White poppy event promotes peace and remembrance

PEACE, tolerance and respect were highlighted at a white poppy remembrance event in Uppermill.

Around 30 people gathered for the occasion, organised by Saddleworth Peace Group, at St Chad’s gardens by Uppermill Library.

Members of the group along with supporters, the public, local councillors and former MP Debbie Abrahams congregated near the Peace Pole, proudly bearing large white poppies.

White poppies have been worn for more than 80 years, alone or alongside red poppies. They are distributed by the Peace Pledge Union to remember all victims of war; a commitment to peace; and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war.

Cllr Barbara Beeley, vice chair of Saddleworth Parish Council, laid a wreath of white poppies at the foot of the Peace Pole.

She said she was shocked to learn recently there have been only 26 days without conflict somewhere in the world since the end of World War 2.

She added: “We need to have tolerance and respect for each other so maybe we can find a way of avoiding war in the future.”

There was a brief address by Peace Group member Magda Sachs before poems and readings written by children, soldiers, refugees and sufferers affected by war were given by Peace Group members and supporters Kathryn Knight, Liz Green, Michele Abendstern, Katy Boulton, and Phillida Shipp.

A minute’s silence was held to remember all those killed in war, all those wounded in body or mind, the millions made sick or homeless by war and the families and communities torn apart.

Saddleworth Peace Group is a local secular group which aims to promote and support peace at community and global level. To find out more or join email saddleworthpg@yahoo.co.uk

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