Annual service to remember loved ones

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BURNLEY people will remember loved ones who have died at the annual Pendleside Hospice Light up a Life service this weekend.

The switch on service, at 3-30pm on Sunday, will see around 1,000 people gather in the hospice grounds to see the lights turned on by the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Charles Bullas, and will also feature seasonal readings and carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

Each light is dedicated to a person who has died and they will remain lit until the New Year, before the names are entered into a book of condolence.

The choir of Barrowford Primary School will be performing as will local teenage singing sensation Grace O’Malley and piper Steve Sumner.

As well as the lights displayed all around the hospice building there will also be lights displayed on a Christmas tree outside the main reception of the hospice which is being supplied by Alderson and Horan Funeral Services who also sponsor the switch on service.

Hospice fund-raising manager Mrs Kaye Bartle said: “Light up a Life is a lovely event in that it allows us to gather together and remember those special people that lit up our lives. Christmas time can be difficult if that special person is no longer around to share it with you but it’s comforting to know that all through the festive season a light will be shining out brightly in their memory representing the love that we have in our hearts for that special person.”