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Pat Jones on New Year

1st January 2021 @ 12:32am

Happy New year everybody. Let us get back to normality soon.

Billy Gibbons on "Watch" the Fireworks

1st January 2021 @ 12:12am

As much as I dislike fireworks, I can't help but see and hear them as I let the New Year in here at home. This year though was totally different. I could hear them (unfortunately) but...see them? No. I know as I'm getting older, things are starting to fail me but my eye's aren't so bad that they wouldn't allow me to see the fireworks. As a matter of interest; where were they let off from? I can only assume a long way from Audlem. The noise would dictate otherwise though.

Bob McClintock on Planes and Fireworks

31st December 2020 @ 8:35pm

How exciting on Chatbox today . Diverse opinions on both subjects . To conclude on a lighter note . May I suggest that the Foche might have been a Messerschmit I really hope the spellings are correct Happy New Year everybody

Maria Fox on Flypast

31st December 2020 @ 5:37pm

I think the plane that flew over today was actually the Russian YAK 11 WW2 Fighter that is based nearby at Sleap airfield in Shropshire. We have seen it there and It has overflown the village a number of times in the recent past and I think there are previous AOL articles about it...perhaps the pilot has a friend or relative here in the village, as every year we get at least one visit, great to get one on New Year's Eve.

Nigel Mottershead on Flypast

31st December 2020 @ 2:55pm

Ah – so that's what it was! I couldn't make it out and it sounded different to a Merlin engine.
It looked marvellous banking round in the blue sky. Thanks to whoever it was and Happy New Year when it comes.

Peter Morgan on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 2:31pm

On hopefully a more positive note and bearing in mind the need to become carbon neutral (whatever that really means) by 20diddly squat, as politicians inevitably move the goal posts or revise the definition, is there not a viable alternative to fireworks in the form of a lazer display, with or without musical accompaniment? I can imagine the use of drone technology to lend itself to future displays. A more ethical use of technology than that of dropping bombs on people although, naturally it is a poor second in our current world. Meanwhile, not being a great fan of fireworks myself, having nearly killed my sweet cousin Ruthie whom I prevailed upon to light the fuse of a home made rocket that I built back in our childhood- I was in mission control you understand- I thank Ralph and team for all their efforts over the last twenty years. People who do.

Peter Morgan on Flypast

31st December 2020 @ 2:23pm

At 12.30 today I was lucky enough to be in the garden to witness the Hawker Sea Fury do a couple of swift circuits over the village, its Bristol Centaurus engine roaring out a fitting end to 2020 What a beast of a plane. The last time I saw one flying was in the mid sixties. How time has flown.

Brittany Wright on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 1:30pm

Good on Ralph for trying to bring some happiness into the village and wave good bye to the horrible year we have all had. I understand people are worried about crowds gathering but if people use their common sense they will stay at home and watch the fireworks from their own gardens. Embrace the new year and be thankful you get to see it as some people won't get the chance.

Ann Tilling on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 12:27pm

Perhaps the car causing all the trouble on Shropshire Street is marking his spot from which to watch the fireworks. If everyone is sensible tonight and remains in their own home or even at a vantage point in their own car bubble then all might be well. Stay calm and remember I can't remember the other thing but common sense and concern for others is a good maxim.

Wes Lechley on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 11:58am

I greatly admire all the work that Ralph has done for the village over the years, and it's regrettable that there is rancor over this event. However, I would not wish any unpleasant consequences to follow from this proposal (some are referring to the police). It would seem to be in breach of Tier 4 rules, the first of which is "Stay at home" – if you live in Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a 'reasonable excuse'. Watching or letting off fireworks won't count as such. How about leaving it until spring when the bulk of the vulnerable will have been vaccinated?
I think it would be advisable for AudlemOnline to issue a "stay away" warning.

Helen Measures on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 11:32am

Fireworks on new years eve is NOT a long standing tradition in Audlem. It was supposed to be a one off for the Millennium. We live in the middle of the village and we have two dogs who will be petrified and traumatized for hours not the 2 minutes that Ralph predicts.

We do not normally complain and whinge and appreciate that a lot of people enjoy the New Years celebration on the Square and for this reason we go away from the village every New Years Eve . The Law tells us that we cannot do this this year so we will abide by the rules.

This year therefore we will be trapped with two traumatized dogs unless we break the law... whilst it seems that Ralph and his assistants can ignore the law with impunity. Why can't the fireworks be put off for 12 months like everywhere else?

