Two services are to be held in Southport and Bootle as Sefton commemorates the 100Year Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The Battle of the Somme was the largest and bloodiest battle of World War 1 with more than one million men being wounded or killed, many from Sefton.

Taking place on Friday, July 1 both services will start at 10:45am and will include readings, a 2 minute silence and the playing of the last post and reveille.

Full details of each service:


Bootle Town Hall – Council Chamber


Following the service in the Council Chamber there will be a short wreath laying service under the Roll of Honour in the foyer, led by Labour Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher.

Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room.


Southport War Memorial – Lord Street


The service will include the laying of wreath at the memorial, led by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie Browne.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie Browne, said: “It is very important that we remember the sacrifice made at World War 1 and I am proud to be leading the commemoration event in Southport.

“There will have been many young men from across Sefton that went over the top at the Battle of the Somme and some will not have made it home. I am sure this will be a very emotional but fitting to tribute to their memory.”


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