People of all ages across the borough will gather this weekend to honour those who lost their lives in service of their country.
Large turnouts are anticipated to attend events in Altham, Church, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Baxenden, Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton and Accrington to mark the centenary of the start of World War One and pay their respects to the brave men and women who have died on the battlefield, including the Accrington Pals.
Royal British Legions from across the borough will also be taking part in the events to honour the war dead.
Jeff Bridges, from the Great Harwood branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “We’re expecting a big turnout, with it being the centenary year.
“We’ll be doing our usual march from the town hall up to the cenotaph and we’ve got a brass band from Bacup who will be coming along on the march with us.”
Mayor of Hyndburn Coun Munsif Dad said he has already attended a number of services marking the especially poignant year.
He said: “I’ve been to a few Remembrance events, including one at Accrington railway station, for the men who worked on those lines who gave their lives in the Great War.
“I also attended the Poppy Run which took place in Accrington last weekend, in which over 100 people took part. I was handing out medals to the winners at the end of the race.
“I have also been very kindly invited to Manchester on November 11 by the 1st Duke of Lancaster regiment, who were given Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn in July.
“I will be attending the service at the cenotaph in Oakhill Park in Accrington. The contributions of all those who died, including the Accrington Pals, need to be remembered and commemorated.”
Services will be taking place all across Hyndburn to remember the fallen, and to mark the centenary year. Processions, services and wreath laying at cenotaphs will be taking places in churches and parks around the borough.
Armed Forces champion Doug Hayes said: “We owe our fallen soldiers a tremendous amount and we will always remember them.
“Together we can make this year special by turning out in our hundreds to events.”
- Accrington- Service at cenotaph at Oakhill Park at 10.30am followed by parade.
- Altham - Service at 10.15am at St James Church, Altham followed by Act of Remembrance at the war memorial.
- Church - parade departs at 10.30am from Bank Street from for service and wreath laying. Service at war memorial at 11am.
- Gt Harwood - 10.35am parade to the war memorial 10.50am Service and wreath laying at the war memorial.
- Huncoat - Assemble at the corner of Burnley Lane and Lowergate Road. Procession to the war memorial for wreath laying at 2.30pm
- Baxenden - St John’s Church service at 3pm.
- Oswaldtwistle - Thwaites Street 2.05pm, parade to war memorial along Union Road to the war memorial on Rhyddings Street for combined service and laying of wreaths.
- Clayton-le-moors - Procession starts at 9.40am from Civic Hall followed by serivce at All Saints Church and wreath laying at memorial.
- Rishton - Service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church followed by parade to war memorial at 10.30am.