A programme of events in Liverpool from 12th – 14th September 2014
The first of a series of events taking place in Merseyside over the next four years, to mark key dates throughout the course of WWI. Organised by the First World War Commemoration Task Group, whose members include Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral councils, as well as the Ministry of Defence and organisations including SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.
The programme of events starts on Friday 12th September with a free concert at Liverpool Cathedral. 1pm – 2.30pm.
Song Merseyside, made up of primary schools from the local authorities, will perform popular songs from the era. There will also be performances from: Vox Swing, Pacific Swing, Sing Our Socks Off and Vox Voices.
On Saturday 13th September between 10am – 5pm step back in time to 1914 in St John’s Gardens with free performances, exhibitions and stalls demonstrating what life was like at the time, including everything from entertainment to women’s suffrage.
The Band of the Grenadier Guards will perform in the gardens and again later on before a concert in St George’s Hall, organised as a fundraiser for SSAFA. Doors open at 6.30pm, concerts starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets for the concert are £20, they are available from St George’s Hall Shop (0151-225 6909) and from TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, (www.ticketquarter.co.uk or 0844 800 0410)
On Sunday 14th September at noon there will be a special Drumhead Service at Exchange Flags, replicating the ceremonies held a hundred years ago for the soldiers as they were going off to war.
A Drumhead Service is where military chaplains in the field used the drums of their Battalion or Regimental band to construct a makeshift altar, so that they could hold religious services close to where the troops were positioned. The drums were covered by either a simple cloth or a flag and topped by a simple cross.