Remembrance Sunday services held on Merseyside

Liverpool remembrance Remembrance services have been held across Merseyside and Cheshire

Hundreds of people gathered at the Cenotaph on St George's Plateau in Liverpool for a service of remembrance.

Singer Danielle Thomas and the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment band performed outside St George's Hall after the two minute silence was held at 11:00 GMT.

After prayers and thanksgiving by the Reverend James Booth and a march past, wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan led the Liverpool service and said it was "always a poignant occasion".

'The glorious dead'

Remembrance poppies cover the shrine inside the Cenotaph on April 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
  • King George V introduced Remembrance Day on 7 November, 1919, when he ordered a two-minute silence for those killed in World War I
  • "All locomotion should cease so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead," he said
  • Originally known as Armistice Day after the agreement which ended hostilities "at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month"
  • It became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II and has since grown to encompass all conflicts
  • The poppy became a symbol of remembrance after the flowers which grew on the battlefields, referenced in the poem In Flanders Fields

Source: BBC History

Mrs Sullivan said it was a chance to show "appreciation to our armed forces, past and present".

"We should never forget the sacrifices made by others during times of conflict."

Following the service there was a short parade after which individuals were invited to lay wreaths.

In Wirral, civic leaders joined former servicemen and women to observe the silence at the Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.

The Mayor of Wirral, Gerry Ellis, said he was proud to lead the people of Wirral in remembering everyone who had made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

"We not only paid tribute to the service men and women who lost their lives, but will also remember the pain and loss suffered by their families and friends," he said.

A service was also held at the war memorial in Victoria Square, St Helens, where the Valley Brass Band and wartime singer Heather Marie performed.

Services were held across Merseyside and Cheshire including Bootle, Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Waterloo, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

A special service is planned at Holy Trinity Church, in Formby, at 15:00 GMT.

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