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Rallying call to help brave fire crews tackling moor fires

An appeal has been issued for food and drink supplies for the firefighters
An appeal has been issued for food and drink supplies for the firefighters
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A Clitheroe woman is appealing to local folk to support brave crews fighting the Winter Hill fire.

The blaze on Winter Hill, near Bolton, which has a television transmission mast that broadcasts signals to millions of people, has been declared a "major incident"

Seven square miles of land between Tameside and Oldham has gone up in flames and blanketed the Greater Manchester region and beyond in smoke and ash.

As emergency services continue to tackle the fires, Ribble Valley woman Katei Blezard is urging local folk to show their true Clitheroe spirit and help to donate essential food and drink items.

She said: "Trinity Methodist Church, Parson Lane, is a drop off point from 9am to12pm tomorrow (Sunday).

"The volunteers have access to control points to deliver these items direct to firefighters, gamekeepers, farmers, mountain rescue and other volunteers."

Donations are required of:

Sandwiches

Sausage rolls

Pies/pasties

Water still/sparkling

Energy drinks

Cordial

Fruit juice cartons

Uht milk

Coffee

Tea bags

Sugar cubes

Crisps

Biscuits

Sweets

Energy bars

Baby/face wipes

Antibacterial gel

Paper cups