11.11.11

Lutyens Memorial

At the eleventh hour on Friday the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 2011 I attended the Act of Remembrance which was held in Gallipoli Garden, Silver Street, Bury. A new extension to the Garden was dedicated at the same time.

Later I attended the dedication of the Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks on Bolton Road Bury which was carried out by the Rector of Bury Reverend Dr John Findon.

Remembrance Day

poppy4Yesterday Sue and I attended the Civic Remembrance Day service in Bury. We started with the Parade from the Town Hall to the War Memorial outside the Parish Church and there was then a formal Service of Remembrance inside the Parish Church. When we left the Church it was raining hard and it continued hroughout the March Past where the Mayor took the Salute and throughout the Parade back so we were all glad of the hot soup available on our return to the Town Hall. In the afternoon we attended the Parade and Service in Tottington and in the eveving we attended the evensong and roll call service at St.Anne’s Tottington which is always a very poignant and moving service.

At the going down of the Sun….

…….and in the morning we will remember them.
We will remember them.
This morning I attended the Civic Remembrance Day Parade from Bury Town Hall to the War Memorial and then the Remembrance Day Service at Bury Parish Church. I thought that the numbers attending seemed greater than in previous years.
In the afternoon I attended the Tottington Parade and Service. The Vicar of Tottington is Chaplain to the Bishop of Manchester and as the Bishop is Chaplain to the Royal British Legion millions across the Country would have seen Bishop Nigel conduct the Festival of Remembrance Service at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Tottington’s Vicar was in attendance at that Service and recounted at the service today how the Coldstream Guards are selling rubber wristbands to raise funds to support those injured in battle. As the Vicar said this is “scandalous” and in view of the sacrifices our armed forces are making throughout the World we as a nation will support them so that selling rubber bands is no longer required.
This evening I attended the special service of Remembrance at St. Anne’s, Tottington during which the names of all the men from Tottington who lost their lives in the two World Wars are read out. It is a most moving service.
We will remember them.