Bolton will commemorate Remembrance Sunday this year with specially designed poppy markings on roads across the borough.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Remembrance Sunday parades have had to be cancelled across the borough.
However, 12 poppy signs with the wording ‘Lest We Forget’ are being painted near war memorials across the borough, or on roads where parades would have taken place.
Local highways contractor, Kays Traffic Management, offered to install the markings free of charge as a way of helping residents remember those who have died in conflicts around the globe.
Bolton is the first location in the country where poppy signs are being painted on the road.
The first four signs were installed today (October 28) – on Bradshawgate, near the Nelson Square war memorial; Darwen Road, Bromley Cross near the war memorial; Knowsley Street (the nearest location to the Victoria Square memorial), and on Nelson Street (outside the army barracks).
Poppy signs will also be painted near war memorials at the following locations: Albert Road, Farnworth; Chorley New Road; Church Road/Market Street, Westhoughton; Manchester Road in Kearsley; Market Street, Little Lever, and Scholes Bank, Horwich.
Markings will also be installed on Belmont Road, Astley Bridge (near the Royal British Legion) and Manchester Road, Blackrod (near the cemetery).
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “Remembrance Sunday is, for me, the most important day in the civic calendar, and I know how disappointed many residents will be that parades are unable to go ahead this year, and that services at war memorials will not be able to take place as they usually would.
“We were delighted when Kays offered their time and support for free and offered to paint these signs. This is just one of a number of ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to never forget our fallen and will be seen by thousands of Bolton’s residents over the following weeks.
“I urge you all to still support the Royal British Legion who have been unable to do the same level of fundraising as normal.”
Armed Forces champion for Bolton Council and ex-serviceman, Cllr Andy Morgan, added: “Remembrance Sunday commemorates everyone who served in the World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
“This year is the first year for decades we are not able to carry out our normal acts of Remembrance. So it’s really important that the public think of respectful and innovative ways of remembering veterans, both past and present, such as this generous act by Kays.
“On behalf of all our towns veterans I would to thank them.”