Remembrance Sunday services held on Merseyside

Liverpool remembrance
Image caption 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".

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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