Time to re­mem­ber

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN JAJECZNYK

RES­I­DENTS across the town will have the chance to pay their re­spects to those who have made sac­ri­fices in de­fence of the coun­try at this year’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions will be held on Re­mem­brance Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11, with seven pa­rades across the bor­ough.

The day will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join vet­er­ans and civic dig­ni­taries for the pa­rades.

The crew of HMS Mid­dle­ton will be parad­ing in Mid­dle­ton on the day and pro­vid­ing a guard of hon­our at the memo­rial.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend to show their grat­i­tude to ser­vice­men and women.

The Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed Za­man, said we must re­mind our­selves that sac­ri­fices con­tinue to be made to­day by Bri­tish Armed Forces and re­mem­ber those who have fallen and con­tinue to fall in other con­flicts.

He said: “Re­mem­brance Sun­day co­in­cides with Armistice Day this year and once again we pay homage to those fallen in all wars and thank them for the peace we have to­day.

“We re­mem­ber those who served in the Bri­tish Em­pire and fought along­side Bri­tain, giv­ing their lives in the hope for a bet­ter fu­ture for us.

“We should take this time to re­mem­ber all those af­fected by wars, the mil­lions who have lost their lives, war vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. They will never be for­got­ten.”

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion will con­tinue to hold its an­nual poppy ap­peal - which raises money to sup­port Bri­tish ser­vice­men and women and their fam­i­lies - un­til No­vem­ber 11.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Ems- ley, lead mem­ber for the armed forces, said she ex­pects that res­i­dents will come out again in num­bers to pay their re­spects.

She added: “One hun­dred years since the end of the First World War is a poignant re­minder to us all and Re­mem­brance Sun­day is the day when the bor­ough joins with oth­ers across the world to pay trib­ute.

“It is heart­warm­ing to see peo­ple wear­ing their poppy with pride and to know that thou­sands as al­ways will at­tend the lo­cal ser­vices.”

Ev­ery Thurs­day from 9am to 10am the coun­cil hosts a Vet­er­ans’ Break­fast Club in the Clock Tower Din­ing Room at Rochdale Town Hall, along­side the coun­cil’s armed forces part­ners.

All ex-mil­i­tary and de­pen­dants are wel­come. MID­DLE­TON PA­RADE

10.15am - As­sem­ble fac­ing the Har­bord Har­bord pub (Wether­spoon’s) in Long Street, heads south past Mid­dle­ton Gar­dens, turns right into Mid­dle­ton Way, turns left into Manch­ester Road, ar­rives at Mid­dle­ton Memo­rial Gar­dens.

10.25am - Pa­rade leaves for Mid­dle­ton Re­mem­brance Gar­dens fol­low­ing same route.

10.45am - Ser­vice be­gins.

Last year’s Re­mem­brance Sun­day pa­rade in Mid­dle­ton Pic­ture Harold Cun­liffe

The crew of HMS Mid­dle­ton will be parad­ing in Mid­dle­ton

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