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“Hope must win” – Wythenshawe head teacher’s defiant message following family’s terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school whose family were injured following  Monday night’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena has spoken about their ordeal.

Manchester Enterprise Academy principal James Eldon praised NHS staff after his wife underwent surgery following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

Mr Eldon also praised a taxi driver who drove his wife to hospital. Mrs Eldon was at the concert with their daughter.

The family’s ordeal comes just weeks after Mr Eldon himself was caught up in the Westminster attack. Mr Eldon was in the House of Commons when a man drove into tourists on Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer in March.

Manchester Lord Mayor pays tribute to victims of “most horrific incident” faced by the city

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Manchester’s Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman, has paid tribute to victims.of the bombing in the city which has so far left 22 dead and dozens injured.

And the William Temple Church in Wythenshawe Civic Centre, Simonsway is open this morning or anyone who would like to light a candle, or spend time in reflection and prayer.

 

The city council’s deputy leader and fellow Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy added:

Greater Manchester Police suspect the attack, in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert by the singer Ariana Grande was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack conducted by one man. In a statement, he said: ““This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.”

Organisations and people across Wythenshawe have given their reaction  to the events on social media, including councillors, schools, colleges, sports clubs.

Entertainer Rowetta,  expressed solidarity with the victims.

Manchester’s new Lord Mayor makes appeal for mutual respect

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Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman has begun his year in office as Manchester’s new Lord Mayor with a message to promote unity and mutual respect in the City’s communities.

The Liverpool-born former Member of the European Parliament has lived in Manchester since 1974 and has been councillor for Woodhouse Park since 2002

Eddy worked as a postal officer, and was elected a representative for the Communication Workers Union in Greater Manchester in 1979.

He first served as a Manchester Councillor for Blackley from 1979 to 1985, and then as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Greater Manchester Central from 1984 to 1999.

As an MEP Eddy led a campaign against the waste of the ‘Food Mountains’, demanding that the food stored there should be distributed to the public. Later he became Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee of Petitions.

Since his return to Manchester City Council in 2002 Eddy has represented Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe.

He has specialised in housing and health, as well as representing his constituents on a range of matters.

He said his proudest achievement in local government has been working with colleagues to secure a thriving youth, community and sports centre – the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre which opened in 2006.

Eddy became the city council’s Executive Member responsible for housing from 2004 to 2008 and has been Chair of the Boards of Willow Park Housing Trust and of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He also chaired the city council’s Health Scrutiny Committee from 2011 to 2015.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of Blackley

and Woodhouse Park during my time as a councillor and it will now be an honour to represent all of Manchester as Lord Mayor.

“I look forward to engaging and connecting with the people of Manchester during my term. I’ve been a lifelong campaigner against racism and am proud to be able to represent Manchester, a welcoming, inclusive city that celebrates all of its diverse communities.”

Councillor Newman was a member of Manchester City Council’s Community Cohesion Board from 2007 to 2012. His theme for his Mayoral year is to promote community cohesion and mutual respect amongst and between Manchester’s diverse communities and individuals.

Eddy is married to Sheila, who is a Councillor for Chorlton. They have three grown-up daughters.

His daughter Naomi will serve as Lady Mayoress for the first six months of his term, and his wife Sheila will serve as Lady Mayoress for the second six months.

 

Fire crew who saved Wythenshawe Hall return as work steps up to restore historic building

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The fire crew who helped save Wythenshawe Hall from fire devastation have visited the historic building a year on as work begins to repair the roof and exterior.

The fire could have been end for the much-loved building had it not been for the heroic efforts of Greater Manchester Fire Services officers, who battled through a March night last year to prevent the destruction of the largely timber-framed medieval hall.

Despite these efforts, the fire caused a large amount of damage to the roof and several key rooms at the hall, and smoke damage through large portions of the property. Read More…

Manchester stands with London in tribute to terror attack victims

WythenshawCllr-Sue-Murphy-2012-190x190e councillor and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Sue Murphy has announced a vigil will take place tonight at Manchester Town Hall in solidarity with the people of London and in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were injured during yesterday’s attack.

During the vigil on Albert Square, the town hall will be lit red, white and blue, and the flag will fly at half-mast in tribute. Read More…

Wythenshawe school principal back home after Westminster terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school is back home safe with his family after he was caught up in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster.

James Eldon, Principal of Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe, was in the House of Commons as the horror unfolded in which five people died 40 were injured.

Mr Eldon was meeting with Education Minister Nick Gibb MP to discuss the Academy and education issues. Read More…

Man killed in Wythenshawe crash “died a hero”

A man who was struck by a car in a road accident in Benchill earlier this week has died.

Paul John, from Wythenshawe, died in hospital last night, following the accident on Tuesday when he was struck by a Kia Picanto on Woodhouse Lane at the junction of Hollyhedge Road in Benchill.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the dad died a hero by pushing his nine-year-old daughter out of the way of the car to save her life. The youngster suffered only minor injuries following the crash.

Mr John, 47, also donated all of his organs to give the gift of life to others.

 

The Picanto, driven by an 88-year-old man also struck a 27 year-old woman with her two-year-old son who was in a push chair.

 

The woman was treated for a broken wrist but the boy was uninjured.

The driver of the Kia remained at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries. No arrests were made.

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