Rugby club set to hon­our war he­roes

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MEM­BERS of Macclesfield Rugby Club will be among those re­mem­ber­ing the town’s fallen at Remembrance Ser­vices in the town.

The club will also un­veil a memo­rial to hon­our the 13 for­mer play­ers who died in the Sec­ond World War.

Remembrance Sun­day, which falls on 13 Novem­ber 2016, is a day for the na­tion to re­mem­ber and hon­our those who have sac­ri­ficed them­selves for the coun­try.

The rugby club will com­mem­o­rate the sac­ri­fice of 13 for­mer play­ers at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at 1pm, and will un­veil a Roll of Hon­our dur­ing the ser­vice.

Jonathan Marsh, busi­ness di­rec­tor at the club, said: “We will have a small cer­e­mony with lo­cal dig- ni­taries and some play­ers in at­ten­dance. We are also look­ing for rel­a­tives, how­ever dis­tant, who may want to come and join us.”

In Macclesfield a Remembrance Pa­rade will march through the town cen­tre be­fore a wreath is laid at the Ceno- taph. The pa­rade will as­sem­ble at the rear of the Town Hall Of­fices at 10.15am and march to the Ceno­taph at Park Green in time for two min­utes’ si­lence at 11am.

The wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony will be fol­lowed by the Ser­vice of Re­mem- brance. At the end of the Ser­vice, the pro­ces­sion will re-form and march back, past the front of the Town Hall where the Mayor will take the Salute. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to gather at the Ceno­taph at Park Green for the Ser­vice.

Bolling­ton’s Re­mem- brance Pa­rade will also take place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 13, with a spe­cial con­cert in the evening.

The pa­rade, led by Bolling­ton Brass Band, will leave Bolling­ton Recre­ation Ground at 10.35am for a ser­vice at the memo­rial gar­dens at 10.55am.

At 7pm there will be per­for­mances from Bolling­ton Brass Band and Wha­ley Bridge Male Voice Choir at the Methodist Church. Tick­ets avail­able from Bolling­ton Town Hall priced £10.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 11, at 11am, mem­bers of the Macclesfield Branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion will at­tend a remembrance event at the Town Hall. A Remembrance con­cert in aid of the Poppy Ap­peal, with Macclesfield Male Voice Choir, will take place at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Tick­ets cost £8 from the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion on Ch­ester­gate or on the door.

Pic­tured in Macclesfield Rugby Club’s 1934/35 team (back row sixth from right) is Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Ed­ward Gor­don War­ring­ton of 117th Squadron, Royal Air Force Vol­un­teer Re­serve, one of the 13 for­mer play­ers who died in the Sec­ond World War

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