Thousands gather across Merseyside for Remembrance Sunday

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Thousands of people came out across Merseyside to pay their respects to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday .

Despite bitterly cold weather, huge crowds were there for Liverpool’s commemoration, centred around the Centotaph at St George’s Hall with service personnel, local dignitaries and veterans marching through the city to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year’s service was especially poignant as it focused on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendale.

Joey the life size puppet from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse was at the service – to recognise the importance horses played in the infamous battle.

Representatives from all faiths helped to lead the service at the plateau, with Danielle Louise Thomas leading the crowds in singing the National Anthem.

Following the Last Post and the two minute silence, thousands of petals cascaded down from St George’s Hall in a very moving display.

Ted Ashworth was one of the veterans at the service.

The 49-year-old served in the army for 25 years and saw action in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq.

Ted was a Senior Trumpet Major in the Royal Hussars regiment and played the Last Post at Princes Margaret’s funeral.

He said: “My father served in the army for 22 years and he passed away this year, making this Remembrance Sunday even more moving.

“It’s so important to remember what happened and to show respect for the armed services, I make sure I come every year.”

Another veteran at St George’s Hall was Billy Manning.

Billy, 59, completed three tours of Northern Ireland and was at the service with friends from his former regiment.

He said: “We come every year to pay our respects and to remember those who’ve gone before us, we should never forget.”

Hundreds turned out to support the Remembrance service in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.

Among those was 81-year-old John Dobbins, who attended with several generations of his family – including great-grandson Cody Bryan.

Mr Dobbins, who served in the Army from 1954 to 1959 and was proudly wearing medals awarded to his dad, said he believed it was important people remembered the sacrifices made for others and said: “I come here every year, I haven’t missed a service since I was a boy, except the time I was in the Army myself.”

Onlookers burst into applause throughout the poignant service, first when families of bereaved forces personnel laid poppy wreaths at the Cenotaph and then when veterans and those currently serving marched from Hamilton Square.

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