Letter: Nothing to do in Rochdale?

Date published: 06 March 2018

Dear Editor.

I have been to some great events in Rochdale this last month in Rochdale Town Centre area. On Friday 9 February I went to Touchstones to see a theatre production by a new young writer. The play 'Bare Skin on Briny Waters'. All written and produced and acted by young actors and brilliant and well-acted. Great for Touchstones staff using their building to showcase new theatre talent to the audience and general public.

Also, the following night, Saturday 10 February, I went to the Gin Festival at Rochdale Town Hall. Where various displays of gin and their traders explained the various gins on offer. Talks were also held on the history of gin and how it is made. A great night out thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Rochdale Town Hall.

On Friday night 23 February I went again to Touchstones to see Bernard Wrigley, who gave the audience a comical insight into Lancashire folk in song and monologues and verse. Again, a great night out and thanks again to the staff at Touchstones for arranging this.

So, when some people say there is nothing to do in Rochdale. I think they need to open their eyes and just see what Rochdale has to offer.

The Wellington in Rochdale, which at weekends puts on musical events, and also The Flying Horse which also does the same. The various new wine bars that are open and also on occasions will hold events themselves. Heywood Civic Hall that has various shows and concerts. All the exciting new restaurants and cafes that have opened in last couple of years or are due to open. Jazz on a Sunday held in Castleton. Then you get The Empire at Rochdale Town Square which has various themed nights at the weekend like an Abba tribute band, for example. Free to go in before a certain time.

Look at all the various entertainment that goes on during the day like lunchtime concerts that happen in various churches and other establishments in the area. Also living museums like Ellenroad Engine Steam Museum at Newhey. Also, the various sports and sport clubs in the area that also work with the community. Various art displays held at Touchstones and Littleborough Coach House.

Do not forget a lot of those mentioned are run by dedicated volunteers, who work hard behind the scenes in their own time to make sure events are held and visitors and families are entertained and enjoy the experience of the events held.

Also, the business owners in the area who work hard in their businesses and also in some cases sponsor events that are held in Rochdale.

So next time you moan about nothing to do in Rochdale, take a look around and go out and look you will find there is more going on in Rochdale than you think. You do not need to pay out a fortune either like you have to in Manchester.


Kenneth Hall

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Editor's note

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