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 Thursday November 11, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, will lead civic guests and veterans from the town hall onto the steps for the Armistice Day service, which begins at 10.56am.
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. There will be short prayers before the silence.
The Mayor will also join war veterans and members of the public on Victoria Square to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday November 14. Local Territorial Army officers will lead a parade of veterans, members of various communities and representatives from the police and fire taking part.
Young people from several schools will lay wreaths, while local scouts will sell poppies. Music will be provided from the Hoover Bolton Band.
Soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster regiment will also lay a wreath in memory of Bolton serviceman Darren Deady, and all the other fallen heroes who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and around the world.
The Remembrance Concert, which has been running for more than 20 years, will be another highlight of the Remembrance weekend. It will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 7pm, at the Albert Halls.
The concert will include Paul Topham singing Michael Bublé, the Dawn Dawson Academy Choir and the Bolton Singlive Choir.
Other performers include the Hoover Brass Band, Bolton Barbershop Choir, Britain’s Got Talents semi-finalists Father and Son, and Five Saints theatre group, who will perform excepts from their latest hit show When The Lights Go On Again.
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 Bolton Albert Halls Box Office.