Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plaque for Gracie Is Unveiled

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plaque for Gracie Is Unveiled

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THE latest plaque to form part of the soon-to-be-launched Gracie Fields trail has been unveiled in the grounds of Rochdale's oldest church.

Dame Gracie Fields' parents, Fred and Jenny Stansfield, were married at St Chad's in 1897. Gracie was baptised at the church as Grace Stansfield in 1898 and a memorial service was also held there shortly after her death in 1979.

The unveiling of the plaque, at the top of Church Lane, was attended by Paul Bollington, who remembers the crowds at the church following her death. Paul, who is secretary at St Chad's, said: "The day of her memorial service was the busiest the church had ever been, with more than 1,000 people attending. Celebrities like Russell Harty, Larry Grayson and the Coronation Street cast came, and so many people had gathered outside that we broadcast the service with loud-speakers. …

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