IMAGES of Winsford have been replaced on a calendar by smiling pictures of unsung heroes who helped the community through the pandemic.

Friends of Winsford Town Park had planned to use pictures of the town to illustrate the Winsford 2021 calendar.

John Malam, the group's chairman, said: “My background is in publishing and the Winsford 2021 calendar was going to be a straightforward job but then along came Covid and plans were changed.

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John Malam, chairman of Friends of Winsford Town Park

"Out went the photos of Winsford places we expected to use and in came portrait photos of 176 Winsford people who have helped get us through the bleak days of 2020 - doctors, nurses, teachers, carers, shop staff and volunteers.

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Estelle Calvert-Cook who works at Winsford Delivery Office

"I met many of them to take their photos, asked them to smile, and listened as they told me their stories of how Covid has affected their daily and working lives, a truly humbling, levelling experience."

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Vanessa Smalley from Ponda's Chemist in Dingle Walk

People across town went out of their way to support the elderly and vulnerable, families and people living on their own.

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Ron Stoneley and Charlotte Hough from Winsford Community Grocery

"I’ve been involved in several community activities in Winsford over the years and, of them all, this calendar is the one I feel closest to," said John. "It's been a privilege to be involved with the project and the outcome is an amazing, uplifting, positive calendar.

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Isa Arslan from Well Pharmacy in Dene Drive

"It's a record of some of the people in the Winsford community to whom we owe a massive thank you for keeping us safe and keeping Winsford working in these difficult times.

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Bob Althorp and Tammy Bray from Winsford Indoor Market

“When a mother told me she was buying two copies – one to pin up at home, the other to put in her daughter’s memory box along with other reminders of this exceptional year, I knew we had created something special.

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Jo Maddock and Louise Humphreys from Oak View Academy

“I’ve seen people turning the pages and pointing out people they know – ‘He’s our postie’, ’She’s my doctor’, ’That’s my sister’ are just some of the comments I’ve heard."

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Nicola Evans, staff nurse from Westwood Court Care Home

Eddisbury MP Edward Timpson has praised the group for their calendar.

“This is an excellent way of showing support for every single person who went over and above during the pandemic,” he said.

So far, 250 copies have been sold.

The calendar costs £5 (two for £8), and can be ordered by calling John on 01606 863540 or online at fowtp.co.uk/calendar. Copies will be delivered by hand to Winsford addresses.

Profits from sales will be shared between the Friends of Winsford Town Park and St Luke’s Hospice.