Lest we forget: Saddleworth gathers to remember the fallen

YOUNG AND OLD gathered at Remembrance events across Saddleworth to honour fallen heroes who have died serving their country.

The Saddleworth Branch of the Royal British Legion held two services at the war memorial in St Chad’s Park, Uppermill, with hymns, prayers and official tributes.

One service was officiated by Rev Godfrey Adams, with Uppermill Band playing, while Canon Sharon Jones officiated the second, at which bugler John Whittle played the Last Post.

Standard bearer Corporal Callan Mellor and Sergeant Zak Warburton, from the Saddleworth and Oldham Cadets, took part in the official tributes and wreaths were laid by local groups and organisations.

The Branch also held their annual Remembrance Dinner for around 40 people at Boarshurst Band Club in Greenfield, including official tributes along with music from Phoenix Brass.

Elsewhere, the annual Delph Remembrance Dinner was held in aid of The Royal British Legion at Delph Band Club, including tributes, Delph Band in concert and entertainment.

On Remembrance Sunday, hundreds trudged up the hills together at Pots and Pans cenotaph to pay their respects.

The service was officiated by Rev Philip Williamson and included laying of wreaths, the Last Post and music from Dobcross Brass Monkeys.

Silences were held by church congregations across the community while concerts of Remembrance were also held at band clubs including Diggle, Dobcross and Delph.

And the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir presented their annual Concert of Remembrance at the Civic Hall, Uppermill, singing well-known favourites and popular world war songs.

Meanwhile, Greenfield Cricket Club hosted a short service followed by entertainment from Friezland Band to mark Remembrance Sunday.

The RBL Saddleworth Branch is inviting new members to join them, especially younger members and ladies, to help on their committee. Anyone interested should call Bernard: 01457 873956.


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