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#SeftonRemembers in Pictures: How Sefton marked 100 years since WW1

Communities across Sefton fell silent on Sunday November 11 to mark the borough’s annual Remembrance services, as well as to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1.

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers all attended Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough.

They joined thousands of residents, veterans and dignitaries who remembered those who died in conflict.

Elsewhere tenants from One Vision Housing (OVH) along with members from local community groups marked the centenary of the end of WWI with a special ‘Time to Say Thank You’ event on Thursday November 8.

The event, named after the British Legion campaign, acknowledged and gave thanks to all those who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Joining the celebrations at Bootle Firwood Cricket Club were current servicemen from the Royal Navy as well as ex-military personnel from Sefton Veterans and Liverpool Veterans HQ.

Amongst the 250 guests was the decorated war hero and OVH tenant, 99 year old John Shankland from Crosby. John was awarded France’s highest decoration, Legion d’Honneur, for his role in the liberation of France during WWII.

At the event, guests were treated to a champagne afternoon tea and live music from Liverpool Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas and acclaimed singer Victoria Jones (Liver Bird).

Beyond the War Memorials launch

Sefton’s ambitious Beyond The War Memorials project has officially launched this week, with thousands of homes across the borough set to take part.

Created by the local authority’s Libraries team, and funded through a Heritage Lottery grant, Beyond The War Memorials aims to tell the stories of the heroes and heroines of conflict who are listed on memorials across the borough.

Almost 2,000 households in Sefton will now receive Last Post packs through their door, detailing the name and wartime heroics of the former occupant of their address.

It is hoped the campaign will inspire families to take up their own historical detective work and find out more about those who may have lived in their home and fought in conflict.

As part of the project, a dedicated website, created in conjunction with Southport web-design team 67-70 Media, has also launched detailing Sefton’s 11 Civic War Memorials and those names listed upon them.

School children from across the borough have worked closely with Sefton artist Angie Thompson to create images for the Last Post packs, and 15 local volunteers have worked alongside professional researcher Kathryn Rogerson to uncover the stories.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is one of the most detailed, emotive and thought-provoking project we have ever done and we are incredibly proud of the hard work which has gone into it.”

“We want to highlight the brave men and women who gave their lives during conflict for the freedom from oppression that we enjoy today, we also hope that residents will treasure their packs and hand them on to future generations”

“Beyond The War Memorials is a living digital biography for most, if not all, the heroic residents of Sefton, who are listed on our Civic War Memorials.

“So keep an eye out for Last Post packs coming through your door and be sure to visit our Beyond the War Memorials website to contribute, learn and remember.”

Throughout the geographical area now known as Sefton, almost 4,000 men and women lost their lives during the Great War and their names are listed on one of 11 memorials throughout the borough.

To find out more visit www.seftonwarmemorials.org

Sefton Remembrance Services: All you need to know

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers will all attend Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough next week

They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 11.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, King’s Gardens, Bootle at 10.50am and an afternoon service at Holy Trinity Church, Formby at 3pm.

Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 11 throughout the borough.

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These will be held at other locations in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull, Southport and Waterloo.

As with previous years members of the public are asked to arrive at a service in plenty of time. This is due to the high volume of residents expected to turn out to pay their respects.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Each year Sefton councillors, officers, members of the public and our armed forces are rightfully present at the many emotional commemorative services taking place across the borough.

“As Mayor I am always very proud to attend to pay my respects and I as many people as possible will do the same on what is a very poignant and important day.

“Remembrance services give us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.”

Cllr Bobby Brennan, Sefton Council’s Armed Forces champion, added: “The services we hold in Sefton are very important as we remember those who lost their lives in conflict past and present.

“We owe a huge debt to every single one of the fallen for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today.”

 

Services

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:30am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)

Tommies stand tall to help Sefton mark Remembrance commemorations

Six foot tall ‘Tommies’ will stand proudly across Sefton as the borough continues to mark the centenary commemorations for the end of World War One.

The figures will now go on display from Friday November 2 at Bootle Town Hall and Southport’s Atkinson Arts Centre ahead of the borough’s Remembrance services.

Created by the Remembered charity, the Tommy figures are designed to be a striking symbol to commemorate the fallen, educate future generations and heal those suffering from combat related PTSD.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Tommies we will have on display acts as a token of remembrance and helps build awareness of what we are doing to mark the centenary.

“The figures are based on a photograph by Horace Nicholls, whose eldest son, George, died at Arras in 1917 at the age of 22.

“At Sefton we are incredibly proud of what we are doing to mark this momentous anniversary, from our Beyond The War Memorials project to our support of the Royal British Legion’s events calendar.

“I would encourage everyone to come down to either Bootle Town Hall or the Atkinson from November 2 to see these breathtaking figures and pause to reflect on the events and impact of the 1914-18 conflict.”

For more information about Sefton events to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, as well as Remembrance services across the borough, visit www,mysefton.co.uk/category/ww1-centenery-year

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Get quizzical to support Formby’s Royal British Legion

Trivia lovers in Formby and beyond are being urged to get quizzical to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

Held as part of a series of Sefton Council funded Royal British Legion events to mark the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, Formby’s Gild Hall will play host to a fun quiz night on Wednesday, October 24.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Mayor of Sefton Council, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be attending the Formby British Legion quiz night and I’ve been busy brushing up on my trivia.

“This is the latest Sefton funded British Legion event we’ve helped as part of our ongoing World War One commemorations and I would encourage as many people as possible to join us at the quiz night for a great cause.”

There will also be an auction and raffle taking place on the night, with bar facilities also available.

Formby British Legion’s quiz night takes place from 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 24 at the Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby.

Tickets cost £5 and are available to buy from Formby Home, Three Tuns Lane or by calling 01704 871927.

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