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Episode 2047

Albert Tatlock lays his wreath at the Cenotaph when it was on its original site in front of Manchester Central Library.

The Cenotaph in Manchester is a memorial to the dead of the First and Second World Wars. Unveiled on 11th November 1924 (the sixth anniversary of the 1918 Armistice), it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens who also designed the more famous version in London upon which the Manchester version is based.

Originally sited in St. Peter's Square, the Manchester Central Library was built adjoining it. In 2014, it was moved a short distance to stand in front of the eastern facade of Manchester Town Hall to allow for an expansion of the Metrolink.

In November 1980, Albert Tatlock laid his own wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of his pal Monty Shawcross who had served with him in the Lancashire Fusiliers and who had died a week before, full of plans to travel to London for that year's Remembrance Sunday parade. Albert wanted to go to London in honour of Monty but, unable to raise the funds to go that far, opted to pay his respects more locally instead.

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