Mellor March News

May 2013: Mellor March on Pure Radio

Tim Easton's interview with Pure Radio was broadcast on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 11:30 am and repeated at 3:30 pm the same day. The podcast should be available soon at the Pure FM website (opens in a new window).

April 2013: A Long Walk completed

Huge congratulations to Dave Myers for his fantastic achievement of completing 'The Way of St James' in 25 days on 20th April 2013, and raising over £3000 for the Mellor March. Dave has a target of £5000 so let's all dig deep and try and get him over the line by May 5th when The Mellor March takes place. Thanks once again, Dave and also a big thank you to Debbie, Dave's wife for loaning Dave out for three weeks, looking after the family AND the business, Myers Tree Care, while he was away! Very well done Dave!"

March 2013: David Myers - A Long Walk

David Myers is walking 'The Way of St. James' - an ancient pilgrimage route which runs across northern Spain - in aid of the Mellor March local cancer charity causes.

The walk starts on 26th March at St. Jean de Pied de Port in France and ends 500 miles and a month later at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. David is undertaking the the walk unaided and on his own.

December 2011: Mellor 60

Mellor 60

For a year starting on December 18th 2011, a number of friends who grew up around Mellor and Marple will join the Queen in a year of celebrations: 60 years on the throne for HRM; 60th birthday parties for the Mellor boys. Rather than having gifts lavished upon them, those wishing to acknowledge the Mellor 60 birthdays are encouraged to support the Mellor March.

Make a donation right now via the Mellor 60 JustGiving page (opens in a new window).

November 2011: Mellor School Cheque Presentation

Mike Coutvriend receiving a cheque from the Head and pupils at Mellor School for money raised at the Mellor Show
Mike Courtvriend receiving a cheque for £1,600 on behalf of the Mellor March, from Mellor School headmaster Jim Nicholson and pupils Oliver and Alice. The money was raised at the Mellor Show.

Tom Jordan and The Mellor March

Sportsmanship, love of the game and a winning smile ensured Tom Jordan from Rowarth a place on any team, from school football to Mellor lacrosse. Then at 17 he confronted a callous cheat of an opponent, cancer, which destroyed his left knee. Three years later, its spread meant he had to lose his leg. Determined not to be beaten, Tom completed his law degree, secured a trainee solicitor position and returned to playing football. Now 26, he’s captain of the 20-strong national squad who recently took part in the WAFF amputee football world cup in Argentina. He even scored the first goal of the tournament, in the game Great Britain won 2-1 against Haiti.

"I presumed my sporting days were over," he says. "Just before my operation, the staff at Christie’s arranged for a former patient to come to see me. He was mad on football and told me he was still playing, with the team in Manchester, and the England side, and thought I might be interested. Having that lined up gave me a goal, something to focus on through my treatment and recuperation. As soon as I was fit enough I joined the Manchester club, which is the national hub of amputee football. Being selected for the team to go to the World Championships was only half the challenge, the other half was raising the money to get there. We had generous responses to our bucket collections in supermarkets and from company sponsorship, but as we got close to having to confirm our entry and our flights, we were still short."

Word that the squad might have to pull out of the competition reached the Mellor March organisers, who had no doubt that Tom qualified for a donation - he lives in this community and is affected by cancer - and contributed £2,000. That, along with an extra burst of support from local people and businesses, sent the team on its way.

"The trip was an amazing experience," Tom reports. "The tournament was held in Crespo, a two-hour flight north of Buenos Aires, and we stayed in a small town called Viale. Our accommodation was twenty beds in a church hall - not what Wayne Rooney and company would expect, I guess - but the people more than made up for the basic amenities. They were clearly proud to be hosting an international event and made us very welcome.

England squad at the Amputee Football World Cup - Argentina

"The Argentinians are very passionate about their football and we were treated like celebrities. There were crowds of 10,000 at the opening and closing ceremonies, and 4,000 or 5,000 spectators at each game. October is the start of summer there, so it was too hot to play in the day, kick offs were at 9.30 in the evening.

"Kids were chanting 24/7 outside our accommodation, asking us to sign their Argentina shirts or have a photo taken with us, and the older ones wanted to practise their English As we walked down the streets people came out and invited us into their homes, or asked us to come to their barbecues.

"We finished 7th in the competition, beating Ukraine 2-0 in the play off. We lost our three second round games, but we had drawn the toughest opposition with Uzbekistan, the favourites, who won, Russia and Brazil.

"One thing was rather strange," he recalls. "We realised there was a perception that the British team would be rather dour and surly, as if we didn’t want to be there, because of the Falklands and Maradona's 'hand of God' incident. But we must have shown how happy we were to be there, as people told us we were one of the friendliest teams and that they really liked us. We visited some primary school assemblies, with local English speakers interpreting for us, and we did a questions and answer session on the radio. So, quite apart from the football, if we have done our bit for international harmony, it was well worthwhile."

Tom Jordan
Tom Jordan