At Remembrance Sunday parades and services on 8 November West Lancashire will pay tribute to those brave people who have suffered or lost their lives serving their country.
West Lancashire Mayor, Councillor Nikki Hennessy, who will be attending services in Ormskirk and Burscough, said: “Remembrance Sunday is a very important day when we come together to honour brave men and women who have died in the service of their country. West Lancashire is very proud of its links with the armed forces and large numbers attend the parades every year. We will all gather with pride to pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Councillor Hennessy added: “Personally, my family are proud service men and women, and my husband and I both served for over 30 years each with the Territorial Army (TA), (the Royal Logistic Corps and Parachute Regiment respectively).”
The Mayor, Councillor Nikki Hennessy, accompanied by West Lancashire Borough Council’s Managing Director (People and Places), Gill Rowe, will attend the event. The parade assembles at St Anne’s RC Church at 9.30am for a short service which begins at 9.40am, and will include a minute’s silence, Last Post and Reveille. Then at 9.50am the parade will march to the War Memorial in Coronation Park for a service. There will be a minute’s silence, Last Post, laying of wreaths and Reveille. At 10.10am the parade will march to Ormskirk Parish Church for the main Service of Remembrance, which will start at 10.30am. This will be followed by the march past and salute at the main gate of the Parish Church. The parade will then march to the Civic Hall, where refreshments will be provided.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Liz Savage, accompanied by the Borough Council’s Managing Director (Transformation), Kim Webber, will join the parade which marches from Whitemoss Road, Skelmersdale, at 10.35am, to the war memorial on Sandy Lane for a service and wreath laying ceremony at 11am, which will include a minute’s silence, Last Post and Reveille. Refreshments will be available after the service at the Winchester, Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale and also at the Wardens’ Club, Blaguegate Lane, Skelmersdale.
The Mayor will attend the parade and service in Burscough. The parade assembles outside Legion headquarters, Lord Street, Burscough at 1.45pm and marches off at 2pm to the War Memorial in Junction Lane where a wreath is laid. The Parade then marches to St. John’s Parish Church for a Service, which will include a minute’s silence, Last Post and Reveille. Following this the Parade will re-form and march past the saluting base. Refreshments will be provided at the Legion Headquarters.
In addition, Parish Councils in Aughton, Lathom and Up Holland are arranging parades and ceremonies, and services will be held at many churches in the Borough.
Two Minute silence: 11 November
Ormskirk: West Lancashire Borough Council has organised a service and two minute silence ceremony at 11am on Wednesday 11 November in Ormskirk town centre. The event takes place at the Clock Tower and will be attended by the Deputy Mayor, members of the local clergy, Councillors and senior officers. Members of the public are very welcome to come along to the service and ceremony and are invited to gather from 10.45am onwards.
Burscough: There will be a short service and a two minute silence at 11am on Wednesday 11 November at the HMS Ringtail Monument, off Pippin Street Roundabout, Burscough after which wreaths will be laid at the monument. People are welcome to gather around 10.45am.