Blackpool boxing champion Brian Rose has spoken of how his preparations for an historic world title bid have been hit after he was unwittingly at the centre of an evacuation drama.
Homes and businesses - including a house that Brian and his family rent in the Dukinfield area of Greater Manchester - were evacuated over fears a converted Victorian mill could collapse yesterday morning.
Terraced houses in Dukinfield, including Brian’s house in Park Road in the town, were cleared after an inspection of New Mill on Park Road, near the town centre.
It’s understood that surveyors were concerned about a gable end of the building.
Brian got a phone call to say that all the houses in the street where he was staying while in the Manchester had to be cleared.
He rang his partner Danielle Wilson, who had been unaware of the situation until she heard a commotion in the street and that she would have to leave.
Danielle had been bed-bound in the house because of ankle injury - their young son Oscar was at nursery at the time.
Brian said: “It has been a nightmare. We have been told to leave and we have no idea when we can get back in the house. Meantime, Danielle and Oscar have gone to stay with relatives in Thornton.
“Danielle managed to take a few things with her, but all my boxing gear is in there and I have been looking for somewhere to stay (in the Manchester area).
“It’s certainly not the type of preparation for a boxer training for a world title!”
Businesses inside the mill have been evacuated, including an old boxing gym.
Brian is due to fight American Demetrius Andrade for the World Boxing Organisation world light-middleweight boxing title in May.
If he won, the fighter would make history by becoming the first boxer from Blackpool to win a world title.