The evocative strains of the Last Post echoed through the rain-sodden air as Burnley tribute to its fallen on Remembrance Sunday.
Civic dignitaries, the military and other uniformed organisations gathered at the War Memorial in Burnley’s Peace Garden for a sombre service to remember all those from the borough who had made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts around the world.
The Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Liz Monk, wore her father’s medals as a mark of respect. William Bennett was a signal operator who fought at Arnhem and in the Italian campaign. He died 30 years ago.
Major Mark Lydiate, of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, took the salute on an emotional day.
Wreaths of poppies were laid by Bill Ashcroft, of the Royal British Legion, Pte Kay Gill, of 207 Field Hospital, and Warrant Officer Dan Smith, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Ex-service groups including the Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Association, also attended as did representatives from the Royal British Legion, the British Red Cross, the CVS, local cadet groups, the Chamber of Trade, local magistrates and schools.
Burnley MP Julie Cooper, the leader of Burnley Borough Council Mark Townsend, and Couns. Gordon Birtwistle and Matthew Isherwood also paid their respects.
Chief Supt Damien Darcy, of Lancashire Police, and local Guide and Scout groups, as well as scores of Burnley residents, paid their respects.