HERE is a list and the times of the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday services taking place over the next few days in St Helens.

Remembrance Sunday Events

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Victoria Square

The town centre service  will take place at Victoria Square in St Helens Town Centre, on Sunday, November 12 at 10.30am where a parade - led by Armed Forces veterans and young representatives from the cadets, scouts and guides - will make its way from Birchley Street to the cenotaph near St Helens Town Hall. 

In attendance will be Mayor of St Helens Borough and Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Lynn Clarke; Council Leader David Baines and MP for St Helens South and Whiston, Marie Rimmer, are among those expected to attend.

The ceremony – which will be signed by an interpreter – will open with a welcome and prayers from Revd Rachel Shuttleworth before the square observes a two-minute silence at 11am.

After the two-minute silence, the ceremony will continue with words of commemoration and readings from veterans as well as performances from Valley Brass Band and Anna the Golden Age Songbird - before the laying of wreathes and planting of crosses.

Afterwards, a St Helens Archive exhibition of historic materials will be on display in St Helens Town Hall where Anna the Golden Age Songbird will perform a number of wartime hits, with light refreshments available.


Over in Newton-le-Willows, the focal point will be the war memorial at Earlestown Town Hall, with the event due to get underway at 10.45am.

St Helens Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron; St Helens North MP Conor McGinn; Lord Dave Watts and a representative from the Lord Lieutenants office are among those expected to attend, as well as a number of local schools and community groups.

After the parade, a church service, led by Reverend Tim Griffiths, will be held at St John’s Church, followed by refreshments at Newton Function Room on Patterson Street.

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Elsewhere in the borough

There will also be public services at:

• The war memorial at the junction of Burrows Lane and St Helens Road, Eccleston Park, 10.50am

• St Anns Church, Rainhill at 10.30am

• Vista Road Remembrance Garden in Haydock at 2.45pm

• All Saints Parish Church in Rainford at 10am, with light refreshments served in the village hall following the service

Armistice Day (Saturday, November 11) and other events

Small services will also be held the day before on Armistice Day (Saturday, November 11) from 10.45am in Victoria Square, Earlestown, Rainford and Crank – while local primary schools will gather for an annual service at Billinge’s Remembrance Garden on Friday, November 10 from 10.40am.