Norden's High Street Heroes
PUBLISHED: 16:10 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013
Photographer Glynn Ward visits Norden and finds a bustling community of quality shops
They say theres no excuse for boredom in Norden. Just who they are is anyones guess, but the strong community spirit makes you feel there is a ring of truth to it.
The cricket club has been going strong since the 1870s, the churches are centres for activity and the schools have good reputations.
This distinctive village sits in a rural location but it perches on the edge of Rochdale. It has a sense of history and a feeling of permanence and thats certainly true of the shopping centre where some of the businesses have been operating successfully for decades.
The quality and mix of these businesses has been one of those well-kept secrets that you get to know about by reading Lancashire Life every month. Retailing has been one of the driving forces to attracting more day visitors to Norden.
It has been long established as an area popular with walkers but if the traders have their way, the High Street will form a vital part of the route map.
Several of Lancashires smaller communities have managed to thrive because people are keen to visit small independent retailers and Norden has what it takes to continue as a vibrant place to visit and a popular place to live.
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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