Thousands gather for Remembrance Sunday Services in Rochdale

MEMORY: Crowds fall silent in Rochdale. (Picture courtesy of Rochdale Council)

Thousands gathered across the borough on Sunday for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation’s war heroes.

Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force joined veterans and civic dignitaries for parades and services in Rochdale town centre, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow and Wardle.


Barely a sound was heard as the Last Post was played and residents gathered to watch the services, immaculately observing silence at 11am. 


Each service included Lawrence Binyon’s 1914 poem For The Fallen: “They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun and in the morning; We will remember them.”


Members of the public also laid their own wreathes and remembered once more the men and women who gave up their today for our tomorrow.


The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, said: “It was an honour to be at the service and once again we saw from the turnouts right across the borough just how much this means, an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have fought in our armed forces, our veterans and those who currently serve to keep us safe.  I laid a wreath on behalf of all the people of our borough, bearing the words “Not Forgotten.”


Councillor Alan McCarthy, lead member for the Armed Forces said: “The services were a very moving tribute to all those brave men and women who served, and continue to serve our country.  We have a responsibility to learn from the lessons of the past and Remembrance Sunday is always a very poignant and dignified occasion when we commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.”


On Saturday at the 11th hour the Mayor led a two-minute silence, with prayers given by The Royal British Legion Chaplain Margaret Smith, at Rochdale Cenotaph.


The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life.  Current or ex Armed Forces personnel can register for help or get more information by visiting  If they encounter difficulties when accessing services from the council or its partners email or call the council on 01706 926989.


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