What an unbelievable weekend it has been for the people of Rochdale! We managed to come together and celebrate the legacy of Gracie Fields through several fantastic events over the weekend.
It started on Friday night with the 1950’s Dinner Dance at Rochdale Town Hall and culminated with hundreds of people at Town Hall Square on Sunday to see the unveiling of the magnificent Gracie Fields statue.
The statue itself is absolutely magnificent with ‘our Gracie’ clutching her microphone on a granite plinth in the shadow of Rochdale Town Hall.
This is what civic pride is all about and it is weekends like this that make our town great. Special thanks must go to Rochdale Council who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point.
In addition to the Gracie Fields weekend, it was Rochdale Hornets who surprised us and the rest of the rugby league world by
toppling high flying Toulouse Olympique in their own back yard!
The win means they are promoted to the Championship for 2017. It is a remarkable achievement and has shown us how team
spirit and absolute togetherness can overcome financial success.
It well and truly puts Rochdale back on the Rugby League map and it is wonderful to see one of the original clubs back in the second tier.
It is great for the town of Rochdale and will provide us with a financial boost as we will welcome more people visiting the town to watch their teams.
Well done to everyone involved with the club from the directors to the players, coaching staff and support staff. It is a historic achievement and you should all be proud.