THOUSANDS of people gathered in Manchester to pay tribute to those who bravely battled and sacrificed their lives during the two World Wars on Remembrance Sunday.

At 10am, the service and ex-service organisation began to assemble at Peter Street in the city centre. The service and ex-service met up outside Radisson Edwardian Hotel and the march set off at 10:15am to the Town Hall in St Peter’s Square.

The morning was filled with songs of praise played by the orchestra. Ian Vickers said: “It’s a beautiful rainy day, I guess it washes tears away.”

Ian Vickers of the British Army on Remembrance Sunday
Representative: Mr Vickers is a member of the armed forces and turned out with his medals on Armistice Day

Mr Vickers is part of the British Army, he joined when he was 21 years old. “Although I went through some really tough times while I was training, I will never regret joining the army,” he said.

A verse from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem was read by Brigadier AG OBE: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Everyone replied: “We will remember them”.

At 11am the Last Post sounded to start and end the two-minute silence to be marked by the firing of a 105mm gun. The silence filled Manchester – only few hushed coughs could be heard. Straight after, the LAV band sounded ‘The Reveille’.

To close the day of service, people old and young laid wreaths and crosses on the memorial, honouring the heroes of wars gone by.

Woman digs cross in memorial
Paying tribute: A woman lays a poppy-embroided cross into the ground next to the memorial

Words and pictures by Lajin Barakat

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