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Meet the Bands
On Saturday 17th September, the United Pipers for Peace will perform at a host of locations around Manchester city centre.
At each venue, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance by each pipe band at regular times throughout the afternoon.
After each performance, you will have the opportunity to meet and exchange with the pipers and drummers.
The pipe bands will entertain you at all the locations shown below.
A detailed programme will be finalised over the coming weeks and published on this website and on our social media platforms.
The Grand Parade of Pipe Bands will begin from 11 am on Deansgate, from Liverpool Road to Manchester Cathedral.
At 1.30 pm, the Service for Peace will begin at Manchester Cathedral, followed by a laying of wreaths in the Cathedral Gardens.
Manchester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, in Manchester, England, is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the Bishop of Manchester and the city's parish church It is on Victoria Street in Manchester city centre and is a grade I listed building
The former parish church was rebuilt in the Perpendicular Gothic style in the years following the foundation of the collegiate body in 1421 Then at the end of the 15th century, James Stanley II (warden 1485–1506 and later Bishop of Ely 1506–1515) was responsible for rebuilding the nave and collegiate choir with high clerestory windows; also commissioning the late-medieval wooden internal furnishings, including the pulpitum, choir stalls and the nave roof supported by angels with gilded instruments
The collegiate church became the cathedral of the new Diocese of Manchester in 1847 It was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period, and again following bomb damage during World War II It is one of fifteen Grade I listed buildings in Manchester
The origins of Manchester's first churches are obscure The Angel Stone, a small carving of an angel with a scroll is preserved in the cathedral It was discovered in the wall of the cathedral's south porch providing evidence of an earlier, possibly Anglo-Saxon, church It has been dated to around 700 AD, however the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon sculpture dates the sculpture to the twelfth century Its Latin inscription translates as "into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit" The first church, possibly sited on or near the site of St Ann's Church, was destroyed by Danish invaders in 923 and a church dedicated to St Mary, built by King Edward the Elder, possibly where St Mary's Gate joins Exchange Street, was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 The Domesday Book entry for Manchester reads "the Church of St Mary and the Church of St Michael hold one carucate of land in Manchester exempt from all customary dues except tax"