Town will remember its heroes of battle
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