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A fabulous rescue says the Mayor (1 of 2)

21 Mar 1980
Towneley High School, Burnley

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A fabulous rescue says the Mayor (1 of 2)
A fabulous rescue says the Mayor (2 of 2) (1)

The Mayor and rescuer Darren Copeman with the award, watched by (at the back) Cindy Owens, Grahame Chadwick, centre Cliff Ludlam, William Thorpe, Michael Wetherall, and front Jackie Christie. Also seen are Mr. R.R. Wells, Mrs. Smith and Supt. Lumsden.
The bravery and quick thinking of seven Towneley High School pupils which led to a life-saving rescue, was recognised this week by awards from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society. A special presentation was made to the youngsters at Towneley High School by the Mayor, Coun. Frank Bailey. The seven were Grahame Chadwick, 15, Darren Copeman, 13, Cindy Owens, 16, Jackie Christie, 15, William Thorpe, 14, Cliff Ludlam, 13, and Michael Wetherall, 16. During lunchtime at school they saw a woman fall into the River Calder which runs nearby. They dashed out, plunged into the Calder, which at that time was in flood, and managed to pull her to safety. As they did so, she mumbled that she was a diabetic and had collapsed. The children found the woman's handbag and gave her the pills she needed. At the award presentation, Superintendent Alex Lumsden, representing the Police, commended the young rescuers. The mayor presented a framed testimonial, which was accepted on the pupils' behalf by the school's head, Mr. R.R. Wells, and each one received a replica as well. The Mayor said, "I am very pleased to be able to make this award, the rescue was fabulous, it took a great deal of courage and was done without thought for themselves." A special award of letters of commendation from the school governors was made by their chairman, Mrs. A. Smith.

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