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There are a number of annual civic events around the borough that are attended by the Mayor and are supported by the council.
Each year, soon after the newly elected Mayor comes into office, a service is held at the Parish Church, Warrington. The last Civic Sunday took place in June 2019, the date for 2020 is yet to be confirmed.
Civic dignitaries from the Cheshire district, local organisations and members of the public are all invited to celebrate the inauguration of the new Mayor of Warrington.
Each year the town centre falls silent for two minutes on 11 November to mark Armistice Day.
Each year the Remembrance Day Service is held on the nearest Sunday to 11 November. The next service will take place on Sunday 10 November 2019.
The service is usually held at the War Memorial, Bridgefoot, however the service may be moved to an alternative location due to improvement works taking place at the cenotaph. The service provides an opportunity for the residents of Warrington to observe a two minute silence in remembrance of those who died in battle.
The service usually begins at 10.59am when the ‘Last Post ‘ is sounded, and the Mayor of Warrington then lays the first wreath.
For the past 66 years Warrington's local infantry regiment has held its main annual reunion in the town. The next event will be held on 6 October 2019
The gathering, popularly known as the 'October Revolution',
Walking Day is held in high esteem by Warrington people.
It dates back to the early 1880s and it is said that early 'walking days' were introduced as a counter-attraction to the Old Newton Races, now well-known as Haydock Park Races. The date was arranged to coincide with the last day of the race meeting, generally on a Friday and it is only in more recent times that the walks are held annually on the Friday nearest to 1 July.
Reverend Powys, Rector of Warrington in 1832, was accredited with its introduction, and the concept of people walking together as an expression of Christian Witness originated from this.
Initially, it is understood that mainly members of the Church of England took part, but in 1857 the first record of Roman Catholic scholars joining in with the celebrations of Walking Day was reported in the Warrington Guardian.
However, until 1908 the different religious denominations followed a separate route from the Church of England procession. Although in 1909 the same route was used by all denominations, the non-conformists and Roman Catholics did not assemble in Bank Park, nor take part in a march past the Town Hall. Eventually, in 1920 all participants in the procession came together to proclaim a joint acknowledgement of Christianity.
Over the years the numbers of participants have varied and past records indicate that some 10,000 children and adults have taken part in the procession. Although there has been a decline in participation, around 4,000 people still walk in the procession each year.
Thousands of the town’s population will be lining the traditional route to enjoy this popular annual occasion, which is now regarded as a step towards the erasure of historical differences between the various churches and their ecumenical aims.
At precisely 10.30am the members of the parish church will, by tradition, walk through the beautiful and famous ceremonial gates to begin the procession, followed by other participating churches from inner Warrington, all proclaiming their Christian faith.
For over 100 years, Warrington Walking Day has given an enormous amount of pleasure not only to those actually taking part in the walks, but also to those who watch along the various routes. It is hoped that it will continue to do so in the years to come.
The next Walking Day will be on Friday 3 July 2020.
The service to commemorate the anniversary of Anzac Day is held each year at Soldiers’ Corner, Warrington Cemetery on the nearest Sunday to 25 April.
Soldiers from all over the Commonwealth are buried at Soldiers’ Corner, as Winwick Hospital was taken over as a military hospital during the First World War.
As first citizen of the borough, the Mayor takes the lead in commemorating the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli.
'Anzac' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
The Civic Ball is an annual event that takes place every Spring.
The Ladies Dinner also takes place every year.
For further information about either event, please contact the Mayor's Office on 01925 442143.