This November sees the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War. The GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Community Group will be marking the event with tributes displayed throughout Gee Cross.
100 large poppies will line a route from The Millennial Stone, off Stockport Road to the entrance of Werneth Low Visitor Centre, which leads to The Cenotaph. The poppies will be on display from 3rd to 17th November, for those wishing to follow the route along Stockport Road and across Spring Avenue to Higham Lane. People can spot these on lamp posts and trees leading to the Visitor Centre. All monies donated to buy a poppy for the lamp posts will be donated to the Royal British Legion.
There will also be a sea of poppies on the Remembrance Cross in the grounds of Hyde Chapel and a display at Holy Trinity School created by the pupils.
Volunteers from GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Community Group recently spent time clearing up the grounds of the churchyard, giving the Remembrance Cross much needed loving care. 300 home-crafted poppies, made from recycled plastic bottles, will be displayed alongside a silhouette of a lone soldier to represent one of the 710 local men who lost their lives in the Great War; some of whom are buried in the chapel grounds.
Chris Gee, Chair of the GX Brabyns Neighbourhood group, said, “ We have been overwhelmed by all the support from the local community. People have been collecting and dropping off plastic bottles for weeks and a group of volunteers have been busy making and painting over 400 poppies for the remembrance display. A couple of talented members of our community have produced an amazing silhouette soldier which will take pride of place. There are also many people who have volunteered to help set up the poppy trail and the display.”
Local businesses will also be displaying their own tributes throughout the village too.
Jane Williams, Secretary of the group added “It’s going to be quite beautiful and emotional to see the various tributes created around the village in remembrance of the 710 men of Hyde and others that were lost and have suffered during various conflicts. We’d like to thank all those who have made donations towards the lamp-post poppies, including Hyde Rotary Club. We’d also like to thank councillors Phil Chadwick & Ruth Welsh for their support, and Tameside Council for their assistance in getting this together”.
At 10.45 am on 11th November, a bugler will play the Last Post during the remembrance service at Hyde Chapel. There will also be a service at the Cenotaph on the Low at 12 noon where there will be a display of 710 rocks decorated by the local community and organised by Hyde War Memorial Trust in remembrance of each of the 710 men.
To read more about the lost men buried in the chapel you can visit the website: www.unitarians.org.uk/hydechapel/world-war-1-stories/
More information about the 710 men of Hyde can also be found at www.hwmt.org