In a first for Rochdale, in 2018 we created a beautiful pop-up display next to our historic Town Hall. It had a big impact on residents and visitors alike and created a community spirit that’s traversed all generations, backgrounds and religious persuasions.

This was the first year we actively worked with a headline sponsor, Marshalls. We demonstrated that partnership working between a local volunteer group and a key commercial sponsor can produce major benefits for our town centre.

It was so well liked that we were petitioned to keep the display in the town and with the agreement of the council, it was moved over the road to the Memorial Gardens as a more permanent memorial.