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One hundred years ago in early August, 1914, 20,000 part time territorial soldiers from Lancashire were mobilised at the outbreak of the war. A battalion of these, (roughly 1000 soldiers) the 6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers were principally men from Middleton, Todmorden and Rochdale. These brave men would ultimately proceed to the beaches of Gallipoli, and where many gave up their lives.
Sunday will see a dramatic re-enactment of the moment these men were mobilised for war. Todmorden British Legion will follow in the footsteps of the men of August 1914 by marching the 12 miles from their home town to Rochdale. In support of Middleton's contribution to the Gallipoli campaign we ask you to join us in Rochdale at the Flying Horse Hotel. Middleton historians and authors of the books 'The Gallipoli Oak' and 'Doing Our Bit' Martin Prudy and Ian Dawson will lead the Middleton congregation as we applaud and join the Todmorden British Legion in their last short distance into Rochdale town centre. A new parade will then be formed at 1.45pm, with members of the public following standard bearers, members of veterans’ association and local military cadets into Rochdale centre and on to the town cenotaph for a short ceremony and sounding of the Last Post at around 2.15pm. Refreshments will follow in Rochdale Town Hall.
All Saints Church, Rhodes, has a coffee morning each Tuesday. All are welcome.
Holy Trinity Church, Parkfield, has a coffee morning each Thursday. All are welcome.
Join in the annual march to Manchester to commemorate Sam Bamford and his followers and the subsequent Peterloo Massacre in 1819. Participants will stop off at the Bamford memorial and several other locations along the way before arriving at St Peter's Field in Manchester around 12.30pm.
For more info, contact Martin Gittins on 07760 430577
Saddle up and take the reins for an evening of racing, food and fund raising. Entry and Race Card - £2,Enter a Horse: £3, Sponsor a Race: £25.
Event Sponsorship Required!
For more information or to book your ticket now please contact Fred Houghton on 07932 152160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Houghton Weavers featuring a special performance from Middleton Youth Band.
Get your tickets now, £12 available through Middleton Arena either online www.link4life.org or 0844 855 4020. Friends of Middleton Band tickets are available at £10 by emailing email@example.com or calling 07932 152160.