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Remembrance services in Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown

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The war memorial at Earlestown Town Hall will be the focus of Remembrance for Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown this year.

The Remembrance Sunday (14 November) event will begin at 11.45am at the war memorial. St Helens North MP Conor McGinn; Deputy Mayor of St Helens, Linda Maloney MBE and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Steer QC DL are among those expected to attend.

After the parade, a church service – led by Revd Dr Chris Stafford –  will be held at St John’s Church, followed by refreshments at Newton Social Club on Patterson Street.

Small services will also be held at St Helens and Earlestown war memorials on Armistice Day (11 November) from 10.45am.

Across Newton, the town’s three ‘silhouette soldiers’ have all been recently restored – reminding us all of those servicemen who never got to make the journey home.

St Helens Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Lynn Clarke, said: “Remembrance Sunday is a fitting opportunity for us to honour our servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“Last year was tough not being able to hold live services due to covid restrictions, instead showing our appreciation virtually and in other ways like having poppy road markings installed at fitting locations across the borough – so to see people, young and old, come together once again will be an emotional moment itself and will act as a heart-warming reminder that St Helens Borough will always remember.”

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, added: “Our borough has more than played its part in many wars and conflicts throughout history. While many have lived to tell their stories, we’ve sadly lost brave servicemen and women too whose memories will live on forever – with Remembrance Sunday being the most poignant way of doing this. Lest we forget.”

Public Health advice for anyone wishing to attend a Remembrance service is to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before, then test again two days after, and then five days afterwards. Face coverings are recommended indoors and please do not attend an event if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.

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