Over the past six months or so, you may have noticed some costumed heroes strutting their stuff in the streets of Bramhall. Spiderman, Mr Incredible, Wonder Woman and other well-known caped crusaders have all been spotted in and around the village, bringing cheer and excitement to residents young and old.
It seems the heroes decided that lockdown was the perfect time to give the day job a rest and come and see what all the fuss was about in Bramhall, which – as we know – is one of the friendliest villages in the country. The heroes liked it here so much that they decided to move in for a while – at least while on furlough – and have been spotted by many a delighted resident over the last seven months.
So it’s with great sadness that we recently received the news that Spiderman – arguably the most well-loved of all the heroes to have walked our leafy lanes – is hanging up his mask and bidding bye-bye to his beloved Bramhall.
It’s tough for heroes in today’s current climate and even Spiderman needs to earn a living, so after a nice long stretch with us here, it’s time for him to take those tingling spidey senses to pastures new.
We’re not used to heroes openly admitting their true identities but on this occasion, Spiderman is happy to reveal himself to locals – and we think it’s about time he received the gratitude he deserves after months of helping raise much needed funds and food donations for Chelwood Food Bank.
Bramhall’s Spiderman is, in fact, Qamar Nawaz, who ran the local Co-op on Dairyground Road until very recently. Shortly after lockdown began, a group of volunteers from Helping Hands Bramhall decided to lift local spirits by donning disguises and taking to the streets as their favourite superheroes, collecting donations for the food bank.
Qamar – aka Spiderman – was a founding member of the team, along with I Love Bramhall and some other well-known local faces, who appeared as their alter egos on our many trips down the side roads of Bramhall in both blazing sunshine and pouring rain.
We’d like to thank Qamar for his kindness and enormous help, along with our other superheroes Mr Incredible (David Double Decks Hird), Wonder Woman (Julie Widdowson), Batman (Jim Berrisford) and of course the wonderful drivers Jane and Anton.
Qamar, as a founding member of the team, who helped us raise a whopping £6,000 for Chelwood Food Bank in addition to hundreds of bags of donations, you will never be forgotten here in Bramhall. Whenever you decide to return, the heroes will be ready to assemble – in the meantime, perhaps you’ll reprise your role over in Bolton?! For now, it’s a fond farewell to our friendly, neighbourhood Spiderman.
You can still donate to Chelwood here