Burnley Remembrance Sunday service 2011: photos

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BURNLEY’S annual Remembrance Sunday service paid homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The sombre service at Burnley’s war memorial in Croft Street was led by Canon Tom Bill, rector of St Peter’s Church and chaplain to the Royal British Legion Burnley branch, assisted by the mayor’s chaplain, Fr Keith Henshall, of St John the Divine Church, Cliviger.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley attend the Burnley remembrance service.'Photo Ben Parsons

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley attend the Burnley remembrance service.'Photo Ben Parsons

The service ended with the laying of poppy wreaths and the National Anthem.

Representatives from all the Armed Services, emergency services, Air and Sea Cadets, the Royal British Legion and other uniformed organisations attended the service where hundreds of people came to pay their respects.

All the groups marched from Curzon Street to the service led by a brass band and standard bearers.

Mayor of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham, council leader Coun. Charlie Briggs, chief executive Steve Rumbelow and MP Gordon Birtwistle were among dignitaries laying wreaths at the service.

Veterans, wearing their medals with pride, and current services personnel, joined in prayers to remember the fallen from both world wars and other conflicts. Pupils from schools around the borough also attended to lay wreaths.

A bugler played “The Last Post” and the hymn “Abide With Me” was sung as the crowd bowed their heads in solemn remembrance of the fallen. The words of Laurence Binyon were also read: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”