The Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s new headquarters was officially opened Kieran Quinn Leader of Tameside Council.
The Headquarters moved from its previous offices in the Concord Suite on Manchester Road in Droylsden into Guardsman Tony Downes House on the other side of Manchester Road.
The building has been named after Neil ‘Tony’ Downes, a 20 year old from Droylsden who lost his life in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2007. Tony was serving with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards when he lost his life in an anti-vehicle explosion near the town of Sangin.
Tony’s parents, Sheryl and Ronnie Downes said they are ‘deeply touched by the decision to name the pension fund’s new HQ after Tony. The building is in Droylsden and he was always proud of his Droylsden roots.’
Kieran Quinn said ‘it is important to remember that Tony wasn’t our borough’s only casualty in recent conflicts. Tameside lost six soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. By honouring the one, we honour them all, and of course their names have been recorded in perpetuity on our post-1945 war memorial’
For the Grenadier Guards, regimental adjutant Major Grant Baker explained that Tony “was an excellent soldier who was both liked and respected by all ranks. It is a tragedy that he was taken at such a young age”
“The naming of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund headquarters as Guardsman Tony Downes House is a wonderful tribute to his memory and is a source of great pleasure and pride to both his family and the regiment.”
The Greater Manchester Pension Fund serves public employees across Greater Manchester and is administered by Tameside Council.