Despite the blustery weather threatening to bring an abrupt end to the glorious summer heatwave, for many visitors and shoppers visiting Hyde on Saturday, activity on the Market Square was quite literarily buzzing!

This was the third, and possibly the largest and best attended annual ‘Blue Light Event’ which raised hundreds of pounds for a number of local charities and organisations.

Organised entirely by the stalwart volunteers who make up Hyde’s Town Team, the highly interactive show brought together many ‘front line’ services and community volunteer groups, and presented an ideal opportunity for the men and women in the emergency services to introduce themselves in a fun-filled relaxed environment to the general public.

On show were officers from: Greater Manchester Police and local PCSO’s, Police Cadets, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, volunteer members from Blood Bikes Manchester, NHS Foundation Trust, Be Well Tameside, Managers from GMFRS Prince’s Trust Team, health & Safety in the working environment training company, MEDISKILLS, POLICE CAR UK– a charitable organisation run by retired police officers, Members of the GMP Mounted Division and the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

Officially opening the event was Chief Superintendent Neil Evans; Territorial Commander for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, along with The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Denise Ward.

Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Stockport & Tameside GMFRS was also due to attend the popular event, but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute due to him having to attend the scene of a domestic fire which had resulted in a tragic fatality.

Chief Superintendent Evans said: “This was a fantastic event offering us a great opportunity to meet members of the public and for them to meet members of their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It’s given us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including children from the local schools, disabled, the elderly and members from all Hyde’s community groups in a relaxed environment”

Cllr Denise Ward, Tameside’s Mayor, on touring the stands and talking to the volunteers from the Town Team added, “The Blue Light Day in Hyde is a great opportunity for residents to see the important work all the emergency services do in and around the town. I’m really pleased to be joining them today for what is a fantastic and well organised event.

She went on to say that although the show was bursting with a variety of entertainment, it tells and underlines a serious message about how the police, fire, the NHS, ambulance service and the other emergency services work in a genuine and close partnership with volunteer forces to keep our communities, workers, shoppers and visitors safe; and not forgetting those vital charities who are here today that also need our continued support!”

* Hyde Town Team is always looking for volunteers to help out and get involved in a variety of events that promote the town centre.

If you are interested, please contact: Julia Harrison by email: julia@lee-print.co.uk