West Lancashire to remember the fallen
- Armistice Day will be 11 November
- Remembrance Sunday will follow on 14 November
- Mayor and Council representatives will join public for commemorations
Every year on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, our communities pay tribute to those who have lost their lives serving our country. Armistice Day tributes will take place on 11 November followed by Remembrance Sunday commemorations across the Borough on November 14.
In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the traditional parades and services and residents were instead asked to pay their respects by observing a two minute silence wherever they were, creating a remembrance space in their gardens and donating to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
This year will see a welcome return to the traditional parades and gatherings where everyone is invited to join together to mark these important occasions.
Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Gordon Johnson said: "We are delighted to be able to return to the traditional way in which we honour those who have fallen while in service.
"2021 is the centenary year of the Royal British Legion, making this year's commemorations even more poignant. West Lancashire will always remember the sacrifices made to protect our citizens and our freedoms."
Details of the commemorations across the Borough are as follows:
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES, 14 NOVEMBER
The Parade assembles at the War Memorial in Granville Park for the Service of
The Mayor, Councillor Gordon Johnson, will attend a short service of remembrance at
13.45pm at the War Memorial in Junction Lane followed by the laying of wreaths.
There will be a short wreath laying service at the War Memorial.
The Parade assembles at Lathom Park War Memorial, Hall Lane for a wreath laying
Ceremony at 10.30am which is followed by a Service of Remembrance in Lathom Park
Chapel at 11.00am.
The Mayor, Councillor Gordon Johnson, WLBC Chief Operating Officer, Jacqui
Sinnott-Lacey and Rosie Cooper MP will attend a short service at St. Anne’s R.C.
Church followed by one-minute's silence, playing of the Last Post, the laying of
wreaths and Reveille.
Parade will march to the War Memorial in Coronation Park for another short service,
a one-minute silence, playing of Last Post, laying of wreaths and Reveille.
Parade will march to the Parish Church. A salute will be taken on the way.
Main Service of Remembrance will take place at 10.45 inside the Parish Church with the playing of the Last Post, laying of wreaths and Reveille.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Marilyn Westley accompanied by WLBC Corporate
Director of Place and Community, Heidi McDougall, will join the Parade, which
marches from Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale at 10.35am, to the War Memorial in
Sandy Lane for a service and wreath laying ceremony at 11.00am.
The Parade assembles at the War Memorial at Vicarage Corner for a 30-minute
wreath laying ceremony.
ARMISTICE DAY SERVICES, THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER
There will be a short service and a two-minute silence at 11am at the War Memorial in Coronation Park, Ormskirk. All are welcome to arrive from approx 10.45am.
HMS RINGTAIL MONUMENT, PIPPIN STREET, RINGTAIL RETAIL PARK
There will be a short service and a two-minute silence after which wreaths will be laid at the monument. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Marilyn Westley will represent the Mayor. All are welcome to arrive for approximately 10.15am.