Troop of tommies lead 11 days of remembrance

Date Released - 16/10/2018

A POIGNANT parade of silent soldiers will lead 11 days of remembrance events across Tameside to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The silent soldier silhouettes will stand on look out on the bridge at Portland Basin, Ashton, for a launch event on 1 November  before being deployed to posts across the borough’s nine towns.

Memorial event and activities will then take place across Tameside every day until  Remembrance Day on 11 November. These events will include hidden toy soldiers, pop up poppy gardens and doves of peace -there is something for all ages and interests

You can get involved by taking your own picture of the tributes and posting on social media with the hashtag #TamesideRemembers – we will share our favourite photos.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for culture Cllr Leanne Feeley said: “The 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War is a landmark opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought and sacrificed their lives for their country and reflect on how local communities and families were affected. The Cultural Services team has planned both a vibrant  programme of events - from the fun to the poignant – to appeal to all ages and give everyone an opportunity to join in remembrance.”

The silent soldier sihouttes will be places around the borough as follows:

Hyde -outside the town hall

Dukinfield – outside the town hall

Denton - outside the town hall

Mossley – George Lawton Hall

Audenshaw – Ryecroft Hall

Stalybridge - by war memorial opposite old town hall structure

Droylsden – outside the library

Hollingworth – by the war memorial

Ashton - Ashton Parish Church


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