A century on, Burnley remembered its 4,000 fallen souls in a poignant First World War centenary service at a moonlit Towneley Park.
A procession of civic leaders, veterans and Burnley residents, led by torchlight, slowly arced through the park to the cenotaph where a service was held to mark the beginning of that dreadful conflict.
Along the route they passed more than 4,000 tiny crosses planted to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice from 1914-1918.
Prayers were said, touching speeches were given and a solemn silence was held before the Last Post echoed through the night air.
See Friday’s Burnley Express for more pictures and coverage from the service.