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Remembrance Sunday marks First World War centenary

Residents across the borough will pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at this Sunday’s Remembrance Day Services.

Commemorations will be held on Sunday (11 November), with seven parades across the borough.   Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join veterans and civic dignitaries for the parades, which will take place in Rochdale, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Norden, Milnrow and Wardle.

Members of the public are invited to attend to show their gratitude to servicemen and women.

The mayor, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, said: “On Sunday I will lay a wreath on behalf of all the people in our borough, with feelings of pride and sorrow, bearing the words 'Not Forgotten'.  We should take this time to remember all those affected by wars, the millions who have lost their lives, war veterans and their families. They will never be forgotten.”

You can download the orders of service which includes hymns, prayers, readings and other details at 

A limited number of printed order of services will be available on the day.

Parade details


  • 10:15am       Organisations assemble at Yorkshire Street (St Marys Gate End)
  • 10:45am       Depart, heading down Yorkshire Street onto The Esplanade, arrive at Cenotaph 
  • 10:45am       Ward Councillors, Magistrates, Officers and other Civic guests assemble in the Town Hall Exchange.
  • 10:50am       Mayor, Chief Executive, MP, Leader of the Council and Opposition Leader, Church leaders leave the main entrance of the Town Hall for the Service at the Cenotaph.  At the end of the march past, Mayoral Party returns to Town Hall and Parade goes to Packer Street.
  • 12:00pm       Rochdale commemorates the centenary of the end of World One War Onewith a carousel, swing boats and other family entertainment. 


  • 10:15am      Parade meets on Tower Street, Heywood (anytime from 09.30)
  • 10:30am      Parade sets off from Tower St, left to St James’ Street, right  onto Bridge St, along Market Street, Market Place and right onto Hind Hill Street, left into Heywood Memorial Gardens.
  • 10:45am       Parade arrives at Hind Hill St and the Gardens.
  • 10:55 to 11:15am     Remembrance Service at the Memorial Gardens.
  • 11:20am       Parade sets off for March Past from Hind Hill St, via Pine St, Hornby St, LCpl Stephen Shaw Way (for salute) and march back up Market Place, Market Street, Bridge Street, St James’s Street back to Tower Street. 


  • 10am          Assemble at Hare Hill House.
  • 10:30am     Parade leaves for Memorial, turns left into Hare Hill Road and left into Church Street.
  • 10:55am     Service at Memorial.
  • 11:35am     Parade returns to Hare Hill Park following the same route.


  • 10:15am     Assemble facing the Harbord  Harbord pub (Wetherspoon's) in Long Street, heads south past Middleton Gardens turns right into Middleton Way, turns left into Manchester Road, arrives at Middleton Memorial Gardens.
  • 10:25am     Parade leaves for Middleton Remembrance Gardens following the same route.
  • 10:45am     Service begins.


  • 10:30am      Parades start from Norden Churches.
  • 10:50am      Remembrance Service at the Memorial Gardens (Junction of Woodhouse Lane and Edenfield Road).
  • 11:00am      Two minutes silence.
  • 11:05am      Laying of wreaths.
  • 11:10am      Parades dismiss.


  • 10:30am      Assemble at Harmony Street band hut.
  • 10:40am      Parade leaves for Milnrow Memorial park, turn right onto Cornfield Street. Turn right onto Newhey Road, arrive Milnrow Memorial park.
  • 10:55am      Service at Cenotaph
  • 11:20am       Parade returns to Harmony Street using the same route.


  • 2:15pm         Assemble at Village Square, Wardle.
  • 2:30pm         Parade leaves for Memorial, heads South along Ramsden Road, branch right on Wardle Road.
  • 3:00pm         Service at Memorial.
  • 3:30pm         Parade returns to village square along the same route.

The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life.  Current or ex Armed Forces personnel can register for help or get more information by visiting  If they encounter difficulties when accessing services from the council or its partners email or call the council on 01706 926989.


05 Nov 2018