Town will re­mem­ber its heroes of bat­tle

Rochdale Observer - - REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL - Ste­fan.jajecznyk@reach­plc.com @sja­jecznykMEN

RES­I­DENTS across the bor­ough are gear­ing up to mark Re­mem­brance Sun­day and Ar­mistice Day.

Events, in­clud­ing memo­rial ser­vices and pa­rades, have been planned across Rochdale over this week­end.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions will be held to­mor­row with seven pa­rades across the bor­ough.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join vet­er­ans and civic dig­ni­taries for the pa­rades, which will take place in Rochdale, Lit­tle­bor­ough, Nor­den, Mil­nrow and War­dle.

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

The mayor, Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed Za­man, said: “On Sun­day I will lay a wreath on be­half of all the peo­ple in our bor­ough, with feel­ings of pride and sor­row, bear­ing the words ‘Not For­got­ten’.

“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 mayor said he was proud to com­mem­o­rate the war dead on what he de­scribed as a ‘mov­ing and poignant’ day.

He said: “As Mayor of Rochdale, I will be proud to com­mem­o­rate the brave men and women who so trag­i­cally paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. Re­mem­brance day keeps their spirit and mem­ory alive, as we come to­gether to hon­our their brav­ery. Lest we for­get.

“It will be a mov­ing and poignant day, as the bor­ough joins to­gether to re­mem­ber and re­flect on those who fought to pro­tect our free­doms and lib­erty.”

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion will con­tinue to hold its an­nual poppy ap­peal un­til No­vem­ber 11.

Pop­pies can be bought at Rochdale Town Hall and from shops, super­mar­kets, pubs and many other lo­ca­tions across the bor­ough.

Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester have also taken the op­por­tu­nity to is­sue a re­minder that reg­u­lar and re­serve mem­bers of the Armed Forces can travel for free af­ter 9.30am Mon­day to Fri­day, or all day on week­ends and Ar­mistice Day / Re­mem­brance Sun­day - as long as they carry their mil­i­tary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card.

The same terms ap­ply to vet­er­ans car­ry­ing their vet­er­ans badge or mil­i­tary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Cadets trav­el­ling in uni­form will also be able to travel for free on Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

●●Above and left, last year’s Re­mem­brance Sun­day ser­vice in the town cen­tre

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