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 4pm.

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Tameside Community Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the Armed Forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

It exists to redress the disadvantages that the Armed Forces Community faces in comparison to other citizens and to recognise the sacrifices that they have made. At the local level, ‘Community Covenants’ are being signed across the country bringing military and civilian communities together. For more news on the national Covenant please click here

Community Covenants complement, at a local level, the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the service community here in Tameside and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.

Somme 2016

To mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016, a national commemorative event will be held at 12:00 (11:00 GMT) at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Northern France.

In relation to this, Tameside Armed Forces Community will be holding events across the borough.

TASC Gallery

 A couple of images from the Tameside Armed Forces Community gallery.

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"On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind." - Dan Lipinski

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About TASC....

TASC has been created to serve the sixteen thousand veterans currently residing in the Tameside borough. Please feel free to register your details and we will add you to our extensive mailing list.

Community Covenants complement, at a local level, the armed forces covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces.