High praise for Carrbrook pair

TWO men who have done much to make sure Carrbrook looks better and coped better during the Covid-19 crisis have been recognised by one of the area’s highest citizens.

Terry Drabble and Gary Rothwell have both been recognised by Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Sir Warren Smith, for their efforts as the area attempts to get going after Covid-19 lockdown.

Terry Drabble

Terry, who is also working to create a community garden behind Carrbrook Community Hub on Crowswood Drive, received his accolade for going above and beyond to make sure people could get to doctor’s appointments.

He also gave out food parcels and even Easter eggs to those most in need and hit hardest.

Sir Warren wrote: “What you have achieved by continuing to work selflessly to assist vulnerable residents in the community by providing transport to attend medical appointments.

“You have very kindly sourced and distributed 50 Easter eggs and food parcels to families suffering hardship which has made a tremendous difference to the recovery in Greater Manchester.”

Even with that, the honour came as a surprise.

Terry said: “I was absolutely shocked to get the letter from the Lord Lieutenant, but really made up.

“I never thought anyone would take notice of what I do. I don’t think what I do is anything special really.

“All I do is help people where and when I can but it was really nice to get recognised.”

Gary, better known as head of Carrbrook Angling Club, has been behind an effort to completely transform Millbrook Dam.

The Correspondent also told how he helped pull a car out of a Carrbrook lake after it had been there for more than 20 years.

His recognition came after he organised a series of clean-ups in the area.

Sir Warren wrote: “What you have achieved by organising community clean ups with the support of 30 residents, which has resulted in the community working together, has made a tremendous difference to the recovery in Greater Manchester.”

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