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Beacon shines bright in stirring end to Remembrance Day

16 November 2018

Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Mohammed Zaman with Councillor Janet Emsley and other members.

The borough's Remembrance Day events were rounded off with a special beacon lighting ceremony outside Rochdale Town Hall.

Services in over 1000 locations across the UK and overseas symbolised an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.

Rochdale's beacon lighting ceremony, in the fitting location of the World War One commemorative pop up garden, formed part of a national 'Beacons of Light' tribute.

The poignant service included a reading of A Nation's Tribute by Anita Okunde, Rochdale's deputy member of the youth parliament, and a moving The Last Post played by Joe Murtagh, from the Rochdale Music Service.

A peel of bells then rang out across the town centre from St Chad's Church in celebration of peace.

Stirring and moving way to end Remembrance Day

Dignitaries in attendance included Vivien Carter MBE JP DL, Ian Sandiford JP DL, the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Mohammed Zaman, local councillors and residents.

We received a special certificate of thanks from organiser Pageantmaster Bruno Peek for its contribution to the commemoration.

Councillor Janet Emsley, Lead Member for the Armed Forces, said: "Thanks to everyone who came along to this special ceremony which, as the beacon shone brightly and the bells rang out across the town and beyond, provided a stirring and moving way to end Remembrance Day. Lest we forget."