Fallen remembered at ceremony for centenary of Godley war memorial

THE fallen from Godley were remembered at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the village’s war memorial.

And the event, which was led by retired Methodist minister, the Rev Stringer, took place on the actual day of the centenary.

It was organised by Godley councillor Jim Fitzpatrick who through chance discovered it was the centenary.

“I was looking through something recently and discovered it was the centenary on July 17. I made some calls and organised the event,” he explained.

The war memorial was built to commemorate victims from the First World War, but a plaque was later added for those who fell in WWII. In total it features about 50 names.

And the Coronation Gates were added in 1953 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

Representatives of the armed forces were present along with Tameside’s mayor Cllr Janet Cooper, local councillors and other local dignitaries.

Wreaths were laid by Cllr Cooper, Cllr Betty Affleck on behalf of Hyde Labour Party and Lucy Turner who represented Godley residents. Andrea Colbourne, chair of Hyde Conservatives, also laid flowers.

Resident Brenda Bonner crocheted poppies which were on display at the war memorial where there was a surprise visitor, a black cat which intruded on proceedings.

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