Why is there a carving of a large bird outside Church?
That is a special carving in memory of Tommy.
Who was Tommy, was he famous?
Tommy was a local man he lived near church all his life. He was a keen Man City supporter and loved to go to Longsight Market.
So why do we remember him?
Tommy became ill in the middle of his life and he had to move into a home just across the road to be looked after. Sometimes he would get very upset and needed help.
He loved to come to church here and came most days he could. He came to ‘Holy Mass’ as he called it and before hand he loved to sit at the back and chat with parish assistants over a cup of tea. Sometimes he found talking difficult but everyone had patience with him and he was very special.
What made him special?
He struggled and brought love out of people. He tried his hardest and was always friendly. He showed how important it is to have time for other people.
Sometimes the special people in church and in life are the humble everyday people who do their best and are kind and loving.
We have produced a book giving the stories of over 50 different people connected in some way with the church. The book contains an expanded version of this account of Tommy, and a tribute to him from a former parish assistant. Copies, £4.50, are available from Church. (For more details, including a list of those included please click here).