With the support of Tameside Councillors and in particular Councillor Teresa Smith there has been a new memorial stone placed at Ryecroft Hall to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and in thanks for those who have returned safely.
This now creates a formal place for remembrance and allows Audenshaw residents greater opportunity to attend and pay tribute to those who have given everything for us.
Councillor Smith worked closely with John Courtman, one of Tameside’s Green Space officers. He approached a company called Lafarge who kindly donated the piece of stone free of charge. It took John a few visits to find the right piece as it had to be of a suitable size and also include a flat area which the memorial plaque could be fitted to.
When the piece was found it was transported by Tameside council’s engineers department and put in place at Ryecroft Hall. John then approached a company called Leander who produced the plaque for us at a very reasonable price. Tameside’s Green Space team then planted and landscaped the area in time for our first remembrance service on 7th November 2015.
We felt it was important that the inscription recognised those who paid the ultimate price during conflict and also give thanks for those who returned safely. We have held two memorial services and are very pleased to say that the numbers who attend are growing.
During World War I, Ryecroft Hall was used as a Red Cross voluntary hospital with over 100 beds making Ryecroft feel like a most fitting place for a remembrance memorial.
Thanks to all who helped to make this happen. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news of the timing for this years remembrance service.
Image from left to right:
Cllr Maria Bailey, High Sheriff Sharman Birtles, Fairfield High School for Girls;Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, Cllr Teresa Smith and Cllr Oliver Ryan.