From Our Own Correspondent MANCHESTER.
Up to the time of going to press there was no change in the crown of roses on the statue of Our Lady at St. Mary's, Heaton Norris, Stockport.
As reported last week they have remained fresh and intact since they were placed there by the seven-yearold " May Queen," Mary Byrnes, on Sunday, May 4. Our Lady's roses have brought a torich of colour, a stir of fervour, and the excitement of " pilgrims" to this drab Lancashire town.
Over 5,000 people from all parts of the country, Catholic and nonCatholic, pious and curious, went to St. Mary's last Saturday. On Sunday about 8,000 tried to get into the church for Benediction.
The parish priest, Dr. James Turner, said on Sunday that the roses have only been removed once. They were wired as is the florists' custom, but not otherwise treated.
They had only been touched once, and that was in June, when he took them down, to blow the dust off them, after some structural alterations.
" I blew hard." said Fr. Turner, " but the roses did not shed a petal. " Still, I claim no miracle here," Fr. Turner added.