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Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

A thanksgiving service was organised by the Great Harwood branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) to mark the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Around 200 people attended the service in Memorial Park in Great Harwood led by Bishop Michael Wilson and attended by community and civic leaders.

A reading of the Exhortation was recited by senior Legion member John Metcalfe before veterans, families, children and police then laid wreaths and crosses at the Cenotaph.

The service was followed by a parade from Memorial Park through the town centre to The Plough pub where several groups, including the Fire Fighters Charity, set up stalls and a charity fair in the beer garden.

The parade was led by the Stacksteads band and given a biker and police escort.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said: “I think it is fantastic that we commemorate VE Day and never forget the sacrifices our friends, family and countrymen made in the service of this country for our freedom today.”