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Brave son saves firefighter dad in sea drama A NANTWICH schoolboy has saved his dad from drowning after their kayak capsized at sea. Firefighter Paul Rowlands owes his life to his 13-yearold son Joe after he gave him CPR following the incident off Anglesey. Joe, of Snowcrest Place, was kayaking inYnys Dulas off Lligwy beach on February 22 with his 50-year-old dad when their sit-on kayak started taking on water and capsized about a mile from shore. The firefighter righted the
kayak several times but each time it capsized. Eventually he realised that if he turned the kayak over it became more stable, so he did this and asked Joe to sit on top, planning to get on himself, but the kayak wouldn’t hold the weight of two. Paul then planned to stay in the water and kick his way to the shore, dragging the kayak together with his son back to dry land. But the 50-year-old station manager realised that they
were not moving. He said: “I realised our only chance of survival was to leave the craft and swim to a rock that was sticking out
of the sea and approximately half way between us and the shoreline, which was some half a mile away. (cont. on p5)
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by Jonathan White A WILLASTON man is taking on ten marathons in just ten days in memory of his father. Paul Dean, 37, will be raising money for the blood cancer charity Bloodwise, He is taking on the challenge from May 25 in tribute to his father David, and two friends Mark and Will, who all succumbed to the illness. Paul’s challenge starts in Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea and continues west over a distance of 262 miles, (26.2 miles per day), finishing in Llandudno on the North Wales coast. He said: “I first attempted this challenge three years ago. “Unfortunately, I suffered an ankle injury that meant I was only able to complete 100 of the 262 miles. “I have trained slightly differently this time and hope that the change in routine will help me to complete the event. “Last time I raised approximately £3,500.
Five tweets on Nantwich @nantwichjazz See Thea Gilmore at The Civic supported by the amazing Nigel Stonier !!! Friday 30th March - Tix £18 @stmarysnantwich We are waiting excitedly for the Induction of our new Rector this evening. @Mark__Hart @ stmarysnantwich @NantwichFB Our role is so much more than giving out food . It’s enabling people to get back on their feet and giving hope #morethanfood
“My target this time is to surpass that figure, I would love to reach £10,000, to match the ten marathons and ten days.” Matt Lawley, of Bloodwise, said: “We are constantly inspired those fundraising for us and the dedication of supporters like Paul.” To sponsor Paul visit www. justgiving.com/fundraising/ runningpeeps3
@PoliceNantwich Reports received of vehicle and occupants involved in theft from Nantwich. Patrols dispatched and vehicle swiftly located and occupants arrested good work by both local response officer’s and task force. #hereforyou @bls_pe We have @ RoyalMarines in today doing some team building and exercise sessions with students today!
Cadet launch A FIRE cadet unit is being relaunched for budding lifesavers at Nantwich Fire Station on Beam Street. Sessions for 12 to 17-yearolds wanting to learn firefighter skills and gain qualifications, while making new friends, will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Wednesday from April 4. Cadet units provide an insight into working within a uniformed service, offering an exciting and unique opportunity to develop both personal and social skills by promoting self-discipline, teamwork and citizenship. Cadets have the chance to learn the basic skills of a firefighter while participating in a range of activities in and around their local fire station. In addition to weekly activities at their local station, cadets can take part in activities during weekends and school holidays, such as camps and social trips. Cadet groups in Cheshire have even been on trips
to Northern Ireland and Germany. Vicky Wrest, cadet manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As a fire cadet you are treated as a young firefighter. “Provided with your own uniform, you will learn many of the skills of a firefighter at a weekly drill night at your local fire station while having fun and making new friends. “All we ask from you is a certain amount of discipline and commitment, just like an adult firefighter. “There has not been a cadet unit at Nantwich for a couple of years now and the cadet team are looking forward to its return.” Anyone interested should email cadet12@cheshirefire. gov.uk or call 01606 868490.
Car ablaze in field
FIREFIGHTERS dealt with a vehicle on fire in Nantwich on March 5. Officers attended the incident in a field off
Crewe Road at 6.40pm Crews used a jet to extinguish the flames, and a thermal imaging camera to eliminate hotspots.
