It is a busy Sunday of Church Services today. Starting with St Anne’s there is the usual Communion Service – albeit in a shortened format and then there is the Annual Meeting of Parishners to elect the Churchwardens followed by the Annual General Meeting. After seven years in office I have completed my term as Churchwarden and so a new Warden will be chosen in my place.
Then, also today it is the annual commemoration of the losses sustained by the men of the town and surrounding areas who were serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers at the Battle of Gallipoli which is marked as it is every year by a special service of remembrance in the Parish Church so I will be heading down there are soon as I can.
Then, this afternoon it is back down to Bury town Centre for the annual Scouts St. George’s Day Parade and Service which will be held in the Parish Church.
Yesterday, There was no rain whilst I was out but when we had a finished a few of us paid a visit to the Greenmount Cricket Club where the first game of the season was taking place and it just so happened they were also holding a beer festivals X whilst we were watching the cricket there were hail showers!
Civic St. George's Day Flag Raising 2011
As St. George’s Day falls during the Easter Holiday weekend this year the Civic Flag Raising ceremony took place on Thursday 21st April. I attended along with the Mayor of Bury the Deputy Mayor, Mr Ivan Lewis the MP for Bury South, Cllr Bob Bibby the Council Leader and Cllr Yvonne Creswell the Deputy Leader. Prior to the flag raising ceremony the Rector of Bury Reverend John Findon gave a brief talk on the history of St. George and said prayers.
This morning St George’s day itself I took CeeCee up Holcombe Hill where Councillor Barry Theckston and Bryan Farlow had arranged to ensure the Cross of St. George was flying proudly from the top of Peel Tower.
Bryan Farlow, Cllr Barry Theckston, David and CeeCee
I attended the Civic Flag raising ceremony outside the Town Hall at 9 am then made my way up (on foot I hasten to add) to he top of Holcombe Hill to join Councillor Theckston from Ramsbottom who has for a number of years been arranging for the Cross of St. George flag to fly from the top of Peel Tower each St.George’s Day. We were later joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. I climbed to the top of the Tower and the view as ever was spectacular.
Then it was back to campaigning and after speaking briefly to the congregation following Friday prayers at a couple of the Mosques in Bury I caught him with a few more phone calls and emails.
In the evening I visited two more of the local Conservative Clubs to have a word with the members and visitors.
David at the St Georges Day flag raising ceremony
I attended the official flag raising ceremony this morning as the flag bearing the Cross of St. George the Patron Saint of England was raised by the Mayor of Bury Councillor Peter Ashworth to fly proudly in front of the Town Hall. The Rector of Bury John Findon spoke eloquently about the history of our Patron Saint and said prayers. The Mayor then hoisted the flag into position.
I am delighted that the Conservative led Council has introduced this short ceremony to honour our Patron Saint and I hope the occasion will be repeated every year in the future.