Poignant evening as borough reflects and remembers

Date published: 09 November 2019

The borough came together to pay tribute to the armed forces community at a special Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday (1 November).

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

Over 150 people packed into the Great Hall 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).


The Fusilier Association axemen
The Fusilier Association axemen


Dignitaries in attendance included World War Two 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.


The Great Hall provided a stunning backdrop to the Festival of Remembrance
The Great Hall provided a stunning backdrop to the Festival of Remembrance 


Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the armed forces, said: “This was another moving and memorable Festival of Remembrance as we gathered to remember and reflect on the sacrifices members of the armed forces community have made through the generations.

“It was lovely to see young and old coming together to pay tribute to those who have done so much to protect our freedoms, liberty and values. I would like to thank everyone involved in organising such a great evening, which showcased our borough at its finest.”


There were some fantastic musical performances
There were some fantastic musical performances


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 as 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.


Bagpipers in the Great Hall
The evening started on a high note


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