THE community gathered for a poignant service in Uppermill which was the first of many across Saddleworth to mark Remembrance Day.
The evening service on November 8, organised by the Saddleworth branch of the Royal British Legion, was led by the Reverend John Rosedale by the war memorial in St Chad’s Gardens.
He was joined by cadets, special guests including Saddleworth Parish councillors, and standard bearers with five flags: Saddleworth RBL – Alison Clowes; Lees and District RBL Cpl Park (2200 Oldham Sqn ATC); Ashton under Lyne RBL – Scott Pringle (Ashton RBL); Union Flag – David Brown (Ashton RBL); and ATC Banner – Cpl Hollingworth (2200 Oldham Sqn ATC).
Rev Rosedale led the gathering in prayers to remember those who have died in service, especially members of the sea, land and air forces who laid down their lives.
He also called on people to think of all those who continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror today, and to remember with thanks and sorrow all those lost.
The Last Post was played before a minute’s silence was held and then hymns were sung, including Jerusalem, and the Lord’s Prayer was recited.
Wreaths were laid on the war memorial by councillors, other organisations and individuals, before the national anthem concluded the service.