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Borough ready to celebrate Armed Forces Day
- 10 June 2015
On 20 and 21 June Rochdale Borough Council, The Royal British Legion, friends and community groups are hosting 'Poppy Picnics' – raising money for the legions important work. There will be family picnics in parks across the borough together with fun activities for children.
On Sunday 21 June the paved walk around Rochdale Memorial Gardens will be named 'RSM James Clark VC Walk' during a short ceremony held at 1pm.
On Sunday 28 June a memorial stone to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of local soldiers will be unveiled in Rochdale Memorial Gardens. A parade will form at 2.30pm on the Rochdale Market site and march along Baillie street on to Yorkshire street before arriving at Rochdale Cenotaph for a service at 3pm. The parade will comprise the King's Division Band, serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets from across the borough.
At 7.30pm on Sunday 28 June the renowned King's Division Band will play a concert at Rochdale Town Hall to raise funds for the ABF Soldiers' Charity. Tickets (£12.50) are available from the town hall or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ABF helps thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need each year.
Armed Forces Day and the events leading up to it help raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the ex-services community said Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces: "Once again I am pleased to see a week of activities taking place to celebrate national Armed Forces Day when we pay a grateful tribute to our servicemen and women, past and present. As always we have a fine programme of events and activities and I hope to see people of all ages enjoying them."
Rochdale was one of the first councils in the country to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging local communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate Armed Forces personnel back into civilian life.
For more details of what's on visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/armedforces.
Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 10/06/05.