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Birds of prey fly in for New Year’s Eve

HAWKS AND OWLS: From 11am to 4pm on New Year’s Eve, 12 birds of prey will be on display by Rochdale Market.

Twelve birds of prey from Lancashire Hawks and Owls will flying in to meet Rochdale shoppers on New Year’s Eve.  

From 11am to 4pm the birds will be at Rochdale Market on Smith Street and everyone is welcome to see them. The birds are hand-reared and approachable, which means they can be  touched and can pose for photographs.

As well as the birds of prey, there will also be free children’s funfair rides from 11am to 5.30pm on the market area.

And until 3 January Rochdale Fun Park will be on Milton Street East Car Park with thrill rides, a ‘Frozen’ stage show, synthetic ice rink and more – for £5 per session and unlimited rides. (8pm close) 

The market family entertainment ends with a firework display at 5.30pm. Anyone out celebrating the New Year later will be able to watch a big firework display at midnight as Rochdale Town Hall clock rings the chimes for the start of 2016.

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Lancashire Hawks and Owls rescues and looks after birds of prey which cannot be returned to the wild. Remember to bring your camera or smartphone and feel free to make a small donation to this great cause. Everyone is welcome to come along for a look at these wonderful creatures!”

Mark Foxley from Rochdale Town Centre Management said: “There is always a certain magic at this time of year and many people will have more time to spend with family, so these attractions in the town centre are another reason to come in to town.”

The first three hours of parking in town centre council car parks is free.

For more details also search #RochdaleXmas on Twitter.

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22 Dec 2015