Last updated 3 November 2023
Remembrance in Stockport 2023
Commemorative services and events taking place across the borough for Remembrance
This webpage will be regularly updated to show detail of the commemorative services and events taking place in the borough on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November 2023
Residents are welcome to attend and observe a two-minute silence on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November. At 11am, the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Graham Greenhalgh, will observe the silence on the steps of Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB. To mark the beginning and end of the silence, maroon rockets will be launched from the civic complex. The sound should be heard from up to two miles away, and residents and shoppers should not be alarmed. The Art Gallery will be open from 10am on Saturday 11 November, for people to pay their respects.
Centenary at Hazel Grove, Saturday 11 November 2023
2.40pm - parade leaves Norbury Church, London Road, Hazel Grove.
3.00pm - parade arrives at Remembrance Garden.
Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 12 November 2023
On Remembrance Sunday, the Mayor of Stockport will lead the borough in paying respects at the Civic Act of Remembrance outside Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB. At precisely 11am, there will be a two-minute silence, beginning with the Last Post and ending with the Reveille. Following prayers, hymns and reflections, wreaths will be laid on the steps of the War Memorial. The Art Gallery will be open from 9.30am on Sunday 12 November, for people to pay their respects.
Councillor Graham Greenhalgh, Mayor of Stockport, referenced extracts of My Boy Jack, by Rudyard Kipling
"Have you news of my boy Jack?”
"When d'you think that he'll come back?"
"Has anyone else had word of him?"
For what is sunk will hardly swim
"Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?"
Except he did not shame his kind—
Then hold your head up all the more,
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!
“On Sunday 12 November 2023, at 11am, we will remember the sacrifice of Stopfordians who left to protect us from the tyranny of others. Whether they came home victorious or never returned, they rightly deserve this time to be remembered and equally their families who endured the heartache.
If you can be at the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on Wellington Road for the service, please do make you way there. If not, please take a moment at 11am to consider these words of the Kohima Epitaph:
‘Tell Them of Us and Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.'”
The Mayor is asking residents to support the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal, which provides the primary source of funds to maintain the Royal British Legion’s many welfare and benevolent schemes.
Remembrance services and events taking place across the borough on Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 12 November 2023
Please note the different starting times.
10.25am - a procession of service units, ex-servicemen’s, civilian and youth organisations from the Armoury to the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.
10.45am - civic procession from Stockport Town Hall to the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.
11am – two-minute silence and Civic Act of Remembrance (including the laying of wreaths).
10.40am - procession from Holland Road to Bramhall War Memorial.
11.00am – service at the War Memorial, then proceed to St Michael and All Angels Parish Church on St Michaels Avenue, via Bramhall Lane South and Robins Lane.
3.00pm - service at the War Memorial, George Lane.
10.30am - parade to assemble at junction of Massie Street with High Street to proceed down High Street to War Memorial.
10.50am - service at the War Memorial.
9.40am - parade meets at Beech Road.
9.55am - depart to War Memorial.
10.00am – service at the War Memorial.
10.50am – assemble at Compstall War Memorial, St Paul’s Church, Compstall, for Remembrance, prayers and laying of wreaths followed by a Remembrance Service at St. Paul’s Church.
10.55am - service and laying of wreaths at War Memorial, Gatley Green.
10.30am – parade commences from Hazel Grove train station.
10.45am - service and laying of wreaths at War Memorial, London Road.
12.00pm - service and laying of wreaths at Heald Green and Long Lane War Memorial, Wilmslow Road.
10.45am - service at St John's Church, St John’s Road.
11.00am - Act of Remembrance at War Memorial.
10.45am - service at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road.
11.00am - Act of Remembrance at War Memorial.
10.55am – parade meets at Grafton Street Park.
11.00am – Act of Remembrance in Grafton Street Park.
11.30am – service at Christ with All Saints Church, Heaton Norris.
10.00am - Service of Remembrance at St. Thomas's Parish Church.
11.00am - Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.
10.15am - standard bearers and the public to assemble at the War Memorial in Memorial Park.
10.30am - service and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.
12.15pm – service and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.
10.30am - church service at St. Mary’s Church.
12.40pm - service at the Cenotaph on Reddish Road, South Reddish.
12:50pm - service proceeds to Willow Grove Cemetery.
1.00pm - service at Cross of Sacrifice.
2.30pm - assemble at Green Lane next to the Duke of York public house.
2.45pm - prayers at Romiley War Memorial and the laying of wreaths.
2.55pm - parade from Romiley War Memorial to the War Memorial, George Lane, Bredbury.
3.00pm - service commences.
10.45am - service and the laying of wreaths at Christ Church, Chester Road, Woodford.
Residents are encouraged to check this webpage and social media channels for the most up-to-date information on Remembrance Sunday services and events. Please note that there may be some temporary road closures in place for a short period of time whilst services and events are taking place.
Please be advised that there is a National Service of Remembrance held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, which will be broadcast live and available for you to view.
The pay & display car parks located nearest to the Stockport service are:
The Armoury Street car park
The Ritz Cinema car park
Sunday charges are as follows:
There are also On Street Pay & Display bays (streets near the civic complex, which are free of charge on a Sunday). These are as follows:
• Bamford Street
• Blackshaw Street
• Former Edward Street (road fronting Edward House)
• Frances Street
• Hopes Carr
• James Leech Street
• Lord Street
• Middle Hillgate
• Millbrook Street
• Mottram Street
• Norbury Street
• Ratcliffe Street
• St Thomas’s Place
• Union Street Wellington Street (south side)
If you have any queries about Remembrance Sunday services and events, please contact the Mayor’s Office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0161 474 3300.