'We will still remember them' - Clitheroe's tribute to honour the Fallen
Whilst Remembrance Day parades and services across the Ribble Valley are cancelled this year due to COVID-19 lockdown, residents in Clitheroe will be paying respects in their own unique manner to honour the veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Households in Clitheroe are encouraged to display a poster of a soldier in a mourning pose in their windows.
Speaking about initiative, which is also aimed to raise money for the Royal British Legion, organiser Ruth Thompson, said: "We all understand that arrangements for remembering the Fallen Soldiers of Clitheroe will be different this year due to COVID-19.
"However, we can still, as a community, remember those who have given their lives for us all. This includes those who served in the Armed Forces and medical corps, across all conflicts. "We hold them all in our hearts. Over the last three years there has been an increasing community effort to remember individuals by putting a large poster of the soldier at the War Memorial in the windows of shops and homes around Clitheroe. Each one has the details of who is being remembered underneath. Others put 'Remembering All the Soldiers of Clitheroe who did not return'."
She added: "There were over 100 such tributes around the town last year. If you would like to take part in this community remembrance, we have asked Borough Printing, in York Street, to produce the posters, as they have kindly done so in previous years.
"Please order as soon as possible so as to avoid a rush as we get closer to November 11th. The posters are £4 each, with £2 going to the Poppy Appeal. The Royal British Legion expect their funds to be severely less this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we hope that by doing the tributes in this way we can support them too. This project is supported by Clitheroe Town Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council."
Due to the lockdown announced over the weekend, Borough Printing will be operating orders on a click and collect service. So, to order a poster, please either e-mail [email protected] or call 01200 422549.