Historical Timeline


March 9, 2000 - The Co-operative Wholesale Society and the Co-operative Retail Services merged to create a £4.7 billion business that runs supermarkets, banks and funeral parlours.

May 19, 2000 - 55 year-old John Davies, a former homeless person, was awarded the Regional Award for Lifetime Learning from the National Association for Adult Learning. Davies was homeless, divorced, unemployed and in ill-health when he sought refuge at the Salvation Army Hostel in Rochdale. The award recognized the work that he has done to acquire qualifications that are helping him to turn his life around.

May 24, 2000 - The Swing Cottage Guest House, in Littleborough, was presented with the "Bed and Breakfast of the Year Award" at the annual Northwest Tourist Awards.

June 16, 2000 - Two Rochdale area men awarded O.B.E.'s. Geoffrey Eldridge - for his work as Administrative Officer at the Department of Social Services and James Marshall - for his services to Rochdale Heartbeat.

August 18, 2000 - Fire at the Rex Mill in Middleton, next door to British Vita Foam.

Images shown with the permission of Jeff Mills

September 4, 2000 - Police in Rochdale investigated the brutal murder of 65 year-old Ellen Jawczak whose body was discovered in an alleyway in Deeplish near Rochdale.

September 8, 2000 - Computer services entrepreneur and philanthropist, Peter Ogden, provided Balderstone Community School with the £50,000 they needed to apply to the Department of Education to win specialist technology college status.

October 30, 2000 - The final 7 miles of the Manchester orbital motorway were opened. The new stretch of motorway links the former M63 near Stockport to the Trans-Pennine M62 at Middleton, in Rochdale.

December 15, 2000 - A gang of four men with strong Scottish accents robbed a newsagents owned by Bill Bennet on the Edenfield Road in Norden. Two of the gang were senior citizens aged approximately 70 and it was one of them who distracted Mr. Martin by asking for assistance in finding a Christmas card. The gang escaped with £960 in takings from the shop.

January 7, 2001 - A 7 year-old girl from Rochdale was tragically killed when she plunged 210 feet down a waterfall in South Africa, despite her mother's desperate attempts to save her.