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Believe it or not, it’s that time again. A weekly round-up of the best community articles from across InYourArea, and a rare sighting of the Nantwich Nessie (pictured above).

Our community teams do their best to publish the most positive stories from your local neighbourhood each and every day, but it’s also nice to take a look at some of those positive stories from further down the road.

Let’s take a look at a few stories guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Walter Owen Evans and Maureen Mary Evans celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday, August 27.

They were married in St. Anne’s Church in Birkenhead, Merseyside over 60 years ago and have lived in the same house ever since.

When asked about how they reached such an impressive milestone, their son Lee said: “I’m not sure really. They’re both active and healthy, never smoked, never drank to excess. Maybe because he was an electrician there was always a ‘spark’ in the relationship?”

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Jenna Hughes from Llandudno Junction, Conwy is proving to her children that anything is possible with perseverance and dedication after receiving full marks from her Access to Health Care course.

Despite having two young children to look after, Jenna has always aspired to become a midwife and accommodated her personal life to ensure she could juggle time with the family at home and her studies at Coleg Llandrillo.

She said: “I started the course with the mind-set that it was going to be intense, but that it would all be worth it; sometimes you have to sacrifice a little to gain a lot.”

Well done, Jenna! Your hard work has paid off.

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Two kindhearted youngsters from Forest Town Primary School have given the ultimate gift to the charity The Little Princess Trust.

Isabelle Freezer and Grace Gibson, both nine years old donated their hair to the charity which create wigs made from real hair for children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Isabelle is super happy with her new hair! She said: “I have pink, purple, and blue spray in it as well! I am happy that I can help the Little Princess Trust and children who need hair for wigs.”

The students from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire were able to donate their hair with the help of the Samworth Church Academy salon.

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Retiree James Dargan has always enjoyed living life at an exciting pace and likes to prove that age is, indeed, just a number.

Married for over 55 years, James and his late wife Judy met at James’ former rugby club in 1963 and were engaged four days later.

An old romantic, James couldn’t wait to marry Judy. The couple wed two years later and have two sons.

Together, they would play badminton and squash, and even won gold medals in line dancing!

Now he begins his mornings with a cup of coffee and a session in the gym, around four times a week, pushing through leg and body weights and blitzing the bike.

Find out more about James’s life and achievements.

Liz Brennan, 15, has set herself a challenge to run, walk and cycle 870 miles – the length of the Wales coast path – to raise £1,600, which is enough to fund the training of a Childline counsellor.

She started her challenge on Tuesday, September 1 and hopes to complete the distance in four months, managing her runs, walks, and bike rides around her GCSE school work as she returns to the classroom for the start of the new academic year.

She said: “My family have been really supportive and we have spent lots of time together at home and we started to go walking and cycling, which made those stressful moments less of a nightmare.

“It’s made me realise that this isn’t the case for many children and young people, which is why I want to support the work of the NSPCC so they can still be there for children.”

Click here to learn more and support Liz’s journey.

Two keen cyclists have gotten a drenching while completing their epic 100-mile bike ride for charity.

Andy and Lewis Chappell from Barnstaple, Devon, along with Andy’s partner Ronnie Brennan and her daughter Olivia, completed the 100 mile bike ride for the Amber Foundation.

Andy said: “Being a local foundation for young people in trouble Amber really appealed to us as a company – it’s a really good cause.”

The group completed their ride – involving 5,000 feet of climbing – in six hours fifteen minutes despite driving rain for the whole 100 miles.

Read about their epic battle against the elements here.

Photos of a strange, fish-like creature have been posted on social media, amusing local residents in Nantwich!

The stern-looking six feet long orange and black coloured beast, known locally as Nantwich Nessie, appears to be a hybrid of the clownfish and the mystical Loch Ness Monster.

Sightings have been reported as far afield as Hurleston and Swanley.

It is not yet known if the weathered specimen is trying to find Nemo or migrating to pair up with the ‘shark’ that has been regularly sighted in Nantwich Lake!

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The Future Care Group care home residents have been growing sunflowers during the pandemic as part of an ongoing challenge to see who could grow theirs the tallest.

At an incredible height of four meters, a sunflower at The Boynes in Upton-upon-Severn was judged as the winner!

Regardless, everyone was able to enjoy the benefits of seeing their many sunflowers brighten up their gardens.

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