Stalybridge Correspondent May 2019 - Page 22

The bigger picture
Rob Purdon painting the mural
STALYBRIDGE Celtic are hoping
a massive mural painted on the
corridor leading from the dressing
room to the pitch at Bower Fold
will inspire their players.
It provides a glimpse into the
history of the club and also the
The mural is the work of Celtic
supporter Rob Purdon, 38, who
spent three days creating the sixmetre painting.
It begins with the club badge and
then features club legend Kevin
Parr, who made 333 appearances
goalscorer Harry Dennison and
nearest the pitch former kit man
Mark Storah who lost a battle
against cancer in April 2016.
your energy!
DO you think you could swim the
length of the English Channel (22
miles) in 12 weeks?
If you’re up for the challenge
and fancy raising money for
charity too, you can sign up
online and swim the distance at
any of Active Tameside’s four
25-metre swimming pools.
The Aspire Channel Swim is
open to anyone who is able to
swim competently and can raise
sponsorship money for Aspire
– the national charity for spinal
They are silhouetted on a
backdrop of a Stalybridge skyline
that makes them even more
Rob, who now lives in Blackpool,
is a charactuture artist who also
paints murals.
He did a charactuture of Celtic
manager Steve Burr that Michael
Beech, general manager and
football secretary, spotted.
Rob said: “Michael contacted
me to ask if I would do a mural on
the corridor.
“It is the biggest one I have
ever done and far removed from
the usual bedrooms with Disney
Rob revealed Michael sent him
old photos while he also carried
cord injury. Aspire provide
practical help to people who
have been paralysed by spinal
cord injury, supporting them to
become independent.
You can cover the 22 miles in
your own time, split between as
many sessions as you want, from
September 11 until December 4.
If you spread your swim over the
full 12 weeks, you would need
to cover 118 lengths per week in
a 25-metre swimming pool (22
miles is 1,416 lengths in total).
If you don’t fancy tackling the
challenge by yourself, why not
sign up and swim with a friend,
or a group of colleagues? You
can record your lengths on your
challenge page and share it, to
keep people up to date with your
progress and fundraising.
If you take part in the challenge,
you can win a prize from Zoggs,
depending on how much money
you can raise for Aspire. You can
also check the online leader board
to discover your swim ranking
and find out who else is taking
You can sign up for the Aspire
Channel Swim now and start
fundraising while you get in
some swimming practice in
advance, to prepare yourself for
the challenge. Once you have
out his own research.
The painting was done freehand
and took 33 hours to complete in
time for the Emirates FA Cup tie
against Chorley.
Sadly it didn’t inspire Celtics’
players sufficiently as they lost
3-1 as their disappointing start to
the season continued.
registered, you will receive a
welcome pack, which includes
an Aspire Channel Swim hat,
sponsorship form and a card to
record your swim distances on.
pools at Active Ashton, Copley,
Denton and Medlock are ideal for
carrying out your challenge.
You can swim once a week
or split it into smaller, more
manageable multiple weekly


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