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Poignant evening as borough reflects and remembers

08 November 2019

Marching veterans in ceremonial uniform.

The borough of Rochdale came together to pay tribute to the armed forces community at a special Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall.

A nostalgic evening included an act of remembrance, performances by military bands, parades and poignant speeches.

Over 150 people packed into the Great Hall on Friday, 1 November 2019 to enjoy music from the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums and The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire).

Dignitaries in attendance included World War 2 veterans, local councillors, Rochdale Cadet Forces and the Fusilier Association axemen.

Rochdale's Festival of Remembrance is an annual event, organised by veterans, to enable the wider community to pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed.

It was wonderful to see so many people coming together to support the armed forces' family

Caen Matthews, chairman of the Rochdale branch of The Royal British Legion, said: "It was wonderful to see so many people coming together to support the armed forces' family and remember the sacrifices of so many brave men and women. It is important that we remember why we remember. Veterans today need our support, as they always have done. Lest we forget."

All money raised at the Festival of Remembrance will go to local armed forces charities to support local veterans and dependants.

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