Villagers in the Punjabi region want to airlift free fruit and vegetables to the town to feed the elderly and 'other hard-up people' after reading newspaper reports of its plight during the recession.
Councillors were told that the offer may have damaged Stockport's reputation and some said residents would feel guilty about accepting free food from the Indian sub-continent, where many people were malnourished. Others insisted that the food - to be flown over on jumbo jets - would be welcome. Maureen Rowles, a Labour councillor, said: 'Let's not pretend that we don't have our problems here too.'Reuse content