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Tameside pays tribute during Remembrance Weekend

The people of Tameside turned out in their thousands throughout Remembrance Weekend, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in battle.

On Friday (November 11), people gathered at war memorials and in schools, offices and other public places to pause for two minutes to mark the moment the guns fell silent for peace at the end of the First World War on Armistice Day.

And there were services, acts of remembrance, parades, processions and wreath-laying, as well as a period of reflection, across the borough on Remembrance Sunday.

This year’s commemorations were particularly poignant, in the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme.

Here are a selection of images from our reporters and photographers who joined in the events – and more pictures can be found in this week’s edition of the Tameside Reporter, which is on sale on Thursday.

(Pictures by Tom Greggan)


Joining forces: Charlie Meredith (middle) who fought in the Second World War, with cadets from the Stalybridge detachment of the Mercian Regiment



Paying their respects: Wreaths were laid at the Stalybridge memorial by businesses and organisations from across the town



Lest we forget: A large crowd of people, donning their red poppies, gathered before the procession which started from Armentieres Square


(Pictures by Matt Hewitt)


Let us pray: A prayer was read out before a two minutes silence was observed at the memorial on Werneth Low



We shall remember them: War veterans also came together on Werneth Low to remember their fellow soldiers who passed away whilst serving their country




Personal tributes: Wreaths were laid in Audenshaw as people paid their own respects to the servicemen and women killed at war



Remembrance: Folk gathered for a service at the war memorial in Audenshaw Cemetery




Figureheads: Ashton MP Angela Rayner (right) and Tameside’s Civic Mayor Cllr Phil Fitzpatrick attended the parade



Procession: Military personnel young and old led the parade which started from the side of Ashton Market Hall and finished at Ashton Parish Church



Flagbearer: The Ashton branch of the Royal British Legion were also involved in the ceremony



Respect: Hundreds of people gathered to observe a two minutes silence on Armistice Day in the town centre




Salute: A young trumpet player sounded ‘The Last Post’ before the crowds gathered at Droylsden War Memorial



Colourful: Members of the public left their own beautiful floral tributes next to the memorial



Tradition: A war veteran read out a poem as Councillor Kieran Quinn laid a wreath on the Cenotaph



We shall remember: Four war veterans laid wreaths and showed their appreciation to those who lost their lives in both World Wars and more recent conflicts



On song: A hymn was sung during the service at the Littlemoss Memorial Garden



Mark of respect: MP Angela Rayner laid a wreath beside the memorial stone during the service




Town tribute: MP Andrew Gwynne (far right) was among those who turned out to commemorate the fallen and lay wreaths of poppies



Young memories: The town’s Rainbows group joined together to remember the sacrifices made by those who died in conflict



Honour: A service was held at the Tame Valley war memorial to mark the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices made by local people in past wars




On the way: Mossley Brass Band during the procession to the George Lawton Hall



Showing support: Wreaths of poppies were left by town groups next to the memorial with messages of remembrance




Turnout: Locals were out in force to pay their respects as they made their way to the memorial at the former Mossley Town Hall in Mossley Park

More to follow…