Published: Monday, 8th Oct 2018

Bolton’s war heroes will be honoured with a series of events to mark Remembrance Day and the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Remembrance 2017On Sunday November 11, the Mayor of Bolton will join war veterans and members of the public on Victoria Square for a Remembrance Sunday Service.

The service will start at 10.45am and will be led by the Vicar of Bolton, Rev’d Canon Dr Chris Bracegirdle. He will be supported by the Caledonian Pipe Band, the Hoover Band as well as veterans, cadets and serving members of the armed forces.

The service will include a two minutes silence, which will be marked by loud gun fire. At the end of the service, members of the public will be invited to take part in a guided “walk past” of the war memorial.

Later on Remembrance Sunday, the public are again invited to meet in Victoria Square to witness the lighting of the Remembrance Beacon.

Crowds will gather from 6.30pm for the lighting ceremony which will take place at 7pm, in line with the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance National Beacon Lighting taking place across the UK.

The Mayor of Bolton’s Annual Remembrance Concert, which has been running for more than 25 years, will take place on Saturday, November 10 at the Albert Halls at 7.15pm.

This year, the concert will be led by Bolton’s own Lancashire Artillery (Volunteers) Band, who have performed for the Queen and the royal family in the UK and abroad.

Tickets are available from the Albert Halls web site priced at £6.50 each with proceeds going to cadet and veteran organisations.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, said: “I am extremely proud that our community will come together to honour the memory of Bolton’s war heroes.

“This year’s remembrance events will be especially poignant as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“I’d like to invite everyone to join me for the concert and the Remembrance Sunday services to pay respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”