Remembrance parade to honour fallen

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A SPECIAL remembrance ceremony is being held to honour the hundreds of servicemen and women who fell during all conflicts since the First World War.

Prior to the service, a remembrance parade organised by St Helens Council and the Royal British Legion will make its way from Birchley Street to the war memorial in front of St Helens Town Hall.

The parade will be headed by veterans and young representatives from the cadets, scouts and guides setting off from Birchley Street car park.

Those taking part in the parade will be joined by the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Steve Glover, St Helens South MP Marie Rimmer, councillors and civic guests.

The service will start at 10.40am at in Victoria Square on November 8 and will be followed by a two-minute silence at 11am and a religious service. Wreaths will then be laid at the Cenotaph following the National Anthem.

Charlotte Welsby-Riley will perform during the event along with Haydock Male Voice Choir and Valley Brass Band.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Remembrance Sunday is a welcome opportunity for all of us to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their country - not just in the two World Wars, but in all the conflicts that have taken place since.”

Poppies and wreaths will be available before the day of the service from a Royal British Legion stall in the Hardshaw Centre.

The war memorial at Earlestown Town Hall will also be the focal point of a ceremony in Newton-le-Willows from 10.45am.

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn and Deputy Mayor Councillor Dave Banks are among those due to attend.