Remembrance Day: Burnley and Padiham honour war dead

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Burnley and Padiham people are invited to remember members of the Armed Forced, past and present, at annual services of Remembrance.

The Burnley event takes place on Sunday at the war memorial in Croft Street at 10-50am.

It will be conducted by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Fr Brian Kealey, of Christ the King RC Church, Burnley, and the Royal British Legion.

Mayor of Burnley Coun. Frank Cant will remember those who lost their lives in war along with representatives from the council, Royal British Legion, ex-Servicemen’s associations, the Armed Forces, public organisations, uniformed groups and members of the public.

Ex-Servicemen’s associations and all other uniformed groups will assemble at the pedestrianised area of Curzon Street at 10am. The parade will set off at 10-30am and will be led by the 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

It will make its way through the town centre to the war memorial. Darwen Brass Band will march in the parade, play hymns throughout the service and perform the Last Post and Reveille.

The service will include a wreath-laying ceremony, national anthem, blessing and salute before the Mayor moves on to Towneley Park where a short service and second wreath-laying will take place.

Coun. Cant said: “I hope people will join us to pay their respects at the Remembrance Sunday service to those men and women who have served our country.”

People who want to lay wreaths can get them from the Royal British Legion, at 60 Lindsay Street, by calling 01282 453631, or from the former Burnley Express front office in Manchester Road.

Padiham will also fall silent to remember the town’s war dead in a poignant Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

Veterans will stand shoulder to shoulder with families to honour Padiham men who gave their lives fighting for their country.

Young songstress Grace O’Malley, an honorary member of Burnley and Padiham Royal British Legion, will sing and Burnley Silver Alliance Band will perform as tributes are paid to the fallen.

A service of remembrance will be held at St Leonard’s Church and also at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel at 9-45am before crowds parade to the town’s war memorial before 11am.

Police have advised motorists of road closures and diversions which will be in place around the town between 9-30am and 11-30am.

A memorial service will also be held at Hapton Methodist Church before a short ceremony at the village war memorial.

Parts of Manchester Road will be closed off for around 20 minutes.