Residents across the borough will have the chance to pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at Remembrance Day services.
Commemorations will be held on Sunday 14 November 2021, with a number of services and parades taking place. Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join veterans and civic dignitaries for parades in Rochdale, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Norden, Milnrow, and Wardle.
Members of the public are invited to attend to show their gratitude to servicemen and women past and present.
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Aasim Rashid, said: “Remembrance Sunday is always a moving and reflective day as we come together once again, united as one, to pay tribute to our Armed Forces and honour the service of thousands of men and women from across the borough. Without the selfless dedication and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, the freedoms, liberty and values we cherish so much, would have been lost. We never forget.”
He added: “This year also provides an opportunity to thank everyone in the Armed Forces and wider community for their work during the pandemic, as well as remembering those we sadly lost. We will remember them.”
Councillor Sue Smith, cabinet member for the Armed Forces, said: “It will be a poignant occasion, as we gather again in person to pay our respects to those who have served our country and protected our freedoms and liberty. As cabinet member, I want to pay tribute to our Armed Forces personnel past and present. I am proud of our work to support everyone in our Armed Forces community and Remembrance Sunday is about people of all ages coming together to pause, remember and reflect. Lest we forget.”
From now until Sunday, 14 November 2021 the Royal British Legion is holding its annual poppy appeal, which raises money to support British servicemen and women and their families. Poppies can be bought online from the Royal British Legion's website , Number One Riverside in Rochdale and selected places across the borough.
Every Thursday from 9am–10am the council hosts a Veterans’ Breakfast Club at Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ. All ex-military and dependents are welcome to attend.
10.15am – parade meets on Tower Street, Heywood (any time from 9.30am).
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- 10.30am – parade sets off from Tower Street, left to St James' Street, right onto Bridge Street, along Market Street, Market Place and right onto Hind Hill Street, left into Heywood Memorial Gardens.
- 10.45am – parade arrives at Hind Hill Street and the Memorial Gardens.
- 10.55am–11:15am – Remembrance Service at the Memorial Gardens.
- 11.20am – parade sets off for March Past from Hind Hill Street, by Pine Street, Hornby Street, Church Street (for salute) and march back up Market Place, Market Street, Bridge Street, St James Street.
10.30am – assemble at council offices, Hare Hill Park.
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- 10.40am – parade leaves for Cenotaph.
- 10.55am – service Starts at Cenotaph.
- 11.20am – parade returns to Hare Hill Park following the service.
10.15am – assemble facing the Wetherspoon's Harbord Harbord pub on Long Street.
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- 10.25am – parade leaves for Middleton Remembrance Gardens following the same route.
- 10.45am – service begins.
10.30am – parades start from Norden Churches.
10.50am – Remembrance Service at the Memorial Gardens at the junction of Woodhouse Lane and Edenfield Road.
11am – 2 minutes' silence.
11.05am – laying of wreaths.
11.10am – parades dismiss.
10.30am – assemble at Milnrow Library, Newhey Road, Milnrow.
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- 10.40am – parade leaves for Cenotaph.
- 10.55am – service at Cenotaph.
- 11.20am – parade returns to Milnrow Library.
10.30am – organisations assemble at Rochdale Riverside, outside the new Marks and Spencer store.
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- 10.45am – parade leaves for Cenotaph via New Precinct, Baillie Street, Yorkshire Street over bridge and onto The Esplanade. After the service and march past the parade will fall out on Yorkshire Street.
- 10.45am – councillors, magistrates, officers and other civic guests assemble at Touchstones Rochdale.
- 10.50am – service at the Cenotaph. At the end of the march past, the mayoral party returns to Rochdale Touchstones and the parade falls out on Yorkshire Street.
2.15pm – assemble at Village Square, Wardle.
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- 2.30pm – parade leaves Cenotaph.
- 3pm – service at Cenotaph.
- 3.30pm – parade returns to Village Square.
Armed Forces Community Covenant
The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life.