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All the Remembrance Sunday services and parades confirmed across Greater Manchester

Services are set to take place across Greater Manchester to commemorate Remembrance Sunday

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As Greater Manchester prepares to mark Remembrance Sunday, the city and surrounding towns confirm services set to take place this weekend.

The national day is held on the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day in November and provides an opportunity to commemorate the contribution of the British and Commonwealth service men and women, and those who we have lost in the two world wars and conflicts since.

A two-minute silence is held at the 11th minute of the 11th hour during the 11th month as the nation remembers them.

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 12th with services across the city-region set to take place.

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Plans for the city centre service will see a procession through the streets, meeting at St Peter’s Square where a ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph as well as the the laying of poppy wreaths.

Councillor Yasmine Dar, Lord Mayor of Manchester said: “It is with solemnity that we come together today, Remembrance Sunday, to reflect on both the conflicts past and those that persist today.

“It gives us the opportunity to pay our deepest respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and to honour our veterans and the brave men and women serving in our armed forces.

“Let us also, remember the innocent civilians who, tragically have lost their lives, men, women, children, and babies. It is my privilege to mark this commemoration with the people of Manchester.”

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Surrounding towns will also hold their own ceremonies at their local Cenotaphs.

Remembrance Sunday Parade plans set to take place across Greater Manchester are as follows:

Manchester city centre

The Remembrance procession will leave John Dalton Street at 10.25am led by the combined Lancashire Artillery Volunteers and Greater Manchester Police Band.

The Civic procession will depart from Mount Street at 10.45am led by the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band. Both will meet at St Peter’s Square at the Cenotaph.

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Civic dignitaries, servicemen and women, service and ex-service organisations, faith leaders, emergency services and other uniformed organisations will be invited to pay their respects at the Cenotaph in St. Peter’s Square along with members of the public.

The firing of a 105mm gun will mark the beginning and end of the traditional two-minute silence. When the Cenotaph service ends, the Parade will proceed to Central Library for the March Past by Services and ex-Service organisations led by the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band.

The National Anthem will be played at the conclusion of the March Past at Central Library.

Crowd control barriers will be removed and roads reopened when the event is finished.

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Salford

The parade will leave The Old Pint Pot at 10.30am and march down to the Cenotaph opposite Salford Crescent train station for 10.40am.

Across Salford, services will be held in: 

Swinton 

Eccles

Irlam 

Little Hulton

(See local council pages for further details).

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Trafford

The borough will also see a number of services taking place in local areas to mark the day.

Services will take place across:

Stretford

Sale

Urmston

Altrincham

Hale

Hale Barns

Partington

Bowden

(See local council websites for further details).

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Tameside

A service with a two-minute silence will be held outside Dukinfield Town Hall at 11am.

Several services will take place across Tameside to mark Remembrance Sunday, including:

Denton

Audenshaw

Droylsden

Godley

Millbrook

Ashton

(See local council websites for further details).

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Stockport

Residents are invited to observe a two-minute silence held on Saturday, November 11th.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Graham Greenhalgh will attend the commemoration held at the steps of the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.

On Remembrance Sunday, a service will also take place outside the War Memorial with a two-minute silence at 11am.

(See local council websites for further details).

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Oldham

A service will be held at the War Memorial, opposite the Old Town Hall, commencing at 10.50am. All Ex-Service and Civilian Organisations will assemble at New Radcliffe Street at 10.20am and proceed to the War Memorial at 10.30am.

(See local council websites for further details).

Rochdale

A service will take place at Rochdale Cenotaph, Rochdale Memorial Gardens at 10.55am. The parade will march to the Cenotaph using the pedestrian area at 10.50am.

(See local council websites for further details).

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Bolton

Three Remembrance events will be held in Bolton.

A concert will take place at the Albert Halls on Friday, November 10th at 7pm. An Armistice Day Service will also take place on Saturday, November 11th from 10.50am at Victoria Square.

Remembrance Sunday will see a service take place on Sunday, November 12th, also held in Victoria Square from 10.40am.

(See local council websites for further details).

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Huge beer festival with more than 500 different varieties coming to Manchester

Can’t wait for this!

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back for another year, bringing with it more than 80 breweries and 500 different beers to sample.

The fourth edition of the festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th.

Cloudwater, Track, Marble, Northern Monk, Bundobust, Sureshot and Seven Brothers will be there to represent Manchester, alongside other UK stalwarts like Deya, Verdant, Siren and Leeds’ North Brewing Co.

Manchester Craft Beer Festival


Heritage breweries like Timothy Taylor’s, Chouffe and Timmermans will also be there, as well as international breweries from the US, Greece, Spain and Australia.

There will also be some great food options to line your stomach, including bao buns, crispy chicken and katsu tater tots at Bone Daddies, as well as Almost Famous, Bundobust, MorMor and Voodoo Rays.

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Greg Wells, director of Manchester Craft Beer Festival, said: “It’s been a disheartening year for Manchester’s beer scene so far with closure of the beloved Indy Beer Con Fest and the unsuccessful debut of the International Brewing and Cider Festival, but we’re pleased to announce our return and bring more of what has been loved in the past three years.

“With even more breweries and experiences on offer and larger capacity this year, we’re buzzing to be back to satisfy all the beer lovers out there.

“The addition of a complimentary trade session to our programme is all about promoting this world class beer city and a small gesture to support all the incredible people who work across the drinks and hospitality industries.

“We all have a mutual understanding of the hardships our industries have faced in recent times so we thought it’d be a nice gesture to get everyone together for the love of drinks, food and music to celebrate beer and ourselves!”

Manchester Craft Beer Festival


The entry price includes all your drinks throughout your session, as well as festival glass and access to all the events happening.

And as it’s on during the Euros, it will be screening the football too.

Day tickets cost £57 per day session – with a discount for four tickets – or £145 for the whole weekend. Grab tickets HERE.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

The Vain Photography / Manchester Flower Festival

Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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