Events will celebrate our Armed Forces

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Burnley residents are being invited to mark Armed Forces Week by attending a series of events today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow people can gather outside Burnley Town Hall to watch the Armed Forces Week flag being raised over the building. A short ceremony involving civic leaders and representatives from the Armed Forces and veterans’ groups will take place at 10am.

Today a series of events will be held at Towneley Hall.

At 2pm local historian and author Roger Frost will turn the clock back 100 years to look at “Burnley in the years before the First World War.” Mr Frost will look at how life in the borough was in the run-up to the conflict.

Throughout the day, between 11am and 5pm, there will be a First World War descendants’ day event. It is part of the work leading to the marking of the centenary of the start of the war. The council is planning to commemorate every person from the borough who died as a result of the Great War.

From 1pm to 4pm there will be a local veterans’ organisation stand with information about how veterans work with the council through the local Military Covenant.

Finally, also between 1pm and 4pm, there will be a Xplorer fun family challenge – an activity session for pre-school and primary school age children and their families. Using a simply map of Towneley, the aim is to find points marked on the map and record the name of the secret animal or colour you find there.