Town falls silent on Armistice Day

The Last Post in Victoria Square
The Last Post in Victoria Square

THE town has honoured soldiers killed in battle in the First World War and all those who have died in combat since by falling silent for two minutes.

St Helens fell silent to mark Armistice Day at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the time in 1918 when the guns fell silent along the Western Front in Europe.

Schools, shops, offices and railway stations came to a standstill as residents took time to reflect and pay tribute to those who died serving their country.

In Victoria Square in St Helens town centre the Mayor, Councillor Steve Glover, attended at the Cenotaph, along with councillors, council officers and hundreds of town centre workers and visitors.

A reading by Rev Harry Wood from Parish Church was followed by prayers led by Rev David Paul Caldwell from St Mary’s Lowe House. Words of commemoration were read by Trevor Howard from the Royal Naval Association.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Armistice Day reminds us all how much we owe to those who gave their todays for our tomorrows.”