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Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham visits Warrington Peace Centre

April 6, 2016 | Nick Taylor

Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham promoted a pledge to peace during a visit to the Warrington Peace Centre

The Mayor of Oldham, Cllr. Ateeque Ur-Rehman, and Mayoress Cllr. Yasmin Toor visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington to promote a campaign for peace.  They were joined by the Deputy Mayor of Oldham, Cllr. Derek Heffernan who is designated the borough’s first Peace Ambassador. and members of the Oldham Peace Forum.

Welcoming the Oldham delegation to Warrington were the First Citizen and Mayor Cllr. Geoff Settle and Mayoress Mrs Jean Settle.

The visit was arranged following the signing of a peace pledge by Oldham Council and the establishment of a Peace Forum within the town.  Oldham invited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace who agree to join together in supporting the pledge and the visit was organised to celebrate the signing and in a spirit of friendship between the two northern England locations.

The Mayoral party and Oldham peace activists met with the founders of the Warrington based charity, Colin and Wendy Parry, toured the Peace Centre and learnt more about the work for peace carried out by the Foundation.Mayor Ateeque Ur-Rehman said: “ I am absolutely delighted to visit the Peace Centre.

Mayor Ateeque Ur-Rehman said: “ I am absolutely delighted to visit the Peace Centre.

“The threat of terrorism that led to this initiative may no longer exist, but it has taken a new shape and I am pleased that the centre has adapted to the challenge of the new threats of terrorism and extremism and is dealing with this in a totally non-partisan way.  Please keep up the excellent work.”

Mayoress Cllr. Yasmin Toor said: “Thank you for the invite and for the warm welcome.

“The tour of this wonderful peace building, which is a very powerful symbol of peace and meeting the brave parents and family members who have experienced such a horrible situation but have still decided to spread peace, and spread a message of hope makes them true heroes.”

The Foundation works extensively across Greater Manchester and hopes to deliver some of its projects in the Oldham area and in support of the work being led by the Council and the Peace Forum.

For more information about the Pledge to Peace or the Oldham Peace Forum contact Richard Outran or visit

To read about Oldham’s Pledge to Peace:

Pictured: the visiting delegation left to right: Colin Parry OBE, Wendy Parry OBE, Mayoress of Oldham Cllr. Yasmin Toor, Mayor of Oldham Cllr. Ateeque Ur-Rehman, Mayoress of Warrington Mrs Jean Settle, Deputy Mayor of Oldham Cllr. Derek Heffernan, Mayor of Warrington Cllr. Geoff Settle, Peace Forum member Richard Outram, Foundation trustee and Oldham resident Graham Foulkes and Peace Forum member Maria Ellis

Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham