chime with others who are suffering in silence, and those close to people who may be contemplating suicide. “We can easily look af- ter each other. Not just your family and friends – work colleagues, even people you see once a day. It’s taking the time to ask them how they are doing should you notice some- thing different.” He added: “You can’t Army veteran Owen Dykes