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EVENTS Tommy Tomorrow
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Date(s) - 05/10/2018 - 08/10/2018
All Day

Village Green




To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice and the subsequent end to World War One, a special event – Tommy Tomorrow – will be taking place in Denton, Manchester.

This four-day event has been curated by Eventfull Community Team, a group of volunteers who have organised various local events in Haughton Green including Spooky Trail and last year’s Passchendaele 1917-2017. Tommy Tomorrow will run from Friday 5th – Monday 8th October on Haughton Green’s historic village green in Denton, known as The Tommy Todd.

The centrepiece of Tommy Tomorrow will be a display of 100 large white crosses – 50 of them representing the local men who fought in the Great War. The other 50 crosses will feature poems and information on the global impact of World War 1. Outdoor display boards will allow local schools and community groups to present their WW1 related projects as part of Tommy Tomorrow and are all invited to visit the event during school hours as part of their curriculum. Their work will be on view throughout the duration of the event.

Local schools and community groups who’ll be taking part include: Ambition For Ageing,The Royal British Legion, Regional Military Regiments (including the Manchester Regiment 1914 -18 Group), Royal Engineers, Cheshire Regiment, Military Charities, Local Cadet Organisations as well as many historians and poets. Two Manchester Bees will also be on display: Lest We Forget from Gorse Hall School, Stalybridge and Bee MAD from Russell Scott School, Denton.

The Great War Society will be performing at the event dressed in full army uniform. Their re-enactment will aim to give people an insight into what life was like during World War 1.

A marquee will be set up on site to host part of the British Muslim Heritage Centre’s exhibition, Stories Of Sacrifice and local historians will be exhibiting WW1 artefacts, information and collections.

At 2 pm on Sunday 7 October, there will be an opportunity for people to pay their respects to those of all faiths and cultures who paid the ultimate sacrifice. An interfaith service will be presided over by Rev David Gray, Padre to the Manchester Regiments. The Mayor of Tameside, Andrew Gwynne MP, Rev Glew from St Mary’s Haughton Green, various musicians and military representatives will also be taking part in the service; which will be augmented by standard-bearers and will culminate in a dove release.

At sundown on each day of the event, candles will be lit by each cross and ‘The Last Post’ will be played by a young musician from one of the local youth groups from St. Mary’s Church.

Of the 50 local heroes who fought in WW1, over 20 of their homes remain in the area. The current residents have agreed to let the organisers create a poppy trail for the public by displaying a commemorative badge in their window and a poppy plaque outside their homes. (This will be used to access details of the combatant who lived there, via a QR code).

There’s a commemorative Tommy Tomorrow ale planned to be on sale in Haughton Green during the event, courtesy of The Green Club & Coors Breweries.

All in all, Tommy Tomorrow looks set to be a very special and memorable event for the community – the event is free and everyone is welcome to come along.