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Lest We Forget: borough to remember the Gulf War
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A ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War will be held in Rochdale to Mark the 25th anniversary of the war.

A remembrance service will be held on Friday 26th February at 5.00pm at Rochdale Cenotaph. The service will mark the 25th Anniversary of the war and Operation Granby, the name given to British military operations during the conflict.

Almost 54,000 British troops were deployed on Operation Granby and faced danger and uncertainty in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait. Although the war was an overwhelming success, 47 servicemen sadly paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Over the last year or so a lot of attention has rightly been given to commemorate the First World War. Although the Gulf War was not as devastating, 47 British Servicemen lost their lives and each and everyone one of them deserves to be remembered. Those who did come home also need to be honoured for the hardship they endured, some gave a little some gave all. There will also be people in our borough affected by the conflict and I would hope they are able to take part in the service

The Gulf War has at times been referred to as the Forgotten War, The 100-Hour War and even the Dirty War. It lasted until 28 February 1991 and ended in the successful liberation of Kuwait from Iraq.

Commemorations of the Gulf War will continue on Saturday 27 February when a festival will be held at Rochdale Town Hall. The evening will comprise of, The Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums, The Fusilier Association Band, the Fusilier Association Corps of Drums and the Ambassadors Tribute Act. Tickets are available from Rochdale Town Hall, The Fusilier Museum or by telephoning 0161 763 8963. For information tel. 07930 908 068

Lest We Forget

26th February @1700hrs service at Rochdale Cenotaph to mark the 25 anniversary of the Gulf war. Friday 26th also coincides with the worst day of the war. The loss of 11 men. 9 in the Warrior incident and a further 2 in the action at Objective Lead.

27th February @1830 for 1900 start. Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall. On the evening we will have the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums, The Fusilier Association Band, The Fusilier Association Corps of Drums and the Ambassadors Tribute Band

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