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Sci-fi fundraisers invade Stalybridge company

A Stalybridge chemical company welcomed some interesting characters last week when a group of Blake 7 troopers took over the site.

Stepan UK, located on Bridge Street, saw the arrival of a gang of Federation Troopers, who invaded the chemical plant before revealing their plans to crash land at the various Tameside Markets in September.

Noticing the plant had numerous similarities to their image of home, the Hyde Fundraisers, secretly disguised as Blake 7 characters, decided that Stepan would be the perfect place to stage a photo opportunity.

Along with them came the supercomputer ORAC, sent to thwart the appearance of the troopers before their invasion plan takes place.

This was a sight for all and fell at a time when the Tameside chemical company were celebrating their latest prestigious award.

The annual Chemical Industry Association awards hope to celebrate the achievements of many in the sector, crediting their hard work in an incredibly challenging year.

Chemical businesses have responded tremendously to provide the core materials and products to ensure the nation is able to function throughout the pandemic.

Stepan have no doubt fulfilled this quota after continuing to provide a high-quality service throughout the challenging times. Because of this, they were delighted to have been awarded the Company of the Year award.

George Forrest, site manager, was beyond proud of the win and the growth that Stepan has demonstrated over the last 12 months.

“We have won numerous awards, but this was the biggest yet because it touches on all the aspects of the site that make us who we are – from process efficiency to innovation, working safely to putting our people first,” he says.

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Janet Cooper and Consort Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick also attended the futuristic celebrations.

Councillor Janet Cooper beamed with pride as she presented the award to members of staff at the site, speaking of how she was also thankful for the hosting of the Hyde Fundraisers.

“I am delighted to be here to help raise awareness of Hyde Fundraisers and their forthcoming events in September.

“The volunteers have put a great deal of effort into creating amazing characters from film and tv to raise money for many good causes.

“I’m so pleased that the management here at Stepan UK are also giving them the opportunity to take photographs on site and contribute to the groups fundraising efforts.

“This also provides a great opportunity for me to congratulate Stepan on their incredible achievement of being awarded Company of the Year.

“The importance of this award is elevated even further when you take into consideration the pandemic and intense competition from many other businesses in the area,” she said.

The Hyde Fundraisers continue to make an appearance at various venues in Tameside, sharing their love for sci-fi and raising much appreciated funds for those who need it most.

You will be able to catch them at Hyde Market on September 4 and the Ashton Artisan Market on September 25.

You can read more on their fundraising efforts here


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