Remembrance day in Liverpool – Singing Our Socks Off

I’ve never been to a large city Remembrance Day event before but today I went into Liverpool seemingly with half the rest of the world as our 3 car Ormskirk Line Merseyrail train was packed out and cosy standing room only by the time we got to Liverpool Central Station.

This was the scene outside St. Georges Hall where the main event was taking place:-

And here’s a shot of hundreds of thousands of poppies being released from atop St. John Beacon:-

I then went on to Liverpool’s famous bombed out church – St. Lukes – at the top of Bold Street to see a performance by local Sefton Borough based community choir – Singing Our Socks Off. They were excellent – www.facebook.com/sosoclubchoir/

They were singing war songs and a large crowd had gathered to hear them:-

I always think of my dear old friend Charles ‘Uncle Albert’ Walker who died last year in his mid-90’s as he was fire watching on top of George Henry Lees Department Store the night the incendiary bomb hit St. Lukes. Charles was a proud former RAF Sergeant who as an aircraft electrician worked on virtually every type of Allied aircraft during WWII.

On my way into Liverpool on the over-crowded Merseyrail train, I got talking to two elderly gents proudly wearing medals. It turned out that they were brothers and one was wearing their Grandfather’s medals from the Boer War and WW1 and the other was wearing their Father’s medals from WWII.

All in all an unforgettable day in Liverpool

The 2nd and 4th photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool – The Poppies have arrived at St George’s Hall

Tower of London Poppy r

Above is a poppy from the Tower of London display

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/poppies-liverpool-st-georges-hall-10397692

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34747072

The BBC also has a time lapse video of the installation on its web site – see link above

The artwork installation looks great; must get to see it.

Remembering the Great War in Slaidburn

Sheila and I paid a visit to the Ribble Valley Town of Slaidburn recently and were struck by their rather well presented war memorial.

As its 100 years since the start of WW1 this year I felt it appropriate to post about this. You never know I may well search for other appropriate war memorials to post about.

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The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

A previous posting of mine relating to WW1 is at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/04/06/shirley-on-ww1-nurses/