MOVING scenes of the Accrington Pals marching through the town on their way to war in 1915 attracted 150 people to a film show with a difference on Tuesday evening.
And appropriately the show, put on by the North West Film Archive in St Christopher’s High School, raised £504 for our appeal to save the Pals Memorial Chapel in historic St John’s Church.
The Pals were also shown at their training camp in Wales.
Other historical footage included celebrations in Great Harwood to mark the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, a royal visit by King George V and Queen Mary in 1913 and life in the old cotton mills.
St John’s churchwarden Andy Shepherd said: "Our grateful thanks to Geoff and Brendan from the North West Film Archive for putting on the show which raised an excellent amount for the Aspire campaign."
The fund now stands at £48,548, boosted by the sale of Christmas cards and donations of £50 in memory of the late Jack Broderick and £20 in memory of George Hope, one of the Accrington Pals, from C Hope.
We are hoping one last push will take it to the £50,000 target by Christmas.