Borough’s tribute to the victims of war

First published in News

BURY will come to a standstill on Sunday to remember the men and women who have fought and died in wars around the world.

The town will fall silent at 11am on Sunday — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the main civic remembrance service.

The parades will gather from 10.15am outside Bury Town Hall, with the first group setting off at 10.35am.

They will arrive at the war memorial, in Market Place, by 10.55am, where the Last Post and Reveille will sound and a two-minute silence held.

Cllr Joan Grimshaw, the Mayor of Bury, will lay the first poppy wreath at the memorial, followed by the Lord Lieutenant’s representative, senior officers from the armed forces and members of organisations across the town.

The Rev John Findon, Rector of Bury, will lead a service at Bury Parish Church at 11.30am.

Afterwards, Cllr Grimshaw will take the salute and the parade will be dismissed on its return to the town hall.

A small service will also be held at a memorial in Woodfield Retail Park, in Bury.

And tomorrow, a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at 11am at the war memorial in Gallipoli Gardens, in Silver Street, Bury.

Other services are being held across the borough on Sunday, including: RAMSBOTTOM: A parade will start at 10.50am at the Royal British Legion, in Central Street, and head to St Paul’s Church, in Bridge Street. A short service will be held outside at 11am and the Last Post will sound. A service will then be held in the church, led by the Rev Anthony Barnshaw. The parade will reassemble at the railway station and march back to the Royal British Legion.

TOTTINGTON: A service will be held at St Anne’s Church at 10.30am, with wreaths laid at the war memorial in the church, followed at 3pm by a service at the war memorial in Market Street.

At 6.30pm, the church will hold another service and the names of people from the village who died in the First and Second World Wars will be read aloud.

Walshaw: A service will be held at Christ Church Walshaw at 10.30am, followed by an act of remembrance at the war memorial from 10.45am.

UNSWORTH: St George’s Church will hold a service at 9.30am, before the congregation goes to Unsworth Pole at 10.55am for an act of remembrance.

RADCLIFFE: The parade will set off from the Royal Oak pub, in Water Street, at 10.45am and head to the war memorial in Blackburn Street. A short service will be held there, along with the laying of wreaths. The parade will then march to St Thomas And St John’s Church for a service featuring Radcliffe Brass Band and Radcliffe Male Voice Choir.

AINSWORTH: A parade service starts at 10.30am at Ainsworth Parish Church and will include a two-minute silence at 11am. A service of remembrance to honour those who have died in the last 12 months will be held at 6.30pm.

WHITEFIELD: A service will take place at 11.15am at Stand Unitarian Chapel, in Stand Close. It will be held outside and includes the laying of a wreath to the unknown soldier.

PRESTWICH: A parade will leave the Royal British Legion, in Bury Old Road, at 10.40am and march to the war memorial. Wreaths will be left and a short service held, before the parade reassembles and returns to the Royal British Legion.

St Mary’s Church will hold a service at 10.30am, during which the names of the people on the First and Second World War memorials will be read aloud. Artwork by children at St Mary’s Primary School will be on display.

An act of remembrance will be observed at services being held at 9.45am at St Margaret’s Church, Prestwich, and 11.15am at St George’s Church, in Simister.

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