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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Taking Pride in our Communities this Summer

Thursday, 04 July 2019

One of my favourite things about summer in Tameside is that it heralds the arrival of some of the biggest offerings on our cultural calendar. Even at this early point in the season we’ve already celebrated a number of events; from musical contests to sporting spectacles, with a great deal more still to come.

The month of June marked the 2019 edition of the iconic Tour of Tameside, a festival of running for people of all abilities. With four events ranging from 10k’s through country parks to half marathons along former Victorian railway lines, the Tour showcased the fantastic natural beauty and scenery of our borough. On the same weekend we also held the Whit Friday Brass Band contest. Dating back to Stalybridge in the 1870s, the brass band contest is an indelible part of Tameside’s history, providing a link back to our shared industrial past. Well over 150 years later, the Whit Friday fixture remains as popular and vibrant as ever, with bands from all over the country and beyond descending upon 11 venues across the borough. Neither of these events would have been possible without the expertise and assistance of a small army of local volunteers and the council’s cultural service. Thanks to them and to everybody else that took part or turned up to either, or both, events.

But these events, important and spectacular as they are, were only the beginning. On Saturday we once again showed our thanks to those brave men and women who defend us at home and abroad, past and present, as we came together to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Following a traditional luncheon attended by the Civic Mayor and other local dignitaries, the focus of the celebrations moved to Victoria Park in Denton. Live entertainment was provided throughout the day by the Dave Egerton Band, the Denton Brass Band and talented local singer Jo Farrow, while the children enjoyed a range of free and family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, a climbing wall, archery, face-painting and balloon modelling. A number of armed service organisations were also in attendance, and it was inspirational and humbling to hear the stories and experiences of many of our veterans from conflicts across the globe, from Iraq, to Northern Ireland, to the Balkans and even further afield. I’ve always said that while I appreciate the importance of Armed Forces Day, we need to be there for our veterans for the other 364 days of the year as well. That’s why our celebrations also showcased the support we offer to help our veterans integrate back into civilian life, including the Tameside Armed Services Covenant and our new Greater Manchester Moving Forces partnership.

All these events have been running for quite a while, but we’ve got a few brand new ones lined up for this year as well, including the biggest-ever Tameside Pride on Saturday 6th July. Thanks to the dedication and fundraising efforts of our residents, we’ve been able to organise a free-to-all day out at Cheetham’s Park in Stalybridge with stalls from a range of LGBT+ supportive organisations, a big stage with acts throughout the afternoon, a playground and food/refreshment area. The theme of the day will be mental health within the LGBT+ Community, and as such we’ve collaborated closely with MIND and The Anthony Seddon Fund to make sure we showcase the support and therapies available in the borough.

The diversity of our communities, and the way they come together to celebrate and to support each other, has always been one of Tameside’s great strengths. These events, and the many more that we put on throughout the year, do more than give our residents a good day out. They strengthen those bonds of community and citizenship. If that’s something that you want to be a part of, you can see what other events are being held in Tameside this summer


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