Friday 1 July

On Friday July 1, alongside the national commemorations in Manchester Salford will pay its own tributes to the hundreds of brave Salford sons who fell at the Battle of the Somme.

The day will begin with a national two minute’s silence at 7.28am – the exact moment the battle started on July 1, 1916.

Please take a moment to remember not just the Salford men but the one million plus of all nationalities who died or suffered in the battle which raged from July to November 1916.

The silence will be followed by a peal of bells from Sacred Trinity church and a memorial service in Fire Station Square.

You are also welcome to gather outside the Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton at 11am for a brief memorial ceremony. Two council workers, along with a nurse and firefighter, representing the ordinary men and women who suffered in war, will  join the Ceremonial Mayor Cllr Karen Garrido on the steps beneath the clock tower for music and poetry before walking to the cenotaph to lay wreaths. You are welcome to lay your own tribute afterwards if you wish.