Thou­sands pay trib­ute to war dead


MAC­CLES­FIELD’S Re­mem­brance Pa­rade has been hailed as the ‘big­gest in liv­ing mem­ory’ as hun­dreds gath­ered to pay their re­spects.

Vet­er­ans, cadets and serv­ing sol­diers, sailors and air­men were joined by dig­ni­taries at Mac­cles­field Town Hall to stand in si­lence and lay wreaths.

A pa­rade fea­tur­ing lo­cal cubs and brownies marched through the town along Brunswick Street, the Mar­ket Place and Mill Street, be­fore a ser­vice at the Ceno­taph at Park Green.

A wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony fea­tur­ing the Mayor of Mac­cles­field Alift Hare­wood-Jones, MP David Rut­ley, The Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire, Thomas David Briggs and Ma­jor Tony Perkin, Pres­i­dent of the Mac­cles­field Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

The ser­vice was car­ried out by Rev Martin Stephens, with read­ings from Rev Mar­ion Tug­wood and Sheila Lake, while Ben Bradley of Silk Brass played the Last Post and Reveille. Peter Lake, pa­rade marshal for Mac­cles­field Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said: “The pa­rade turnout was the big­gest in liv­ing mem­ory, and the turnout from the gen­eral pub­lic was also un­be­liev­able. Ev­ery­one was en­thused.”

There were sim­i­lar scenes in Bolling­ton, Prest­bury and Poynton, with smaller ser­vices in Ker­ridge, where Vera Peel laid the poppy wreath on be­half of the memo­rial com­mit­tee.

Andy Lang­don, chair­man of Bolling­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said: “What an amaz­ing and smart turnout. On be­half of our com­mit­tee and vet­er­ans I would like to thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port.”

Mem­bers of Mac­cles­field Rugby Club un­veiled a memo­rial to honour the 13 for­mer play­ers who died in the Se­cond World War.

Be­fore the week­end, Tyther­ing­ton School held its own cer­e­mony, with pupils and Army cadets Love-Goulden, Keeler and Lonyon given the spe­cial honour of low­er­ing and rais­ing the Union Flag.

On Fri­day, Ar­mistice Day, more than 60 pupils from Puss Bank Pri­mary School, young­sters from Ash Grove pri­mary’s school coun­cil and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Beech Hall School ap­peared at Mac­cles­field Town Hall to pay their re­spects.

John Martin

The pa­rade through Prest­bury

Irene Lea

The Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire and Mayor Alift Hare­wood-Jones at the event

David Holden

Tyther­ing­ton School stu­dents (from left) Ruby Parker, Layla Pen­gelly and Len­non Roberts with their trib­ute

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