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Proud day as Castleton memorial stone dedicated to the fallen

25 September 2018

Councillor Billy Sheeran and Councillor Janet Emsley with members of the armed forces.  

The Castleton community turned out in force at a service to dedicate a special memorial stone.

Scores of people gathered on the village green to honour those who lost their lives in past conflicts.

The ceremony included the raising of the Union flag by Councillor Billy Sheerin, Deputy Mayor of Rochdale, remembrance hymns and the laying of wreaths by local school children.

Members of the armed forces community, local councillors, veterans groups and voluntary organisations were also represented.

The stone is a beautifully crafted and lasting memorial to those who have died in past conflicts.

Thanks were given to those who had contributed to the event including Marshalls, who supplied the stone, Rochdale in Bloom, Creamy Create, Crewe Industrial and the armed forces family.

Castleton memorial stone.

'Well done to everyone who made it a memorable day to be proud of'

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for the Armed Forces, said: "It was a perfect day as people of all ages came together to reflect and remember. The stone is a lasting memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms, liberty and values. It was great to see so many children at the service as it is important, in never forgetting the past, to also look to the future.

"Well done to everyone from across the Castleton community and beyond who made it a memorable day to be proud of."