Borough remembers the fallen

A special Remembrance ceremony takes place in Victoria Square, St Helens, at 10.40am on Sunday 8 November to honour those who fell during the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries – including hundreds of local servicemen and women.

Prior to the service a Remembrance parade, organised by St Helens Council and the Royal British Legion will make its way from Birchley Street to the war memorial in front of St Helens Town Hall.

The parade will be headed by veterans and young representatives from the cadets, scouts and guides – and will assemble by Birchley Street car park before proceeding to the war memorial.

Those taking part in the parade will be joined by the Mayor of St Helens,
Councillor Steve Glover, St Helens South MP Marie Rimmer, councillors and civic guests.

There will be a two-minute silence at 11am, followed by a religious
service. After the National Anthem, wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph.
Charlotte Welsby-Riley will perform during the event along with Haydock
Male Voice Choir and Valley Brass Band.

St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Remembrance Sunday is a welcome opportunity for all of us to pay tribute to those who gave their
lives for their country – not just in the two World Wars, but in all the
conflicts that have taken place since.”

Poppies or wreaths will be available before the day of the service from a
Royal British Legion stall in the Hardshaw Centre.

Other local events will also be taking place to mark the occasion. In
Newton-le-Willows the focal point will be the war memorial at Earlestown
Town Hall, with the event due to get underway at 10.45am. St Helens North MP Conor McGinn and Deputy Mayor of St Helens Councillor Dave Banks are among those due to attend.