WE all know we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Our town is nestled beneath some of the most majestic, rugged moorland in Britain, which on a lovely spring day can look at its spectacular best and rightly attracts admiring visitors.
But it is a landscape which brings more than its fair share of risks and yesterday afternoon saw the dangers at first hand.
A moorland blaze, fanned by strong winds, swept across the moors close to the M62 motorway.
Dozens of firefighters from both sides of the Pennines risked injury to halt the spread of the flames and, thankfully, they were able to do so.
No-one was injured, but that was down to the skill of the firefighters. The moors pose a very real threat after a spell of prolonged dry weather and it only needs a carelessly-discarded cigarette to cause mayhem.
The moors are there to be enjoyed but summer or winter, they deserve our respect.