A series of events will take place in Bolton to mark Remembrance Day, in honour of the sacrifice the town’s war heroes made.
On Sunday, November 8, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman Critchley, will lead civic guests from the town hall onto the steps for the Remembrance Day service, which begins at 10.56am. Guests who would like to join the Mayor for the service should gather at the Festival Hall in the town hall before 10.40am.
The Vicar of Bolton, Reverend Matt Thompson, will conduct the service, with representatives of all faiths in Bolton being invited to participate. The traditional two minutes silence will start at 11am with a maroon being fired to mark the start and end of the silence.
Local Territorial Army officers will then lead the parade, with veterans, members of various communities and representatives from the police and fire taking part.
School children from several schools will lay wreaths on behalf of the borough’s schools and local scouts will be selling poppies throughout. Music will be provided from the Hoover Bolton Band.
The Mayor will also join war veterans and members of the public on Victoria Square to mark Armistice Day on Wednesday, November 11.
There will be short prayers before a two minute silence at 11am, where again the start and end of the silence will be marked by the firing of maroons.
The Remembrance Concert, which has been running for more than 50 years will be another highlight of the Remembrance weekend. It will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 7pm, at the Albert Halls.
Bolton Little Theatre’s excerpt from ‘The Accrington Pals’ will remind audiences of the emotion of the war years, while the Hoover Brass Band transports viewers back to the community spirit which carried the nation to victory.
In addition, there will be performances from Dawn Dawson’s Academy and Bolton’s Premier Productions.
The solemn playing of the Last Post and the Fall of Poppies, one for every Bolton serviceman and woman, will be the centrepiece of the concert’s Act of Remembrance.
Councillor Frank White, President of Bolton United Service Veterans Association said: “The Remembrance Concert will be a night of great entertainment with our talented amateur and dramatic societies taking war veterans back to their youth.
“I urge Bolton’s residents to come along to the concert and support all our remembrance events so that we can thank all those who have served for our country in the past and present.”
Tickets for the concert are £6.50 and are available from the Albert Halls Box Office at Bolton Town Hall, or telephone the number above to book.