Birkenhead’s Friends of Flaybrick announce annual Service of Remembrance

Popular local charity the Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens are gearing up for their annual Service of Remembrance which is to take place on Armistice Day, Friday 11 November 2022.

The service will be led by ministers from local churches and more than 400 guests are expected to join the Friends on the day, including Birkenhead’s MP Mick Whitley and the Deputy Mayor of Wirral Cllr Jerry Williams.

Children from local schools will also take an active part in the service. Attendees are asked to begin to assemble at the Cross of Sacrifice in front of the chapels from around 10:40am on the day.

Rob Dolphin, Chair of the Friends of Flaybrick, said, “The ceremony gives us the once-a-year opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that that we can live in freedom and our volunteer group will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to prepare for the day.

“We’re delighted to have local schools on board and are very grateful to Mick Whitley MP and Cllr Jerry Williams for taking time out of their schedules to attend.

“We’re expecting our usual numbers of supporters to be at the ceremony and with local schools attending, we anticipate somewhere in the region of 400 people being there on the day. All those living locally or anyone with an interest in Flaybrick Memorial Gardens is more than welcome to attend.”

The Friends of Flaybrick recently completed their programme of guided walks for 2022. Six public walks between April and September attracted, on average, over 60 people, while volunteers from the Friends also led a number of private walks for organisations and gave a series of presentations to local interest groups.

The Friends will release more information about 2023’s programme of walks in due course, and they are already starting to take bookings for private walks and presentations for next year.

If you are part of an organisation that would like to arrange a private walk or presentation, please contact the Friends via their website – www.flaybrick.org – for more details. You can also follow the Friends on Facebook by searching for ‘Flaybrick Memorial Gardens’ and on Twitter at @FlaybrickFriend

Image: Photos from the 2021 Service of Remembrance – the then Mayor of Wirral, Cllr George Davies, laying a wreath on behalf of Wirral Council, and Rev Joe Smith from St Oswald’s Church, Bidston, who led the service 

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