Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Community Festival We Can All Take Real Pride In

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Community Festival We Can All Take Real Pride In

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THEY say a community is only as good as its people. Levenshulme certainly came up trumps last week - yet again.

It hosted its first ever Pride Festival, and what an event.

From music and poetry events in its pubs and clubs, to tea parties, to awareness stalls and much more - everyone came out to show their support for inclusiveness in Levenshulme.

I have traded in Levenshulme for over 30 years and hopefully Levenshulme Pride can take it's place alongside annual events, like the Levenshulme Festival - which takes place this year from Friday, October 20, to Tuesday, October 31, and our annual Christmas lights switch-on, which takes places on December 1 - and the many more exciting events in our busy, cultural calendar.

I was proud to attend our colourful parade. And at a time when many areas are getting in the news for all the wrong reasons.

It was great to see Levenshulme yet again come together for all the right ones.

Many thanks must go to Jeremy Hoad and the Pride Committee.

Roll on next year.

Lawrence Hennigan, Chairman of the Levenshulme traders' association.

Blaming us pensioners FURTHER to recent letters regarding pensioners, the Tories are trying to turn the younger generation against pensioners, peddling the myth that we are well-off and have done well since the banking crisis.

This is a prelude to reducing or freezing pensions (as they did with benefits) - I will put the record straight.

The first act by the milk snatcher (Thatcher) was to switch the criteria that pensions are calculated against inflation to the lower figure, losing pensions up to £200 per anum. Since the banking crisis interest rates have remained at 0 per cent, decimating people's savings.

As for my fat public sector pension, for 40 years I paid 6pc of my wages into the fund and when I first started it - it was compulsory to join - I am now paying tax on that pension. …

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