15.6.07

Bury babies

I'm from Bury, Lancs (or Greater Manchester as it is now) and I always knew that Bury was famous for Sir Robert Peel, who invented the police, John Kay (any relation to comedian Peter Kay I wonder?), inventor of the flying shuttle, and Victoria Wood. I went to school with another relatively famous Burmunian, Peter Skellern. But I was amazed to find on the Facebook Bury Babies group a whole list of famous people from or with connections to Bury. Cherie Blair for example was born in Bury. Richmal Crompton, a distant relative of mine and author of the Just William books, was also born in Bury (Ramsbottom actually). Here is a selection of other notable people who were born or brought up in Bury: Celia Birtwell: textile designer and David Hockney muse Danny Boyle: film director Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of 10cc Anna Friel: former Brookside actress Guy Garvey and the rest of Elbow Reg Harris: world cycling champion Ralf Little: Antony from The Royle Family Gary & Phil Neville: international footballer twins Martin Noble of British Sea Power Mike Read: DJ Lisa Riley: Emmerdale actress Mark E Smith and other musicians from The Fall Ian Wallace: drummer with King Crimson.
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