Oldham Council is encouraging residents to show their support and come along to a number of events marking the start of the First World War.
The activities are part of the local authority’s commitment to honouring the contribution Oldham people made to the war.
Residents are invited to attend a tour of Chadderton Cemetery, Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 0JZ on September 13. The walk takes you through the graveyard, looking at a selection of Great War graves,
Alan Winterbottom, Secretary of the Royal British Legion Chadderton, will also place a floral tribute to those who died while serving their country.
There will be two sessions: 10am and 2pm and each tour will take around one hour and 15 minutes. The tour will start at the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ near the entrance to the cemetery and will end at the grave of Sergeant John Hogan, who received a Victoria Cross for his gallantry.
On September 14, the annual ‘Battle of Britain Parade’ will take place in Oldham Town Centre. The parade is organised by the RAF Association every year and aims to commemorate those who served in the Battle of Britain and World War 2. The Oldham Scottish Pipe Band will lead the parade and veterans from Oldham, the Air Training Corp and the Mayor of Oldham will attend.
The event runs from 11.30am to 1pm and will start from Henshaw Street (Tommyfield Inn, OL1 1NJ) and finish at the Oldham War Memorial, opposite the Town Hall.
Visit Daisy Nook Garden Centre, Stannybrook Road, Failsworth, M35 9WJ, on September 24 for a live theatre production performance from ‘Troupers’.
Tickets cost £10 or £14.50 and you can enjoy a pre-show soup and sandwich in the café from 6.30pm. You can book your tickets at Daisy Nook or call 0161 681 4245.
For more information about this event visit http://www.daisynook.com/
On November 1 former paratrooper Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central will talk about the conflicts of World War I to the present day at Oldham Library. Residents are invited to tell their stories at the event or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We need residents’ stories from all conflicts, especially their memories from the Second World War. In 25 years when we are commemorating the events of 199 t0 1945, people who were there, or who can remember that time, may no longer be with us. We need to record their stories now.
On November 8 poppies will be planted around Lydgate to commemorate the fallen, followed by a wartime themed village social at the Lydgate Village Hall, Lydgate, OL4 4JJ.
In June we launched the Oldham Remembers website which will be kept up-to-date with stories from the war, names of soldiers who fought in the war and images of Oldham’s past. The website aims to bring people from across the borough together in remembrance and can be found at http://www.oldhamremembers.org.uk/
A toolkit, events guide and a resources page is available on the site so residents can research their own family histories.
If you are planning to hold an event to remember those who fought or lost their lives in the First World War or are researching stories from the past then we want to hear from you - to show that ‘Oldham Remembers’.
Email email@example.com if you want to get involved, have any information you would like to see on the website or stage an activity.
Councillor Cath Ball, Assistant Cabinet Member for World War I Centenary, said: “The World War One Centenary provides an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and support the extraordinary work our forces do and continue carrying out every day.
“We are asking everyone to get involved in the commemorations, whether it is attending an event, hosting one or contributing to the website ‘Oldham Remembers’.
“It’s a good time for everyone to show their support and we will be updating the website regularly with events and stories from all those years ago.”
For more details about any of the above events log onto http://www.oldhamremembers.org.uk/