As summer gets into full swing, it’s wonderful to see communities pull together to brighten up our local area.

I’ve been particularly excited by two initiatives which are being championed by this very paper: Reddish Roaring, and Heatons and Reddish in Bloom.

Reddish Roaring is a sculpture trail which opened on the 10th of July and will run until the 4th of September. It’s been developed in conjunction with Wild in Art and supported by Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet. Local artists have decorated lion sculptures in their own unique style, which have then been placed in venues right across Reddish.

I’m really looking forward to exploring this trail – it’s a great way of bringing together local artists, communities and businesses, all while celebrating Reddish in a fun and engaging way. Ten artists have signed up to contribute to the trail, and I’m pleased to see that lots of local businesses are participating.

Heatons and Reddish in Bloom is aiming to bring colour and life to our local shopping areas. Anyone who knows me will be aware that I’m incredibly passionate about Civic Pride. There’s nothing better than walking through a town square that is welcoming and full of vibrant colours.

Over the summer, the Heatons Post Hub will be encouraging shops to decorate their premises with some form of hanging baskets or flower arrangement. I’d encourage any local business to get involved. Together, we can get Reddish and the Heatons blooming for the summer months!

Initiatives like these really inspire me. I know that when people come together, and do things as a community, real change is possible in the local area. So, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who is playing a part in developing community-led initiatives. You really are unsung heroes.

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