This week I'm the guest blogger over at The Levenshulme Daily Photo, and I thought I'd take a few portraits of local folk, because that kind of fits with the lovelevenshulme people-making-a-difference thing. Only, when I eventually made it to Noel at Ross Fireplaces, the penny dropped that I hadn't replied to his wife's email from back in November. Which is simply not on, and I can't offer any reasonable excuses. I was genuinely sorry when I realised I'd not replied.
So, Caroline, I hope you'll accept my genuine apologies. And here, long overdue, is her email about one of Levenshulme's unsung heroes:
Hi Matt & Lovelevenshulme.com,
Thank you for the lovely postcard you presented my husband with @ Ross Fireplaces Stockport Rd. It was very thoughtfull and kind... Noel is a very warm hearted person and asks for nothing in life. He is dedicated not only to his family but also to his work and believes that Levenshulme has the best people in it...
His day can be of allsorts from saying hello to a stranger to saving a fallen cycist on the busy A6. It was just last year that there was a young boy from levenshulme that had saved for months for his bicycle, only to have it stolen weeks later, it was in the paper. Noel rang the M.E.N and asked them to contact the boy. Noel then took the boy and his mum to the bicycle shop and bought him a brand new bike. Nobody knew, he asked the paper not to print his good deed. But what he did get was a lovely thank you card from the boy, that was worth more than money.
His good nature has been endless and the poor and those less fortunate have before now been handed Noels packed lunch. If the world had more Noel's, then it would be a much happier and peacefull place to live. He declined photo's from you but after consideration and a nice talk from the boss (me) he has agreed for you to take pictures of him at work if you would like to do so, just pop and see him.
He will be on the TV on Tuesday November 17th Sky channel Uk home 10pm. Its a do it up programme and they filmed in Levenshulme at the shop in the summer.
My daughter (Natalie Coward) is also a new local author. Her book 'Full Moon a new beginning' is now on sale in Tesco and on Amazon, it is a teenager read, based on werewolves, spells and powers. The teenagers are seeming to love it... I am hopefull it will be a hit (you may have seen the posters knocking about levenshulme in the shops.)
Anyway, thank you again, and thank you to lovelevenshulme.com, I'm glad that we are part of it.