ROADSIDE hoardings across the borough are advertising work done by members of the Tameside Armed Services Community as part of Tameside Remembers, a Heritage Lottery Fund project to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
After learning how to use the Manchester Regiment Archive at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, veterans chose to research and write about diaries, maps, postcards and rolls of honour.
The project also provided training in blogging and photography and included trips to the Imperial War Museum North and the regimental chapel at Manchester Cathedral.
Hoardings can be found at Bentinck Street, Ashton; 10/12 Oldham Road, Ashton; Stockport Road, Ashton; 80 Ashton Road, Denton; 94/106 Manchester Road, Denton; 107 Astley Street, Dukinfield; 60 Ashton Road, Hyde; Manchester Road, Hyde; 17-23 Stamford Street, Stalybridge and 53 Stamford Street, Stalybridge.
The blogs include:
The story of the amazing sketches of Thomas Brough of the 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment - by Graham Braithwaite
The story of Henry Bridge’s emotive notebook – by Christine Pleszak
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for the Armed Forces Covenant, said: “The hoardings and blogs are a touching addition to the wide range of work done in the borough to mark the centenary of the 1918 armistice.
“I hope people will take a look at the blogs, and if you’re near a hoarding, why not take a selfie with it and post the picture on social media with the hashtag #TamesideRemembers?”
Some of the archives the veterans uncovered can be seen at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Cotton Street, Ashton. The unit is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.
Tameside council holds an outstanding collection of military history documents including the Manchester Regiment Archive. These include service records, war diaries, photographs, personal papers, maps, letters, regimental newspapers and magazines, newspaper cuttings, oral history and ephemera.
The armed services community supports members of the armed forces family past and present under the guidance of the Armed Forces Covenant: a promise from the nation that all those who serve or have served in the services – and their families – are treated fairly.
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