The family of a teen who sadly lost his life following an incident at a Greater Manchester business have paid a touching tribute to him.
17-year-old Oliver Mawdsley died after being involved in a workplace accident in Bury last Thursday (8 February), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained, and since then a police investigation has been opened into the incident, and two arrests have been made.
A 41-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and gross negligence manslaughter, while a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.
Both men have been bailed pending further enquiries, GMP confirmed.
Following Oliver’s tragic passing, his mum, Samantha, has now paid tribute to “the most courageous, loving, and caring boy”.
Her tribute reads: “My brown eyed boy Ollie… you are my whole world. I just can’t imagine you not walking through the door, giving me the biggest cuddle, and sloppiest kiss with your big lips saying ‘love you mama’.
“You were always there for everyone. You were the best little brother to Coby, and the best big brother to Hector, and your other siblings. You were never shy to show your emotions in public. You were big and strong, but so soft with a loving personality. You protected everyone with your big, kind, caring heart, and your beautiful smile that lit up the room and everyone else’s heart too. You were always there for everyone else.
“I will miss every single piece of you. My heart is broken and I wish I could just bring you home with me where you belong.”
The tribute continues: “You had so, so much more to give to life, and you should never have been taken.
“Your life was just beginning. Me and Papa watched you grow from our beautiful little boy, to the most handsome young man. Your life was only just starting. You were saving to be able to buy the Crosser you always wanted, and your car insurance.
“Your face would light up the world when you spoke about all your hopes and dreams, and you would have achieved them all.
“You had the purest of hearts with the purest intentions. “Us against the world”, we would always say, from you being a baby still to this day.”
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Greater Manchester’s popular luxury steam train dining experiences are back next month
Greater Manchester’s iconic heritage railway is back hosting one of the most unique fine dining experiences in the region from next month.
It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and riding a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.
Wizard, Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaur, and Peppa Pig-themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.
But for the grown-ups, how does getting the chance to tuck into a four-course luxury meal sound?
Described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience”, ELR’s Red Rose Diners are undoubtably indulgent and unlike any other fine dining affair on offer – with diners not only treated to a feast, but also polished panelling, luxurious seating, and crisp linen while on board.
Running on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 March right through to November this year, Red Rose Diners start with a glass of fizz and stretch over an almost three-hour train journey through the Irwell Valley – including a four-course dinner with complimentary sparkling wine, followed by tea or coffee and after-dinner chocolates.
After something even more indulgent though? Well, the luxury only continues with the heritage railway’s Premium Nights, where “black tie is a must”.
One step up from the Red Rose Diners, and only running on a handful of selected dates throughout the year, Premium Nights are apparently “an even finer way” to enjoy the traditional Pullman-style dining experience.
Diners will first be greeted by live music from a classical harpist and violinist as they step on-board for a four course meal in luxurious surroundings, while a table magician will entertain throughout the journey, and end the night with a prosecco reception on the platform.
It’s described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience” / Credit: ELR
Tickets to East Lancashire Railway’s Red Rose Diner experiences are priced £69.90 per person, while Premium Nights set you back £99.
You can ride a wizard-themed steam train through Greater Manchester next week
The hugely popular wizard-themed steam train will be travelling through Greater Manchester once again next week.
It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and ride a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.
Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaur, Peppa Pig, and seasonal themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.
But by far one of the most popular experiences on the lineup has to be the chance to go on a ‘wizarding adventure’ where little Mancs can come together for a magical day of sharing spells and getting stuck into lots of magic-themed fun.
You can ride a wizard-themed steam train through Greater Manchester next week / Credit: ELR
Aspiring witches and wizards of all ages are invited to enrol in the spellbinding school of sorcery this February half term, as they take a “wacky and wonderful whistle stop tour” of the Wizard Academy and learn to become a master of mystery and magic during their interactive journey through the “Irwell Valley of wonders”.
During the enchanting 90-minute return trip that’s hauled by a genuine steam – and spell – powered train, you’ll take lessons in the basics of broomsticks, practice your potion making, be instructed in incantations, and learn to tattle and talk with a tawny owl.
Aside from wizard-themed tasks, there’ll also be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
The Wizarding Adventure is an “enchanting experience for all the family” / Credit: ELR
Food and drink will be available to tuck into from the café on Platform 3/4 at Bury Bolton Street Station, and from the Rawtenstall Buffet too.
It truly is an “enchanting experience” for the whole family.