Ramsbottom fell silent on Sunday when a two-minute silence was held on Remembrance Sunday to remember members of the armed forces who lost their lives during the various conflicts around the world.
Veterans’ representatives laid wreaths at the Cenotaph on Bridge Street, Ramsbottom before ex-servicemen and women marched past to commemorate their fallen comrades. They were joined by Councillors and members of the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Army and Fire Cadets and members of the numerous voluntary groups that operate in Ramsbottom.
I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the Mayor and Residents of the Borough of Bury and Ramsbottom. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester also joined us as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative. Cllr Khalid Hussain laid a wreath on behalf of David Nuttall MP.
There was silence from the crowd of residents as the parade marched past the war memorial. The town observed a two-minute silence as the Church Bells of St Paul’s struck the eleventh hour. There followed a service led by Rev Anthony Barnshaw in St Paul’s.
The numbers of residents coming to pay their respects is increasing every year. This year, as it marked the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, saw record numbers again in Ramsbottom.