November 14, 2011 5:34 PM

Royal British LegionLast weekend (Friday 11th- Sunday 13th November) a number of events were held across the Cheadle area paying tribute to members of their armed forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. Local MP Mark Hunter attended five separate ceremonies across the weekend to offer his own tributes to all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The first of the ceremonies (on Armistice Day, Friday 11th November) was held at the Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church on Swann Lane. As part of a service which included a two minute silence, Mr Hunter read the famous war poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McRae to fellow attendees which included youngsters from three local primary schools.

On Saturday, Mark attended a special Civic Service at Yeshurun Synagogue in Gatley, where he was greeted by Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz and President Roger Baker.

On Remembrance Sunday itself, Mr Hunter participated in services in Cheadle Hulme (10am), Cheadle (11am) and Heald Green (12 noon) to pay his tribute to the fallen alongside other civic leaders and several hundred local residents.

Commenting, Mark said:

"I was delighted to support these special events to commemorate those who have fought and died to protect our freedoms.

"I would like to thank all of those who took part in the organisation of the different ceremonies and all those who attended. It is encouraging to see the numbers growing year by year.

"Remembrance Day and Armistice Day are such important occasions - this is a time to respect the loss of those who have died in war; a time to remember how lucky we are to live in a free society; and a time to be grateful for the selfless efforts of others to protect our freedoms."

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