Burnley remembers 4,212 locals killed in First World War

St James, Church Street, Briercliffe
St James, Church Street, Briercliffe

“We were little children weak, But now we are mighty strong”.

Most of you will know Burnley has an ambitious plan to recognise the effect of the First World War on the town and its people. There have already been a number of events. These have included a visit to the National Arboretum and, recently, there have been the events of Armed Forces Week.

At the present time more than 4,000 small wooden crosses are being laid in Towneley Park, Burnley, and Memorial Park, Padiham. They represent the 4,212 local men, and one local woman, who lost their lives in the conflict. Each cross will bear a soldier’s name, written by local school children. Every school in the borough is involved in the project.

On the evening of August 4th, there will be a candlelit vigil at Burnley Peace Garden which is being organised by the Royal British Legion to mark the moment war was declared. For more information about this event contact Coun. Ida Carmichael on 01282 423616.

Remembrance Sunday is on November 9th and Burnley will hold its usual service and events at which the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Mr Andrew Tatchell, will preside.