Manchester is to fall silent this weekend as the city “remembers the fallen” during the annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations. Manchester City Council has revealed the details of how the city will mark Remembrance Sunday, which will consist of a ceremony and parade on Sunday 12th November.
Councillor Yasmine Dar, Lord Mayor of Manchester, said: “It is with solemnity that we come together today, Remembrance Sunday, to reflect on both the conflicts past and those that persist today. It gives us the opportunity to pay our deepest respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and to honour our veterans and the brave men and women serving in our armed forces.
“Let us also, remember the innocent civilians who, tragically have lost their lives, men, women, children, and babies. It is my privilege to mark this commemoration with the people of Manchester.”
When and where will the Parade start from?
The Remembrance Sunday Parade on November 12 will set off at 10:25am from John Dalton Street, following the road to the Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square led by the combined Lancashire Artillery Volunteers and Greater Manchester Police Band. The Civic procession will depart from Mount Street at 10.45 am for the Cenotaph, led by the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band.
What will happen at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony?
Civic dignitaries, servicemen and women, service and ex-service organisations, faith leaders, emergency services and other uniformed organisations will be invited to pay their respects at the Cenotaph in St. Peter’s Square along with members of the public. At 11am there will be a two-minute silence, with the start and finish of the traditional silence marked by the firing of a 105mm gun.
Wreaths will then be laid on the Cenotaph by The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester on behalf of His Majesty The King; The Lord Mayor of Manchester on behalf of the City; Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force; Reserve Forces represented by 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery; The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and 206 (NW) MMR; Royal British Legion on behalf of ex-service men and women; Manchester Consular Association on behalf of Commonwealth Allies; Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Young Faith Representatives.
At the end of the service, the Parade will proceed to Central Library for the March Past by Services and ex-Service organisations led by the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band and the National Anthem will be played to bring the ceremony to a close. After the Parade has left the Cenotaph, the crowd control barriers will be removed, and members of the public will have an opportunity to place their tributes around the memorial.
Which Manchester roads will be closed for the Remembrance Sunday service?
To enable security checks and safeguards, a series of road closures will be implemented between 7am and 1pm:
- John Dalton Street (Deansgate to Cross Street)
- Princess Street (Cross Street to Portland Street) – hard closure at Back George Street
- Cross Street (Princess Street to King Street)
- Peter Street (Deansgate to Oxford Street) – hard closure at Watson Street
- Oxford Street (Peter Street to Portland Street) – hard closure at Hale Street
- Mount Street (Windmill Street to Albert Square)
- Museum Street (Windmill Street to Peter Street)
- Southmill Street (Windmill Street to Albert Square)
- Bootle Street (Deansgate to Mount Street)
- Lloyd Street (Deansgate to Southmill Street)
- Jackson’s Row (Deansgate to Southmill Street)
- Central Street (Southmill Street to Mount Street)
- Cooper Street (Kennedy Street to Princess Street)
- West Mosley Street (Booth Street to Princess Street)
- Bow Lane (Clarence Street to Princess Street)
- St James’s Square (South King Street to John Dalton Street)
- Ridgefield (Mulberry Street to John Dalton Street)