A special photographic exhibition of a trip to The Somme by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor is taking place at St George’s Hall on Saturday 5 November.
Over the summer, Cllr Roz Gladden travelled to northern France, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and representatives of the Liverpool King’s Regiment, Liverpool Pals, Liverpool Veterans and the Royal British Legion.
They laid wreaths at the Menin Gate and presented a special plaque to the people of Guillemont in memory of the one million men who were killed or wounded in the battle, including more than 2,000 from Liverpool.
The plaque reads:
“This plaque is sacred to the memory of the 1,791 officers and men of The King’s (Liverpool) regiment who gave their lives fighting to liberate Guillemont, including 465 Liverpool Pals killed on 30th July 1916. It was presented on behalf of the Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, on behalf of the citizens of Liverpool. Liverpool’s Blackest Day will never be forgotten.”
The Lord Mayor said: “This was a very emotional trip that I will never, ever forget. It was a huge privilege to be able to present this plaque to the people of Guillemont and let them know that 100 years on, the sacrifices that were made by so many will never be forgotten.”
The photographs will be on display from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 5 November inside the north entrance of St George’s Hall (top of William Brown Street) – admission is free.