Cheshire events past and present

PUBLISHED: 12:27 13 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

Tim Curry

Tim Curry

Compiled by Jonathan Bacon

Road ahead looks good for Alderley Edge bypass
Construction of a new 52 million bypass for diverting traffic around Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley is on course to be completed by spring 2011. As part of its conservation efforts, the council has re-housed a badger sett and has been working closely with Natural England to ensure the protection of the local newt population. Screening mounds have also been constructed to reduce noise and limit the view of traffic for residents. Queries about the project can be made at the site office on Soss Moss Lane, Nether Alderley, every Wednesday morning between 9am and 10.30am.

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
Anyone with a penchant for award-winning sausages, home-brewed ale or the latest interior designs will find something of interest at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival at Chester Racecourse over the Easter weekend (Saturday April 3rd to Monday April 5th). Over 120 food and drink stalls will exhibit the very best produce from the region while a host of TV chefs including Simon Rimmer, co-owner of Greens in Didsbury, and Earle in Hale, will present cooking demonstrations. Visitors can also enjoy champagne and beer tasting. Elsewhere, a homes and gardens exhibition will feature everything from art galleries to furniture. Visit or call 01244 355474.

Run the Sandstone Trail
The Nantwich committee of the NSPCC will host a 10k run along the famous Cheshire Sandstone Trail on Sunday April 11th. Now in its fifth year, the race is a good warm-up for the summer marathon season, attracting keen runners and keep fit addicts alike. Entry is 10 and there will be prizes for the first three men and first three women, as well as a bottle of champagne for the most sponsorship money raised. The race will begin at Beeston Market car park at 10am. or call 01829 732994.

5 years ago
Tegg's Noses special commendation
Tegg's Nose Country Park was awarded a special commendation by Macclesfield Civic Society in April 2005 for improvements carried out to the visitor centre and around the park. The works included a stone 'toposcope' at the park's highest point a circular structure built by the artist Robert Sharpley which contains peepholes for people to pick out special landscape features. The addition of stained glass windows at the visitor centre, which depict the park and surrounding area, was also commended by the society.

50 years ago
The Cheshire Hunt remembered
A special celebration will be held at Alpraham near Tarporley on Sunday April 18th to mark fifty years of the famous Cheshire Hunt. Now known as the Tarporley Races, the event can really be traced back as far as 1774 when racing was first reported in the Chester Chronicle. Some of Cheshire's most prestigious residents have been the owners and jockeys including the Egertons of Tatton Park and the Leicester-Warrens of Tabley House whose horse The Smoker now lends its name to the pub at Plumley. Racing begins at 2pm following a marquee lunch. Tickets start from 20 per car. Lunch tickets are available by calling 07831 443 663. For details visit

64 years ago
Happy Birthday Tim Curry!

Tim Curry's mischievous air and rich, honeyed voice have made him a popular character actor of both stage and screen. Born in Grappenhall on April 19, 1946, Tim grew up in Warrington and attended Lymm High School, but later moved to London with his family. After graduating from university with an English and drama degree, Tim landed the flamboyant transvestite Dr Frank N. Furter in both the theatre and film version of the Rocky Horror Show. The role made Tim a cult figure, launching a string of crowd-pleasing roles that have included a recent part in the BBC drama Cranford.

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