Remembrance Sunday 2021 in Liverpool: When is it and what events are taking place

Liverpool is preparing for hundreds of military personnel, veterans and families to take part in the service of remembrance this weekend.

Poppy wreaths at the Liverpool Cenotaph. Image: ShutterstockPoppy wreaths at the Liverpool Cenotaph. Image: Shutterstock
Poppy wreaths at the Liverpool Cenotaph. Image: Shutterstock

Hope and sacrifice will be the themes of this year’s annual service of remembrance in Liverpool.

In a break with tradition, the service on Sunday, 14 November, will be at Liverpool Cathedral instead of St George’s Hall due to the ongoing Lime Street roadworks.

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

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

The event will start at 10:40, with a two-minute silence taking place at 11:00, followed by a poignant poppy drop inside and outside the venue.

During the service, there will be readings, prayers and music contributions by The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

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’.

Parades through the city

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

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, according to Liverpool City Council.

Participants will march from the cathedral, along Rodney Street, Clarence Street, Seymour Street, London Road, dispersing near the Cenotaph outside St George’s Hall.

The Lord Mayor and by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Jane Corbett, will join other key representatives and organisations on Armistice Day on Thursday, 11 November, to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph on St George’s Hall plateau.

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 on Sunday, 14 November, from 10:00 to 16:00.

To mark both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, a number of buildings will be lit up red. These include Cunard Building, St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall and Sefton Park Palm House.

And for anyone who can’t be there in person, the service will be streamed live here.