A solemn silence descended on Burnley and Padiham as veterans and townsfolk gathered in their hundreds to pay their respects to the borough’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday.
This year’s services had an added significance, coming as they did 100 years since the start of the First World War.
Veterans marched to the Peace Garden in Croft Street, and hundreds turned out to the war memorial in Padiham, before another short service at Towneley Park where the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Andy Tatchell, laid a wreath of poppies at the town’s memorial.
The Royal British Legion, Burnley Council and uniformed organisations paid their respects across the town.
The service in Burnley was conducted by Fr Roger Parker, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, and Fr Brian Keeley, of Christ the King RC Church.
At Burnley Police Station an officer of the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment took the salute as a civic parade marched past.
Poppy appeal organiser Tommy Norris said: “All the events across the borough went very well and were a fitting remembrance to all those that gave their lives from the area.
“I would like to thank our poppy volunteers for their recent hard work and we are hoping the appeal will have matched last year’s fine total.”
On Remembrance Day (Tuesday), there will be a short service and two-minute silence at the Peace Garden, starting shortly before 11am, which anyone can attend.