MANCHESTER Day took off with a bang this year. There were around 100,000 people in the city centre to watch a parade in which Tameside featured prominently.
The annual event, which had a Eureka! theme to tie in with Manchester being the European City of Science, celebrated Manchester’s scientific firsts.
Tameside Cultural Services’ deputation of armed services veterans, Scouts and Guides, carried a huge spaceman they designed and built under the banner “Reach for the Stars”. And what better day to show it off to the crowds lining the streets than the one on which Britain’s real-life spaceman, Major Tim Peake, returned to earth from the International Space Station?
Official mascot Elbot led the procession, which snaked its way from Liverpool Street to Exchange Square.
Tameside’s element - including the newly established Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) group - received a £17,000 grant from the Ministry of Defence’s covenant fund which demonstrates the Government’s commitment to backing schemes under the Armed Forces Covenant.
The fund supports integration projects which involve civilian and military communities working together to increase the understanding between them. Bringing groups together to design, build and take part in the parade fulfilled its brief to integrate and foster community cohesion.
If you missed the Manchester Day parade, you have another chance to see the Tameside spaceman at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Victoria Park, Denton, this Saturday (June 25) 1 to 3pm.