Church’s new war memorial blessed

POIGNANT SERVICE: The Bishop of Salford, the Rt Rev Terence Brain, joins members of the Royal British Legion to bless the new war memorial

POIGNANT SERVICE: The Bishop of Salford, the Rt Rev Terence Brain, joins members of the Royal British Legion to bless the new war memorial

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The Bishop of Salford joined members of the Royal British Legion at the unveiling of a new church war memorial.

The Rt. Rev Terence Brain first said a special Mass at St Mary’s RC Church, Yorkshire Street, before blessing the memorial to the fallen outside the church.

Leading clergyman Bishop Brain spoke of the need to pray for justice and peace as the country marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

A bagpiper led the Bishop and congregation from inside the church to the new memorial outside where a short service was held.

Sir Simon Towneley read the poignant Ode of Remembrance before the Last Post was played and standard bearers slowly lowered their colours.

A memorial concert for the war dead was held in the church later that day.

At the concert, the A ­Capella Singers performed Faure’s Requiem and songs from the period.