Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

In Touch

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

In Touch

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? WE are organising a reunion for all those inform 5beta from Burnage Grammar, 1959 (pictured above).Most of the former students will be 70 this year. Do you recognise yourself or know anyone in this form photograph? If so contact me on the email address or phone number below, or Geoff Mullin on 01672519889. Geoff Mann Nantwich 01270625780 geoffanndrake@aol.com .

IN reply to the correspondence from Mr Alec Lloyd of Blackley (In Touch, May 11, 2013) concerning the plaque honouring the memory of Rorkes Drift hero, the late Private William Jones.

The tablet to which Mr Lloyd refers is a discarded item formerly installed at the visitors'church, now derelict, at Philips Park Cemetery, Beswick.

In 2007 following our chance meeting, the then Lord Mayor, Cllr Glyn Evans, personally intervened to arrange for a new memorial to honour Pvte Jones, to be erected at the Philips Park Visitor Centre. Thanks to Steve Downey and Steve Southern, senior officers of the Manchester council, the tablet was installed to join another honouring the gallantry of Pvte W. Stringer, a Manchester man who won his V.C. during the First World War. On October 8, 2007, a service of commemoration was held at the visitor centre in the presence of the Lord Mayor, civic dignitaries, the great grandson of Pvte Jones and members of the 1879 Committee in the regimental uniforms of the 24th of Foot - William Jones'old regiment. Volunteers from the Greater Manchester Police Museum dressed in Victorian police uniforms provided a guard of honour and were joined by hundreds of Manchester citizens. Children from a local Beswick school were invited to sing and a bugler of the GMP band sounded the Last Post to finalise the proceedings.

The Lord Mayor and his entourage than visited the grave of William Jones in Philips Park Cemetery to undertake a service of remembrance and to commemorate the erection of a headstone, which was modelled on the Commonwealth War graves pattern. …

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