A programme of events on Remembrance Sunday (11 November) will bring communities and individuals together in a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives during World War I.
The public is welcomed to attend all of the following events:
10:30am - Act of Remembrance, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Join the Mayor of Stockport, local dignitaries and representatives of the armed and uniformed services, past and present, for the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service on the steps of the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. We'll observe two minutes’ silence and the dipping of the standards at 11:00am.
5:00pm - Commemorative Service, St Mary's Church, Stockport Market Place
A service of thanksgiving to remember the sacrifices made at home and abroad and to look towards a future with peace and hope. This will feature common hymns and readings from Stockport's original service of remembrance in 1918.
5:45pm - Stockport Parade of Light, St Mary’s Church, Stockport Market Place
A lantern parade will start from St Mary’s Church to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. Led by the combined marching bands of Citadel Brass and Stockport Silver Band, schools, community groups and local people will carry 200 lanterns which have been made for the occasion.
6:00pm - ‘When We Were Young’ theatre performance, St Peter’s Square, Stockport
The lantern parade will stop for a theatrical drama monologue, which will journey from the trenches, to a field hospital to life back at home in peacetime Britain. This is performed by local actors from ‘Take Part in the Art’. ‘A Cry for Peace Around the World’ will be read out and a piper will play ‘The Battle’s O’er’.
6:35pm - Lantern parade continues to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
6:50pm - Beacon Lighting, steps of Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
The lantern parade will assemble for readings, musical pieces and a bugler playing ‘The Last Post'. Stockport will light its beacon. This symbolic act is being carried out simultaneously across the UK and home territories where 1000 beacons of light will be lit at 7pm. Local churches will peel their bells and ring out for peace. The front façade of Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will be illuminated with a projection of poppies.
7:10pm – 9:00pm
Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will remain open until 9:00pm. People are welcome to visit the Hall of Memory and to view two new exhibitions and two new installations. Free hot drinks will be served.