Nigel Young on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 10:30am

Not sure who Sidney is, maybe he's related to Sid from the old British Telecom "If you see Sid tell him" adverts. Anyway I'm looking forward to watching tonights fireworks, safely, maybe even sat in my car. So thanks to all that contributed, financially and physically. Lets hope for a quick successful Covid vaccine rollout and a great 2021.

Peter Johnson on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 9:55am

Unless Ralph lets off the fireworks from his home (and they are domestic fireworks ) and home regulations are met AND he removes the incitement to " gather in the square" I think Ralph and landowners and attendees may be in some difficulties with the Cheshire Constabulary .
None of us like these rules but we abide by them. Why can't Ralph wait 12 months like everybody else or do they think that they are above the law?

Sue Fousert on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 9:16am

Unlike my husband, I have never felt the urge to write into AOL as I'm a believer in 'live and let live'. But in this matter I have to say that I whole heartedly agree Andrew and Jeff. Contrary to what some may think, Audlem is not the centre of the Universe and to fly in the face of national advice and guidance is an act of total irresponsibility and dare I say arrogance. I sincerely hope that there will be a rethink and that common sense prevails.

Andrew Carr on New Year's Eve 2020

31st December 2020 @ 8:47am

In today's AOL headline article, Ralph's suggestion that Sidney (sic), New York, Singapore & London should "look out" for the Audlem fireworks display may fall on deaf ears. Half of those venues have, sensibly, already cancelled their annual displays – for obvious reasons.

Jeff Price on New Year's Eve 2020

30th December 2020 @ 7:25pm

I am fairly indifferent to the fireworks on New Year's Eve but am I right in thinking that if more than thirty people gather in the Square, having been told that it is the best place to see the fireworks, then the organiser of the event is breaking Covid regulations and could be subject to a £10000 fine? I only post this to suggest that this needs looking into for the protection of the people involved.

Judy Evans on Please Move This Car

30th December 2020 @ 1:07pm

This car has now been parked outside our shop (Williams) for 2 days and is a regular fixture on Shropshire St over the past couple of months. The Community Officer I believe has already spoken to him some time ago, and we have also asked his Landlord several times, as it frequently inconveniences our newspaper & coal deliveries (as well as affecting our business). Sad to report all to no avail.

Ann Tilling on New Year's Eve 2020

30th December 2020 @ 12:57pm

When I put my comment up I was objecting to the tone of the criticisms of Ralph in particular. Over the years I have been consistently lukewarm or even ice cold re fireworks but I do think this year in the absence of bells and the promised short duration it is a way of marking the passing of an annus horibilis.
All the best for 2021 but being a pessimist seems to be a forlorn hope.

Andrew Carr on New Year's Eve 2020

30th December 2020 @ 12:49pm

Well said David Parry – I agree with you wholeheartedly, and it is totally wrong that you should be stigmatised for presenting your own (requested) opinion. In the current circumstances I believe it is both reckless and irresponsible to encourage people to gather for such an event, but I also respect that others might have a contrary view.

P.S. – Headline article on AOL today – "COVID cases soar in Cheshire East"

Lynne Smith on New Year's Eve 2020

30th December 2020 @ 12:34pm

I agree with Mr. Parry It is inappropriate and irresponsible to encourage people to gather in the Square. The hospitals are at tipping point and cases are escalating at an alarming rate. Why have celebration now? Why not keep safe for a few weeks until the vaccinations kick in and then we will all have something to celebrate? We need to protect our villagers and the NHS.

Denise Harrison on Please Move This Car

30th December 2020 @ 10:45am

Yes we did. But didn't know how long it would take for the owner to move it. Reaching out to anyone else who may of known who car it was. All sorted now thank you

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30th December 2020 @ 10:01am

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David Parry on New Year's Eve 2020

30th December 2020 @ 8:21am

I only ever expressed an opinion on this under my own name and when invited to do so. I remain of the opinion that fireworks are inappropriate as is encouraging gatherings in the village but I do understand others think differently. Not sure I qualify as a wet blanket or gainsayer when i was invited to express an opinion – or was it only expressions of support that were invited?!

Bob Fousert on Please Move This Car

29th December 2020 @ 7:30pm

The simple answer is to inform our PCSO or local Police Officer who can PNC the number plate and contact the owner to move it.

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29th December 2020 @ 6:08pm

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