Hyde shows off its pride

HYDE’S finest were given their due honours by being given Pride in Hyde awards.

Long-standing businesses, religious and community leaders and people who have gone above and beyond in the name of charity were recognised in the ceremony on Saturday, June 8.

In total, 19 commemorative plates were given out with Pat Drain, whose grandfather installed and opened the vintage roundabout on the town’s market place in 1919, among the winners.

Mrs Drain, 87, also worked as a teacher at Leigh Street and Pinfold Primary schools in Hyde, as well as St Anne’s in Denton before working as a supply teacher well into her 70s.

Terry and Shirley Evans, who between them have rescued 400 mistreated dogs, Imam Kamal Uddin of the Jamia Mosque, Peter Wright, chairman of the Festival Theatre and Ray ‘Spike’ Howarth, who has made sure every single Parkrun at Hyde Park – all 127 of them which he has run – is good to go also took to the stage.

Also among those picking up recognition were Rushi Munshi of Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Association and dance teacher daughter Ria and Barry Carey of Hyde Rotary Club.

He may not be a familiar name to many but he is the man who drives Santa around on his annual voyage around the area!

Florence Croce, who is battling a rare genetic disorder, and mother Jenny, who has helped raise somewhere in the region of £50,000 to help treatment and research into GM1, were presented with honours.

Even the place that hosted the event, POP on Corporation Street, did not go unnoticed as the woman behind its establishment, Jackie Francis, handed out thanks to the team of volunteers that have built it into a valuable community resource.

Other groups among those recognised were the Gee Cross and Brabyns Neighbourhood Watch and the Hattersley-based Tameside Bike Project.

“It’s the first thing I’ve ever been given,” said Newton resident Mr Evans, who with his wife worked at the Manchester Dogs Home for 17 years.

Mr Carey added: “It’s not just for me, it’s for the whole Rotary Club of Hyde, which has been going for more than 25 years and raises a lot of money for distribution to lots of charities in the area.
“I hope we’re going to be able to manage another 25 years.”

And Imam Uddin, who treated attendees to one of his popular songs that have seen him record two albums, said: “I’ve a passion to bring people together.

“My father suffered a heart attack in the mosque and died. His last dream was that I became Imam there, he wanted me to serve the community.”

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