Wirral residents are being invited to come together again this year and show their appreciation for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Remembrance Sunday services will return to the borough on Sunday 14 November after the COVID-19 emergency led to local commemorations – and many others across the country – being cancelled or scaled back in 2020.
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor George Davies, will join HM The Queen’s representative, The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, along with 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. The Mayor will then move on to Thornton Hough to join their afternoon service.
Although the traditional service and parade will take place at the cenotaph, the current high rate of infection means that Birkenhead town hall will remain closed before, during and after the service to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, which is known to be much higher in busy indoor spaces.
All those attending are being asked to take precautions to help keep themselves and others safe, including:
- Continuing regular testing and taking a rapid LFD test in the 24 hours before the service
- Not attending if feeling unwell and following the commemorations on TV or radio instead
- Wearing a face covering
- Socially distancing wherever possible
- Sanitising hands regularly
The Mayor said, “Like many other residents I was very disappointed that we could not stand side by side last year to remember the fallen and show our appreciation for their sacrifice.
“And while I am immensely honoured to be able to take part and lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Wirral this year, it is vital that we all do everything we can to make it as safe as possible – particularly as we have the privilege of welcoming so many veterans and older people to our Remembrance services.
“I would therefore urge all those attending to follow the guidance and, if anyone feels uneasy about joining large crowds, to consider following the national service live on TV and perhaps visiting one of our war memorials to pay their respects at a quieter time later in the day.”
Details of Remembrance services across Wirral are as follows:
- Bebington – Christ Church, Kings Road at 10:00am followed by a service at the Higher Bebington Royal British Legion at 12 noon.
- Prenton – Short Service at St. Stephen’s Church at 10:00am followed at 10.45 am War Memorial at Junction of Osmaston Road and Prenton Lane
- Bromborough – St. Barnabas Church at 10:15am
- Bidston – St. Oswald’s Church at 10:15am
- Wallasey – The Parade will leave at 10:20am from outside the Egremont Ferry Pub for the service at the War Memorial, Magazines Promenade, New Brighton
- Heswall – St. Peter’s Church, Lower Village at 10.45am followed by wreath-laying at The Cenotaph
- West Kirby – Grange Hill 10:30 for 10:45am
- Moreton – The Cenotaph at corner of Maryland Lane and Pasture Road at 10:35 for 10:55am
- Upton – War Memorial outside the public library at 10:45am
- Port Sunlight – War Memorial at 10:45am followed by a service at Christ Church
- Birkenhead – The Cenotaph, Hamilton Square at 10:55am
- Thornton Hough War Memorial at 2.20 for 2.40pm