Remembrance Sunday services
REMEMBRANCE Sunday Services will take
place across Wirral, on Sunday, 13 November 2016.
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Pat Hackett, will join representatives from the
armed forces, veterans, cadets and the emergency services at The Cenotaph in
Hamilton Square, Birkenhead for Wirral's Civic Service at 10.55am, before
heading to the Thornton Hough service in the afternoon.
The Mayor said:- "As well as being the most important duty of my Mayoral
year, it is a real honour to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of everyone
in Wirral. The Service of Remembrance is always a moving experience and I
hope that as many people as possible will join me in Hamilton Square, or go
along to their local service, to remember the bravery and sacrifices made by so
many veterans and their families, right up to the present day."
Civic Remembrance Services across the Wirral are as
► 10.55am The Cenotaph, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.
► 10.00am Christ Church, Kings Road, Bebington, followed by a
Service at the
Higher Bebington British Legion at 12 noon.
► 10.15am St. Barnabas Church, Bromborough.
► 10.30am St. Oswald's Church, Bidston.
► 10.45am Grange Hill, West Kirby.
► 10.45am St. Peter's Church, Lower Village, Heswall, followed by wreath laying at
The Cenotaph, Heswall.
► 10.45am The Cenotaph, corner of Maryland Lane and Pasture Road, Moreton.
► 10.15am for The Parade will leave the Royal British
Legion, Wallasey for the
10.55am Service at the War Memorial, Magazines Promenade, New Brighton.
► 10.00am for Short Service at St. Stephen's Church
followed at 10.45am, at the War Memorial, on the Junction of Osmaston Road and Prenton Lane, Prenton.
► 10.45am War Memorial outside the Public Library, Ford Road, Upton.
► 10.45am War Memorial, Port Sunlight Village followed by a service at Christ
Church, Port Sunlight Village.
► 2.40pm Service at the War Memorial, Thornton Hough.
Transport police issue
urgent warning to vandals
Transport Police Officers fear a death could be imminent if graffiti vandals
continue to risk their lives venturing onto the railway. They say that recent
evidence of graffiti on the Manchester to Liverpool line demonstrates the
increasingly precious positions graffiti vandals are risking to boost their
Inspector Jayne Lewis said:- "Recent examples of graffiti on rail
stanchions (poles that hold overhead electric lines in place) on the Chat Moss
line which runs from Manchester Deal Street to Edge Hill, show the risks these
people are willing to take in a bid to gain glory among the graffiti community,
but where is the glory in being electrocuted or maimed? Apart from the fact that
this is a serious criminal offence it is extremely dangerous. Climbing onto the
railway in a bid to get their tag in ever more daring places will inevitably
result in serious injury or death. We cannot overemphasise that the railway can
be an incredibly dangerous place. Going to such lengths to vandalise the railway
is staggeringly stupid, especially given the close proximity to overhead lines.
In fact it is nothing short of miraculous that the offenders in this case were
Transport Police Officers have increased patrols in the area and continue to
work with colleagues in the rail industry to deter vandals and apprehend and
prosecute those who the indulge in any kind of criminal activity on the rail
remember fallen on Remembrance Sunday
A special tribute to mark
the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme will form part of Liverpool's
Service of Remembrance, on Sunday, 13 November 2016.
Led by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, the service will take place at
the Cenotaph on St George's Plateau. During the service a carrier pigeon bearing
a prayer for peace, which was written during the First World War, will be
released. The bird symbolises those pigeons which were used to send messages
from the front during what was one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War.
From 10.40am there will be performances from The Band of the Duke of Lancaster's
Regiment, singer Danielle Louise Thomas and St Edward's College Senior Choir,
with the service officially starting at around 10.55am.
The carrier pigeon will be released, the Last Post will be played and then at
11am a firing gun will signal both the start and finish of the 2 minute silence
across the City.
Following the silence, wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph and thousands of
poppy petals will drop from the roof of St George's Hall. A prayer of
thanksgiving will be delivered by the Bishop of Liverpool the Right Reverend
Paul Bayes, followed by a prayer from Zia Choudhry MBE, representing the
Merseyside Council of Faiths. The Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend
Malcolm McMahon, will then lead on the Act of Dedication and Blessing.
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 Roz Gladden, said:- ?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
The service, commentary for which will be provided by BBC Radio Merseyside's
Roger Phillips, will also be shown on a large screen so everyone attending the
event will be able to watch the proceedings.
Please note that on Sunday 13 November, the following road closures will be in
► William Brown Street/Lime Street (7am to 1pm).
► William Brown Street/Old Haymarket (7am to 1pm).
► Lime Street from London Road to Copperas Hill (9.30am to 1.00pm).
► St John's Lane and St George's Place between Old Haymarket and Lime Street
(9.30am to 1.00pm).
► Access to the Holiday Inn Hotel and St John's car park will be maintained from
► Lord Nelson Street from Hotham Street to Lime Street.
► Queens Square Bus Station (9.30am to 1.00pm).
The Queensway Tunnel (the Birkenhead Tunnel) will also be closed in both
directions on Sunday for essential maintenance. Drivers are advised to use the
Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel which will be open, but to allow for extra journey
times in case of delays.