Battle of the Somme commemoration set for St George’s Plateau

Liverpool’s Remembrance Sunday service will include a special tribute at St George’s Plateau to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Led by Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden, the memorial event will include performances from The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, singer Danielle Louise Thomas and St Edward’s College Senior Choir.

During the service, a carrier pigeon bearing a prayer for peace will be released, the Last Post will be played and a firing gun will signal both the start and finish of a two-minute silence across the city.

This will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph and thousands of poppy petals will drop from the roof of St George’s Hall.

Prayers and blessings will then be delivered by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Zia Choudhry MBE, representing the Merseyside Council of Faiths, and The Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon.

A short parade and march will conclude the service, after which members of the public will be invited to lay their own wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Cllr Gladden, says: “This is one of the most important events in the city’s calendar and it’s a privilege to lead this service and encourage everyone to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

“It is always an emotional and sombre time, and with the addition of the symbolic carrier pigeon, along with the poppy drop it will be a moving ceremony that is a fitting tribute to those men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

“It is always an extremely well attended event, around 10,000 gathered last year, and I hope as many people as possible to come along on Sunday, wear their poppy with pride and show their support for our service personnel, their families and friends, and the hard work and dedication of the Royal British Legion.”

The musical performances will begin at 10.40am, with the service itself starting around 10.55am and the two-minute silence at 11am.

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