LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor will
lead the annual service of Remembrance on Sunday, 9 November 2014, at St
George's Hall Plateau.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War
The Band of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and singers Danielle
Louise Thomas and Jack Topping will be performing from 10.40am at St
George's Hall Plateau prior to the start of the Service.
At 11am, after the 'Last Post', a firing gun will mark the
start of a 2 minute silence across the City, followed by the
laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp, said:-
"Liverpool's annual Remembrance Service is an opportunity for the
City to join together and show our appreciation and respect for the
men and women from our armed forces, past and present.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First
World War and it is vital that we never forget the sacrifices made
by others during times of conflict for the freedoms we often take
for granted today.
Remembrance Sunday gives us the chance to take a moment to think of
those who paid the ultimate price and are sadly, no longer with us.
I ask that everyone wears a poppy and shows their support for our
service personnel, their families and friends and the hard work and
dedication of the Royal British Legion."
Following the 2 minute silence, prayers of thanksgiving and
re-dedication will be said by The Bishop of Warrington, The Right
Reverend Richard Blackburn. St Edwards School will provide a 30
strong choir to accompany Danielle Thomas and The Band of The Duke
of Lancaster's Regiment in leading the congregation in singing
There will then be a short parade and march past, after which
individuals will be invited to lay their own wreaths.
The service, which will be conducted by Radio Merseyside's Roger
Phillips, will be shown on a large TV screen situated at the North
End of St George's Hall which will ensure that everyone attending
the event will be able to see the entire service and also feel a
part of it.
This year's remembrance has been registered along with a number of
events taking place under the 'Last Post', a mass participation
project that will see communities across the UK playing the 'Last
Post' on a variety of different instruments to remember lives of
those lost during World War One. The City's annual Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday, 9
November 2014; and there will be various road closures in place to
support the event. The following closures will be in place:-
1. William Brown Street entire length 6.00am to1.00pm.
2. Lime Street between London Road and Ranelagh Street 9.30am to
3. St Johns Lane and St George's Place between Old Haymarket and
Lime Street 9.30am to 1.00pm.
4. Skelhorne Street between Bolton Street and Lime Street 9.30am to 1.00pm.
Access for the Holiday Inn Hotel and St Johns car park will be
facilitated from Skelhorne Street / Bolton Street junction.
All closures will be signed and stewarded. They will remain in force
only for as long as is deemed necessary.
Please be aware if you are in the vicinity of Lime Street on this
day, there will be the firing of a field gun at 11.00am and then
following a 2 minutes silence it will be fired again at 11.02am
smart ticketing scheme to get underway with electronic Saveaway
SAVEAWAY - Merseytravel's
scratch off, off peak day ticket for buses, trains and ferries; is
going electronic, becoming the first product on the Walrus
In a staged roll out, scratch off Saveaways will be replaced with
smartcard versions in Wirral from 24 November 2014, with cards available
across the rest of Merseyside by the end of March.
The tickets, which have been on sale for 40 years, will be available
from around 800 PayPoint outlets across Merseyside, more than
doubling the current number of places people can buy Saveaways.
Due to the popularity of Saveaways, with around 3 million sold last
year, it is anticipated that, in the next 6 months, Merseyside will
be one of the top regions outside London, in terms of smart
Saveaway is just the start of Merseytravel's smart ticketing
programme, with the next few years seeing a roll out of new ticket
products and new ways to purchase them.
A strategy outlining what Merseyside's smart ticketing future will
look like is being developed. Operators are currently working with Merseytravel to agree recommendations that will inform the strategy.
It follows a ticketing review with the purpose of looking afresh at
Merseytravel's suite of ticketing products, many of which have been
around for 30 years, to ensure that ticketing options best meet the
needs of the modern traveller. This has included looking at the
overall price structure and zoning system.
Said Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel:- "Saveaway is
just the start. We have to start somewhere. We were keen to get
smart ticketing underway, but we are taking a reasoned, incremental
approach to it.
The recommendations in the ticketing review will set the direction
for where we go next. We want the products on the cards not just to
be electronic versions of what already exists as that's not really
adding value. We want to develop tickets fit for the modern
traveller, ones that offer convenience, choice and flexibility in
when and how they purchase travel.
We're thinking of the bigger picture and want to start taking our
customers on a journey; a journey we have to take in order to have a
world class network with services to match."
There are additional benefits to smart ticketing. The data gathered
will help Merseytravel, and the operators, better understand
passengers' travelling patterns so transport services can best meet
their needs. It is also expected that smart tickets and the
associated 'touch on' will reduce fraud and associated costs.
For a limited period, up to April 2015, people will be able to get a
smart card for free on purchasing a Saveaway. From April onwards
there will be a £1 activation charge for all new cards. The card is
designed to be kept, re-used and, longer term, to host other
As not all current Saveaway retailers will have the facility to
retail smart Saveaways, there will be a phasing out of scratch off
Saveaway tickets at these outlets over a 2 month period from the
time the scheme is introduced in each area.
Smart Saveaways will not be available from rail stations, but people
will still be able to purchase rail ticket style Saveaways. For more information visit:-