Mayor’s quiz proves a hit
NANTWICH Mayor Penny Butterill hosted her Big Quiz this month to raise money for her selected charities. More than 160 people including local businesses and community groups came together to form teams at the quiz, raising some £1,200. The teams took on music, general knowledge, sports and picture rounds, with the 2016 winners, Vets R Us, once again racking up the highest
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Sea drama (cont. from front) “I was just thinking about keeping Joe safe. “He said he thought we were going to die and his final wish was a kiss from me. “Although I reassured him, the thought also crossed my mind and I feared for both our lives.” The pair kissed and Paul told his son he loved him and they set off swimming. Due to hypothermia and exhaustion Paul passed out repeatedly and at one point saw his son on the rock about 60-100m away. His last memory was thinking that Joe was safe. With Paul dropping in and out of consciousness Joe jumped back into the sea, swam to his dad and dragged him to the rock. He began chest compressions and water gushed out of his dad’s mouth. He then did mouth to mouth, followed by more compressions and on the next set of mouth to mouth Paul came round. Together they made their way from the rock to an island of rock with an open tower built for shipwrecked sailors. They took shelter there as Joe was talking constantly to keep his dad conscious. Paul remembers him asking random questions about
family members and at one point shouting at him to pull himself together, to keep him from fading. Paul thought they had been there for 15 minutes when they eventually heard the coastguard arrive - it was actually two and a half hours. Help arrived via mum and wife Julie who had reported the pair missing. She arrived at the shoreline to see them being winched into a helicopter, which took them to hospital. Paul said: “I would like to thank the RNLI for coming to our rescue that day. “Without this resource both myself and Joe wouldn’t be here today so I can’t thank them enough. “Joe also saved my life that day and was extremely courageous in a life and death situation. “As a reward I bought him the phone he’d always wanted, but I know I can never really repay him for saving my life and I’m extremely proud of him.”
Music festival returns NOW in its 22nd year, Nantwich’s Jazz, Blues and Music Festival returns to the town this Easter. The event kicks off on Thursday March 29 and this year features former Squeeze member Glenn Tilbrook (right) in a solo performance at the Civic. The Friday will see Thea Gilmore make a hotly anticipated return, while the Crown hosts a special performance by Both Sides Now who present a homage to the Joni Mitchell Songbook. There is a treat for blues fans on the Saturday with the now annual triple bill featuring Dr Feelgood, The Climax Blues Band and Walklate and Fuschi.
Cold start for spring lambs HUNDREDS of families braved the elements to visit newborn lambs at Reaseheath College this month. Reaseheath’s sheep flock put on a spectacular show, with
ten ewes producing 24 lambs within hours of the opening of the lambing sheds. Pictured are sisters Natasha and Imogen German with a newborn lamb.
POLICE are appealing for information following a distraction theft in Nantwich. Shortly before 11am on February 28 a 76-year-old woman was approached by a man and woman in Home and Bargains on Beam Street. Later the same couple and another man jostled her as she got onto a bus and the woman seemed to help by
steadying her. The victim later realised that cash and a bankers book were missing from her bag. PC Tom Ham said: “This is one of many tactics these type of offenders use to take valuables off unsuspecting shoppers.” Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101.
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the unique way she has captured the personality of her subjects. Using oil paint or specialist pencils, she has varied the style to suit each individual, to capture something more than a photograph could portray. Pictured is Cath’s portrayal of town mayor Penny Butterill. Entry to the exhibition is free. The featured portraits are not for sale but a limited number of commissions may be taken as Cath moves on to future collections of paintings, including equine and local wildlife for ceramic and giftware. • The venue is hosting a Spring Quiz Night in aid of museum funds Sunday April 15 at Crewe Vagrants Sports Club in Willaston. The event will be overseen by museum volunteer and popular quiz master Wyn Jones and will include a raffle. Entry is by ticket only, which cost £5 per person (including refreshments) and are available from the museum on 01270 627104.
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Dabbers felled in arctic clash at Weaver Stadium THE Dabbers fell to a 3-1 defeat to Halesowen on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Weaver Stadium. Two goals from experienced talisman Lee Hughes helped the visitors to victory. He opened their account as he played it into the area, and it looked as though Ivor Lawton had put the ball over - but the wind carried the ball back into the net. Matt Bell equalised for the Dabbers soon after through an excellent curling effort that found the bottom-left corner. Hughes however regained the lead for the visitors later in the first half, firing in a great goal from close range. The second half had very few clear-cut chances as the weather impacted on the game for major periods and the football was confined to
the middle of the field. Eventually Hughes put the final nail in the coffin midway through the second-half with another well-struck goal that would kill the game off. Manager Dave Cooke made a single change from the side that drew with Grantham in midweek, as Jordan Cole made his return to the starting eleven in place of Steve Jones. There were doubts about visibility prior to the game as snow heavily fell for the best part of an hour before kickoff, but the referee had no concerns and play went ahead without delay. Chasing the game in less than favourable conditions in the second half, the Dabbers showed spirit to create a late flurry of chances in the last ten minutes, but the horrible
AERIAL BATTLE: Clayton McDonald wins the ball (pic by Jonathan White)
conditions severely hampered their chances of getting back into the game. The visitors though were content to soak up pressure and Nantwich fell to their seventh home defeat of the season.
Mar 31 3pm Farsley C. (H) Apr 2 3pm Sutton Cold. T. (A) Apr 7 3pm Warrington (H) Apr 10 7.45pm Warrington (A) Apr 14 3pm Rushall O. (H) Apr 19 7.45pm Buxton (A)
The Dabbers currently sit 13th in the league.
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