Commemorative services will be honoured 

03/09/09

Two memorial services will be held in Victoria Square over the next fortnight.

To mark Merchant Navy Day a commemorative service will take place on Sunday, September 6.

The service starts at 11.45am and the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman A. Critchley, will attend to pay tribute to the contribution Bolton’s seafarers made. 

The Vicar of Bolton, Reverend Matt Thompson, will lead prayers, which will be followed by the striking of eight bells to mark the start of a two minute silence, in honour of the British merchant seamen who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor and a representative from the Merchant Navy.

The Battle of Britain will be commemorated on Sunday, September 13. War veterans, the Mayor of Bolton, along with other civic dignitaries will be led into Victoria Square by retired Wing Commander Kevan Greenhalgh.

There will be a two minute silence at 12noon before the Mayor lays a wreath at the cenotaph.

Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman A. Critchley said: “I encourage as many people as possible to join me for both these commemorations. The Merchant Navy service is in remembrance of the sacrifices made by seafarers who were serving their country.

“The Battle of Britain ceremony honours all those who lost their lives in the airborne conflict between the British and German air forces. Their bravery will not be forgotten.”   

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