Dean of Liverpool says city ‘an example to the world’ ahead of Service of Remembrance

On Sunday, the city will fall silent when the annual Service of Remembrance takes place in Liverpool Cathedral.

Liverpool fell silent on Thursday to commemorate Armistice Day. On Sunday, the annual Service of Remembrance takes place in Liverpool Cathedral.

Around 1,200 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen from recent conflicts, plus civic dignitaries from across the City Region will gather at the cathedral for the service.

Speaking at the cathedral ahead of the commemorative event, Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool, said her message for Remembrance Day was “one of peace”.

“We need to live together, side by side, with people who are different - different cultures, different race,” she told LiverpoolWorld.

“Liverpool has been on a journey and it knows how to live together. We just need to show the rest of the world how to live together in peace and harmony.”

Big screens will be set up in the cathedral grounds so members of the public can gather and be part of the commemorations.

And for anyone who can’t be there in person, the service will be streamed live via www.liverpool.gov.uk/remembrancesunday.

When does the Remembrance Service start?

The service will start at 10:40, with a two-minute silence at 11:00, followed by a poignant poppy drop outside the venue. There will be readings, prayers, and music contributions by The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment during the service.

Former Lance Corporal Craig Lundberg, who was blinded during a tour in Iraq, will take part in the event. He will give a moving, personal account of his experience on the theme of ‘sacrifice’.

The commemoration will conclude with a march past from the Cathedral and along Upper Duke Street.

Other Remembrance Day events

A number of independently organised marches will also take place after the event, including what is thought to be one of the longest military parades in the country, which will see personnel march from the Cathedral, along Rodney Street, Clarence Street, Seymour Street, London Road and dispersing near the Cenotaph outside St George’s Hall.

Members of the public are invited to lay their wreaths on Sunday, 14 November between 09:00 and 17:00 and the Hall of Remembrance in Liverpool Town Hall is open to the public from 10:00 am to 16:00.

In addition, an art installation of black poppies, created by Liverpool-based artist Faith Bebbington, will be located at the Town Hall in memory of the Black service personnel who supported the war effort.