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Castleton remembers as special memorial stone to be unveiled

18 September 2018

The memorial stone.

Castleton residents will come together on Sunday, 23 September 2018 at a special service to dedicate a new memorial stone.

The beautifully crafted memorial commemorates the brave men and women who have lost their lives in major conflicts over the last 100 years.

It will be a proud day for the local community, which has historic and strong links to the Armed Forces.

The dedication service will be attended by members of the Armed Forces community, local councillors and dignitaries from across the Castleton area.

Following the dedication, there will be the raising of the Union Flag followed by the playing of the Last Post and remembrance hymns.

Councillor Billy Sheerin, Deputy Mayor of Rochdale, who has been instrumental in organising the event, will give the welcome and introductions.

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for the Armed Forces, said: "This will be a really special day for people across the local community. The stone is a lasting memorial to those who have lost their lives in conflicts over the last century. Many thanks to everyone who have helped bring this special stone into being. We will never forget the fallen".

The dedication service is at Castleton Memorial, on the village green, at 12noon, Sunday, 23 September 2018. Following the service, refreshments will be served at the Carnegie Centre on Manchester Road. The event is open to everyone to attend.