Remembrance Service to honour Burnley’s war dead

The Remembrance Service will take place at 10.45 at Burnley's War Memorial
The Remembrance Service will take place at 10.45 at Burnley's War Memorial

Burnley will pay tribute to its war dead on Sunday with moving Remembrance Services in the town centre and at Towneley.

100 years on from the beginning of the First World War, this Remembrance Sunday is set to be particularly poignant.

The service at the war memorial, next to the Central Library in Parker Lane, will follow a march by ex-servicemen led by the 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, from Curzon Street through the town centre.

The parade will leave Curzon Street at around 10-20am and the Remembrance Service will begin just after 10-45am. There will also be a service at the memorial in Towneley Park near the hall at the same time. Both services will be attended by Royal British Legion members, uniformed organisations, ex-servicemen and women, civic dignitaries and townsfolk.

This week the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Andy Tatchell, laid a cross at the memorial garden at the war memorial in memory of the 1000 men from East Lancashire regiments and the Royal Army Medical Corps who lost their lives aboard the Royal Edward, a troop ship that was torpedoed on August 13th 1915 on its way to Gallipolli.

The Cross Keys pub in St James Street is offering free hot drinks and bacon and sausage sandwiches to all the veterans who are marching.

People can buy poppies and wreaths at the RBL temporary Poppy Shop at 38-40 Manchester Road, opposite Wetherspoons.