Diocese of Manchester

People gathering for Somme commemoration at Manchester Cathedral
Manchester was at the centre of events across Europe to remember the duty, courage and service of the thousands who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Bishop David led an act of remembrance in Albert Square where thousands gathered to pay their respects.

He said: “We remember those whose names are inscribed on the hearts of those whom they left behind as they departed for the battlefield. Names inscribed on memorials in this and many lands, names for whom there is no memorial.”

The Last Post was played followed by the firing of a gun to mark a two-minute silence. Wreaths were laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, representing the Queen, Chancellor George Osborne and the Mayor of Manchester.

A 1000-strong parade led by the band from the King's Regiment then made its way from Albert Square, down Deansgate to Manchester Cathedral for the national commemorative service.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
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90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

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