11 Merseyside places you can pay your respects this Remembrance Day
Thousands will descend on St George’s Plateau this Sunday as we remember the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The annual gathering at St George’s Hall Cenotaph is attended by war veterans, civic and religious leaders and members of the armed forces and the general public who come out in their drives for Remembrance. The service, which begins at 10:40am, is led by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy. The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will play alongside performances from singer, Danielle Louise Thomas and St Edwards College Senior Choir.
Sunday’s event (12 November) will commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele – one of the most controversial battles of the First World War, infamous for the scale of casualties and the muddy conditions in which soldiers had to fight – it was also an area where horses were used to transport food and equipment to the front line.
In recognition of the role of horses during the battle, the life-size 8ft tall, fifteen stone equine puppet, ‘Joey’ from West End production ‘War Horse’ will join the city’s civic and religious leaders along with military representatives to lay a wreath in Remembrance of all those who have lost their lives during conflict.
There are many Remembrance Day services taking place across the region, here’s 11 places you can pay your respects…..
1 – Victoria Museum & Gallery
The University of Liverpool will be holding a service to honour staff and students who died during conflict, at the Victoria Museum & Gallery, Ashton Street on Friday 10th November at 10:45am.
2 – Knotty Ash
St Johns Church, Thomas Lane is holding a service of Remembrance from 10:30am on Sunday, attended by the Knotty Ash Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides.
3 – Bootle
A service will be held at Bootle War Memorial, Kings Gardens on Stanley Road from 10:25am and will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson.
4 – Waterloo
You can join the Remembrance Service at Waterloo War Memorial Five Lamps, Gt George’s Road from 10:30am.
5 – Southport
The Southport War Memorial, Monument Square is holding a Remembrance Service from 10:25am.
6 – Kirby
Kirby Cenotaph, which can be found opposite the Kirby Civic Centre will be laden with wreaths as the Royal British Legion holds an outdoor service from 10:30am.
7 – Prescot
Prescot Parish Church is holding an outdoor Remembrance service at 10:50am followed by an indoor service at 11:15am.
8 – Birkenhead
The Cenotaph in Hamilton Square welcomes wreaths and a minutes silence from 10:55am this Sunday.
9 – New Brighton
A parade from Royal British Legion, Wallasey will make its way to the War Memorial at Magazine Parade, New Brighton for a service at 10:55am.
10 – St Helens
Victoria Square, in front of St Helens Town Hall will hold a Remembrance Service at 10:45 on Sunday as a parade of veterans and youngsters makes it way from Birchley Street.
11 – Heswall
Also on the Wirral, St Peter’s Church, Heswall will hold a service from 10:30am with wreath laying at the Cenotaph.
If you’re still on the look out to buy your Poppy, visit the Royal British Legion on Williamson Street (just off Williamson Square) or look out for the poppy sellers and pop up stalls on Church Street over the next few days. Click here to find out how your donations help.