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First World War Centenary 2014-2018 in Tameside


All across the borough, from 1st -11th  November, mini memorials will take place in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. From hidden toy soldiers to a moving tribute of 100 poppies, doves of peace and silent soldiers...
Look out for a moving tribute near you
Thursday 1 November
Silent Soldiers

The Silent Soldiers are near life-size silhouettes of a First World War ‘Tommy’ The silhouettes have at their base the words "Lest we Forget", as an act of Remembrance and supporting the valuable work of the Royal British Legion.
At the launch of our ‘11 Days of remembrance’ on 1st November we are installing 9 of these in towns across the borough
Hyde: Outside town hall
Dukinfield – Outside Town hall
Denton: - Outside town hall
Mossley – George Lawton Hall
Audenshaw – Ryecroft Hall
Stalybridge  - By war memorial
Droylsden – Outside the library
Hollingworth – By war memorial
Ashton -  Ashton Parish Church

Friday 2 November
Poppy and WW1 soldier silhouettes will decorate Dukinfield and Denton Town Hall windows

Saturday 3 November
Dance for Victory

Local dance school ‘Freedom dancers’ will perform a specially created memorial dance
on Hyde market ground around 1.30pm .

Sunday 4 November
Tea with Tommy

Look out for photos of our WW1 soldier Tommy Atkins as he takes afternoon tea with the Civic Mayor of Tameside.

Monday 5 November
100 tiny toy soldiers will be hidden around Stalybridge Town Centre. 
We are asking for people to take a picture of  their ‘Tommy’ and post on social media
#Tameside Remembers

Tuesday 6 November
Pop-up poppy garden 

100 metal poppies will be placed as a one day display in the memorial garden at Lower Higham Visitor Centre, Werneth Low, Hyde. See the fabulous display between 11.30am  and 3pm .  

Wednesday 7 November
Life on the Home Front 

North West Film Archives present ‘Life on the Home Front in North West England
2pm – 3pm  Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Thursday 8 November
Mossley yarn project     

Knitters and crafters are transforming the mill girl statue outside George Lawton Hall, Mossley, by dressing her as nurse Clarinda Rowbotham, sister in charge at the Mossley Military Hospital during WW1

Friday 9 November
Poetry competition

Chosen poems from our competition will be read out and broadcast throughout the day on Tameside Radio
Saturday 10 November
White doves project   

Local Community groups and volunteers from Ryecroft Hall are producing an art installation themed around white doves of peace to be displayed in the grounds and in the hall.

Sunday 11 November
Remembrance Services

For any more information contact: 0161 342 4144
look out for updates on the council website.

Tameside’s Armed Forces Covenant

On Armed Forces Day, 30 June 2012, Tameside formally cemented its relationship with Britain’s service personnel. Councillor Gerald P Cooney, Executive Member for Learning and Achievement for Tameside and Lt Col Richard Jordan, Commanding Officer of 103rd Regiment, Royal Artillery signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant on behalf of the Council and residents. Click here for further information.

 Armed Forces Day 27th June 2015


By the left – quick, knit!

Tameside Council’s cultural services team  celebrated Armed Forces Day 2014 by covering a tree in knitted and crocheted poppies.

After the event the poppies were given to the Quilting Bee ladies, who meet at Portland Basin Museum to stitch the poppies together creating a quilt, which was displayed at Armed Forces Day 2015. The finished quilt is now on display at Portland Basin Museum.

Mayor of Temside Dawson Lane, Cllr Jackie Lane, Museum Manager and Quilting Bee membersPoppy BlanketPoppies on tree

Poppies were red with a black centre. For anyone who would like to make their own poppy download a knitting pattern(0.54MB) or a crochet pattern(0.29MB)

Local and National Military Resources

Download Local and National Initiatives information here (0.06MB)

First World Centenary Poems

First World War Centenary Poem booklet Download the anthology of war poems written by Tameside Citizens for the poetry competition.


Tommy Atkins

Tread softly, Tommy’s sleeping
The longest sleep of all
Where stands the willow weeping
O’er the ground where he did fall.

Young Tommy left a lover,
To warm his death - cold bed,
Now poppies bloom to cover
The mud above his head.

He sleeps soundly on his pillow
‘Neath his coverlet of dust
Where still the weeping willow
Turns his weaponry to rust

And that blood-red badge of courage,
The poppy in the field
Still blooms forever onwards
Where Tommy’s fate was sealed.

Albert Taylor - Overall winner in the adult section

Last Man Standing

As the birds flew over Flanders Field the guns fired below.

Bang! Bang! The guns shoot and the tanks came over the hill rumbling and firing bullets.

Gas! Gas! Soldiers are dying and fumbling with their gas masks.

Oh God, make it stop.

Bombs dropping relentlessly, men shouting in pain.

As the green mist subsides I realise I am the last man standing.

Harvey Bickerton - Overall winner in the under 16s section



 Exhibitions and Events


Portland Basin Museum


Meet Tommy Atkins -

Photograph of 'Tommy Atkins'Are you interested in the First World War?

Have you ever wondered what a soldier wore, what he ate, how he lived, fought and died in the 'Great War for Civilisation'?

Then why not visit Portland Basin Museum and try on the uniform he wore and handle the equipment that he carried.

Meet Tommy at Portland Basin Museum on Wednesdays during school holidays from 11am - 3pm.

Come along for the whole session or just drop in. It's free!

Ashton Grammar School Memorial

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ashton Grammar School memorial has been conserved and is on public display for the first time. Based on research undertaken by Cheshire Family History Society, this display
interprets the stories behind the names on this local memorial to fallen soldiers.

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