Thousands in attendance as Princess Anne re-dedicates War Memorial

1st October 2023

On Friday, thousands of residents convened on Lord Street to observe Her Royal Highness Princess Anne re-dedicate the Southport War Memorial on its 100th anniversary.

Historical records indicate that between the years 1914 and 1918, approximately 10,000 individuals from Southport, from a population of 72,500, served in His Majesty’s Forces either overseas or domestically.

The initial Roll of Honour within the Memorial’s four cenotaphs listed 1,133 names. Since its unveiling, names from those lost in the Second World War and subsequent global conflicts, including in Iraq and Afghanistan this century, have been added.

The re-dedication ceremony was overseen by Colonel (Retd) Monsignor Stephen Alker MBE. Several senior civil dignitaries and military officials were also in attendance.

The accompanying parade was spearheaded by the Band of the Royal Air Force College. Following them were Armed Forces personnel and Veterans from the three services.

Cadets from The Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, The Royal Air Force Cadets, and Merchant Taylor’s Combined Cadet Force participated as well. Additionally, contingents from 27 local schools in the Southport area were present.