Thousands are expected to gather in Liverpool this Sunday (12 November) as the Service of Remembrance takes place in the city.
Veterans and civic leaders will be joined by Joey, the life-sized puppet from the National Theatre production of ‘War Horse’, as the event commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele.
The battle – one of the most controversial of the First World War – saw horses being used to transport food and equipment to the front line.
During the service, which will begin at 10.40am at St George’s Hall, a special reading penned by ‘War Horse’ book author Michael Morpurgo in honour of Liverpool’s remembrance service will be relayed to attendees.
The reading will be followed by the song ‘Only Remembered’ from the play, which will be performed by Ben Murray (Song Man) and St Edwards College’s senior choir.
There will also be contributions from The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and opera singer Danielle Louise Thomas and, following the Bishop of Liverpool’s ‘Thought for Remembrance Day’, the Last Post will lead into a two-minute silence at 11am.
Thousands of poppy petals will drop from the roof of St George’s Hall, which will be followed by the reading of Michael Morpurgo’s verses. Wreaths will then be laid at the Cenotaph and the service will conclude with a short parade and march past, after which individuals will be invited to lay their own wreaths.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, says: “Remembrance Sunday is the most important event in the city’s calendar and it makes me hugely proud that each year, thousands head to St George’s Hall to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.”
From 7am-1pm on Sunday there will be road closures from William Brown Street to Lime Street, and William Brown Street to Old Haymarket.
There will also be closures on Lime Street, St George’s Place and St John’s Lane between 9.30am and 1pm, and Queen’s Square Bus Station will be closed from 9.30am-1pm.