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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Saluting Our Armed Forces Veterans

Friday, 25 June 2021

This time of year is when we traditionally show our support to our armed forces veterans, both past and present. Due to the extension of the latest lockdown measures and the ongoing fight against new variants of the coronavirus, we have unfortunately been unable to resume in-person public events as we would have hoped. However, thanks to the hard work and creativity of our residents, communities and Cultural Team, we’re set once more to celebrate Armed Forces Day in the virtual world.

As always, we’re indebted to the efforts of the Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) for helping us put on a schedule of events in these challenging circumstances. TASC is a group formed from the local armed forces community with direct links to military charities and other veteran’s organisations. In cooperation with the Council and our partners, the TASC organises a variety of trips and events for veterans, as well as supporting us in fulfilling our obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that we meet our moral obligations to armed forces members and their families.

From the beginning of this week, a series of Facebook and Twitter posts have been highlighting the proud history and heritage of the Armed Forces here in Tameside, from the Lancashire Militia in medieval times, to the Manchester Regiment that fought in the World Wars, and the modern day forces that have done their part in Iraq, Afghanistan and the other battlefields of the 21st century. By digging through the impressive collections held by our Museum Services and Local Studies and Archives Collections, and combining them with personal and local stories of armed forces veterans and their families, we’re painting a vivid living history not just of Tameside’s military heritage, but the country’s as well. While public events are off the table at the moment, Wing Commander David Archibald from TASC also marked the beginning of our build-up on Monday by raising the Armed Forces Day flag outside Denton Town Hall.

 

This activity stepped up today, on Armed Forces Day itself, where we released half-hourly tweets and posts from 9am featuring more stories from our local Cadet Forces, TASC members, and many of the other men, women and families in Tameside who have served or are serving their country. The day culminated with the release of a specially-made short film featuring some of the highlights of Armed Forces Day celebrations from previous years. In addition, we want to hear more stories from our armed forces personnel. If you fought in World War 2, were called up during the days of National Service, have been a veteran more recently, or are in uniform in the moment and want to share your experiences, please contact us on 0161 342 4144 or e-mail events@tameside.gov.uk.

But as I always say during Armed Forces Day, our commitment to our veterans is really shown in how we look after them the other 364 days of the year. One of the major projects that the TASC have rolled out is the Veteran’s Allotment. Based on the Rose Hill Allotment site in Denton, this green space offers a spot for current and former armed forces personnel to relax, unwind, and meet up to have a cup of tea and a chat with fellow veterans and volunteers. Once the coronavirus pandemic is finally put behind us, we hope that it will be used more fully by veterans groups, schools and other professional agencies. If you want to get involved in this or any other activities put on by the TASC, you can become a member or find out more by emailing convenant@tameside.gov.uk.

My thanks go out to everybody that has helped make this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations happen. I pledge that we will never cease in our efforts to make Tameside the best place in Britain for looking after armed forces veterans and their families, every day of the year.

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