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Gallipoli tribute – Rochdale unveils memorial stone
- 29 June 2015
Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth said: "It was a great honour for me to be at the unveiling of this permanent Memorial to the heroes of Gallipoli and the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. I want to thank the organisations that have made this happen and everyone connected in making this event."
Council Leader Richard Farnell who also spoke during the ceremony said it is an honour for the town to have such a memorial: "Sunday was about remembering the sacrifices made by local soldiers and their families. It was truly humbling to hear about the acts of bravery and the sacrifices made during the Gallipoli campaign. The casualties were heavy, and the losses were many. The results of that campaign were not all that we had wanted to achieve, but nevertheless those men's bravery was the most splendid act. It is because of men like that, that we have the freedom to stand here, to unveil this fitting memorial to them."
The stone was officially unveiled by Major Edmund Gartside and donated by the 'Life for a Life' charity.
During the evening there was a special concert by the King's Division Band at Rochdale Town Hall to raise funds for the ABF Soldiers' Charity.
Rochdale was one of the first councils in the country to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant in November 2012, aimed at encouraging local communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate Armed Forces personnel back into civilian life. It also encourages authorities to work more closely to support those in service and their families, ensuring there is no disadvantage associated with serving in the Armed Forces.
For more details visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/armedforces
Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 29/06/15.