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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Paying Tribute to our Armed Forces

Thursday, 28 June 2018

This Saturday, 30th June, Tameside will once again show our thanks to the brave men and women who protect us at home and abroad, as we come together to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2018. This will be the 13th year of the event, which originally began in 2006 as Veteran’s Day. It’s also particularly significant as 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, although the armistice would not be signed until November and many of the hardest fought battles of that terrible conflict, including Amiens and the Second Battle of the Marne, were still to come this time a century ago.

This year’s Armed Forces Day will begin with a reception at midday hosted by the Civic Mayor, Councillor Denise Ward, for current and former service personnel and families of fallen veterans. From 1pm, as has become tradition, Denton Civic Square and Victoria Park will become the heart of our public celebrations for the day.

As always, there will be something for everybody. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by Denton Band, the Dave Egerton Band, TMS Brass, TMS Big Band, the Do-It-Yourself Choir and poet Albert Taylor. There will also be a rolling schedule of exhibitions by Army Reserve units and air, army and sea cadets, a series of re-enactments will also be held alongside displays by military vehicle enthusiast groups, and a short service of remembrance. For children and families, a wide-range of free family-friendly activities are being put on, including a climbing wall, inflatable-assault course, face-painting, balloon-modelling, and other arts and crafts. Refreshments will also be available from the Victoria Park Community Centre. It’s a tremendous event on Tameside’s calendar, and a fantastic chance to have a good afternoon out and show support and appreciation for the sacrifices made on our behalf by the members of our armed forces.

But while celebrating our Armed Forces for one day is all well and good, I’ve always believed that it’s equally important to support them all of the other 364 days of the year as well.

That’s why the Council has worked closely with a number of other organisations, including the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, and the Tameside Armed Services Covenant (TASC) to ensure that our veterans receive the support they need, both when they’re in the armed forces and when they start to integrate back into civilian life. Last month, Tameside was announced as the pilot area for a programme of physical activity sessions to help armed forces veterans stay fit and healthy, boost mental wellbeing and get involved in their local communities. All veterans in Greater Manchester, regardless of whether they’re living in Tameside or not, are invited to take part. We’re also encouraging veterans to remember to inform their GPs of their service. Doing this will allow them to access your full medical documentation for the Ministry of Defence, entitling you to priority access to NHS care for conditions related to your time with the armed forces, and specifically-targeted services such as prosthetics and mental health care. The TASC also produces a free bi-annual newsletter, “Signal”, containing articles and information about upcoming events that may be of interest to veterans, their families and others who might want to get involved.

If you want more information about the Tameside Armed Services Covenant and the work that they do, you can visit their website here. It is my intention to make Tameside the best place in Britain for looking after veterans and their families, not just on Armed Forces Day but every day. With your help, I’m confident we’ll be able to do just that.


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