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Staybridge salutes one of it's fallen soldiers

Last Friday, Stalybridge saluted one of its soldier sons when a dedicated ceremony occurred for the newly-opened Kingsman Sean Dawson Way.

Sean, who was only 19, was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, when he died in February, 2010. He was killed during an exchange of gunfire while on night patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His colleagues hailed him as a true lion of England.

The guest of honour at the sombre ceremony was Sean’s father, Sean Dawson senior. Many others attended the event such as the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Tafheen Sharif, Executive Leader, Cllr Ged Cooney, Chief Executive Sandra Stewart, local councillors, Jonathan Reynolds MP for Stalybridge and Hyde as well as representatives of Sean’s schools, Buckton Vale Primary and Copley Academy. 

Members of Stalybridge Royal British Legion were also present with standards.

Cllr Jan Jackson, who represents Tameside Council’s Stalybridge North ward and helped the RBL to organise the ceremony, said: “Everyone in Stalybridge is immensely proud of Sean and we were determined to make sure his heroism would never be forgotten.

“I am delighted we are able to honour his sacrifice in this way. The fact the dedication takes place at the start of November, the time of year when the nation traditionally remembers the fallen, makes the event even more poignant.”

Cllr Vincent Ricci, Tameside Council’s Armed Forces Covenant lead, added: “People sometimes think remembrance is only about the two world wars, but it includes many conflicts.

“Sean was one of five soldiers from the borough who died in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2010. His name, and theirs, are inscribed on the post-1945 war memorial in Ashton with many others.

“As an authority, we are fully committed to supporting our armed forces members, past and present. That’s why we signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012, and it’s why we made a pledge to name new streets built in the borough after local servicemen and women who died in service.”



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