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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Bringing Communities Together in Tameside

Friday, 19 November 2021

Last weekend communities across the borough came out to hold services and ceremonies to pay our respects to those brave men and women, both from Tameside and further afield, who laid down their lives for their country in the First World War, the Second World War and all the conflicts since.

The celebrations were especially poignant given how last year’s events had to be significantly scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. I was delighted to personally attend the Remembrance events in Denton, which began with a parade from the Town Hall and included formal services and wreath laying ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park, Christ Church and Thornley Park. While some necessary measures to protect residents from infection were still in effect, including the wearing of masks and social distancing in some churches, it was nonetheless incredibly uplifting to see crowds, including representatives from local sports teams, youth organisations and community groups, return to all of these events.

While the sad reality is that vast majority of the veterans of the two World Wars are no longer with us, there are still many current and former armed forces personnel that call Tameside their home. Our commitment to them must stretch beyond Remembrance Sunday into the other 364 days of the year.

For the first time ever, the national Census held earlier this year asked respondents if they are, or have ever been, a member of the armed forces. This information will give us a far clearer picture of what Tameside’s veteran population looks like, making it easier to give them the support they need.

We’re also proud to work with the Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC), a local group with direct links to military charities and other veteran’s organisations, in organising a variety of trips and events for veterans and fulfilling our obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant. If you want to get involved in activities put on by the TASC, you can become a member or find out more by emailing convenant@tameside.gov.uk.

 

Another fixture on the Tameside social calendar that had to be put aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is now back with a bang in 2021, is the Tameside Winter Celebration. Due to take place tomorrow, the highlight of the day will be the iconic Lantern Parade weaving its way through the streets of Hyde town centre from 6:15pm. There will also be a number of smaller events taking place in and around Hyde Outdoor Market from 4:30pm to wow adults and children alike, including installations on Draco the Dragon and famous Tameside-born artist Harry Rutherford.

As always we are indebted to a number of organisations, including the Council’s Cultural Services and carnival arts organisation Handmade Parade, for spending the last few months managing, producing and co-ordinating the preparation required to make such a spectacular celebration possible. A huge number of community groups, schools and families have also been hard at work for some time creating the handmade lanterns that will light up Hyde Civic Square and the parade route itself during the event.

But for those of you who are unable to make it to Hyde on Saturday, or are wondering if there’s going to be other Christmas celebrations closer to home, a number of events organised by local businesses and communities will be taking place in every town in Tameside until the beginning of December. These will include festive music and shopping, light switch-ons, appearances from Father Christmas and much more. A complete list, along with times and locations, can be found on our website here

 

These events, while perhaps quite different in tone and substance, play a vital role in bringing communities back together again as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you attended last weekend’s Remembrance Services or are planning on attending the Christmas celebrations to come, let us all take the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to what awaits Tameside in the future.
 

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