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St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Niamh Procter, six, with a poppy for the Field of Remembrance
St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Niamh Procter, six, with a poppy for the Field of Remembrance
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ST Helens fell silent on Sunday as the town paid its respects to the fallen.

Thousands lined Victoria Square to mark the Remembrance Sunday service.

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Veterans process past the Town Hall steps as The Mayor takes the salute

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Veterans process past the Town Hall steps as The Mayor takes the salute

The service was particularly poignant as it was the first since St Helens solider Christopher Davies was killed in Afghanistan last year.

Numerous organisations and associations took part in the poignant occasion, which included a service led by Rev David Eastwood of Parish Church and prayers led by Rev Deacon David Paul Caldwell of St Mary’s Lowe House and Holy Cross.

St Helens mayor Tom Hargreaves, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, representatives of the Royal British Legion and council leader Marie Rimmer, also laid wreaths.

Cpl Andy Reid, a solider from Eccleston who had both his legs and an arm amputated following a bomb blast in Afghanistan, read the citation “We Will Remember Them”, while Guardsman Davies’ family were among those who laid poppy wreaths at the war memorial.

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: A family places a cross in the Field of Remembrance

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: A family places a cross in the Field of Remembrance

Council leader Marie Rimmer said: “Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal.

“Recent appeals have emphasised the increasing need to help the men and women who are serving today - the Afghan generation – as well as ex-service people and their families.”

LEFT: MP Shaun Woodward lays a wreath at St Helens War Memorial

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Josephine Wilcock fills Victoria Square with a beautifully haunting rendition of Amazing Grace

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: Josephine Wilcock fills Victoria Square with a beautifully haunting rendition of Amazing Grace

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: MP Shaun Woodward lays a wreath at St Helens War Memorial

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: MP Shaun Woodward lays a wreath at St Helens War Memorial

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: The Mayor, Coun Tom Hargreaves, during the two minutes silence

St Helens Remembrance Sunday Service: The Mayor, Coun Tom Hargreaves, during the two minutes silence