Oldham remembers 100 years

A range of remembrance events will be taking place across the borough to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children lost their lives during the First World War, and in subsequent conflicts, either on the battlefield or on the home front.

Shaw and Crompton will fall silent on November 11 as the nation comes together to mark Remembrance Sunday.

The ceremony, which annually attracts hundreds of participants, takes place at the war memorial on High Street.

The parade to the memorial will assemble at Newtown Street at 10.30am, for departure at 10.40am.

Cllr David Bibby, chair of Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, will take the salute at the end of the service along with the representative of the Mayor of Oldham MBC.

Meanwhile Oldham suffered significant losses and remembrance services are held each year to acknowledge this.

As well as annual district services, there are lots of other events taking place this year.

These include an exhibition being held at Gallery Oldham called ‘Stories of Sacrifice’ – running from 5 November to 1 December – which is a special touring exhibition dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain during the First World War.

You can honour those who lost their lives by attending the Festival of Remembrance at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 9 November.

Councillor Cath Ball, Lead Member for Oldham Remembers, said: “It is so important that we remember those who have lost their lives as a result of conflict.

“Oldham, like many other places, holds the people who sacrificed their lives to keep us safe closely in our hearts – and the vast array of events that take place across the borough demonstrate this.

“I urge local residents to attend a remembrance event this year, in particular given the significance of the date. It goes without saying that we will never forget – but our physical presence affirms our gratitude.”

For a full list of events, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/oldhamremembers

The council is also encouraging local people to get in touch with their photographs and stories from any conflicts to include on the website Oldham Remembers.

This is regularly updated with stories from the war, names of soldiers who fought and images of Oldham’s past. It aims to bring people from across the borough together in remembrance and can be found at www.oldhamremembers.org.uk/

If you have any stories, images or items from the war and would like to share them please contact 0161 770 4621 or email oldhamremembers@oldham.gov.uk

To get involved or for more information about the campaign, email: oldhamremembers@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 4621.

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