OLDHAM borough mayor Cllr Jenny Harrison and her consort Cllr Shaid Mushtaq have had another busy week seeing the inspirational work being done in the town.

They were guests of the Blue Coat School Speech Night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, celebrating the success and achievements of its students.

The head teacher's report reminded the audience of the extraordinary lengths to which schools have had to go to ensure continuity of good quality education during the pandemic.

Musical performances were of a "very high standard" and former student, Jonathan Bielby, delivered an "entertaining" speech.

The Men's Mental Health Market Place event, organised by OCLActive was also a success.

There were representatives from different organisations and charities that offer a wide range of support for people struggling with loneliness, mental health issues, bereavement and more.

The emphasis was on men's health because men are, statistically, less likely to ask for help or talk to anyone when they are struggling.

Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men aged under 50.

Andy's Man Club was founded five years ago by the mother and brother-in- law of Andy Robinson, who took his own life at the age of 23.

It is a men's mental health charity with the message #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

It has expanded rapidly in the last five years, showing that a real need is being met.

The Oldham branch is one of the mayoral charities.

Last Tuesday, Cllr Harrison joined other mayors and young people from the region for the Safe Drive Stay Alive performance, aimed at young, inexperienced drivers.

The performance took the form of a video interspersed with live, first hand recounts by emergency service officers.

All have been involved in the aftermath of collisions which resulted in the death of young drivers and their passengers.

An A&E nurse added her story and it concluded with a very brave mum talking about the heartbreak of her family following the death of her teenage son, a passenger in a fatal collision.

The video brought the thoughts and feelings of parents and families whose loved ones had lost their lives through collisions involving young drivers.

Young people who had suffered life changing injuries added their words.