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Remembrance Day events in Lancashire

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Published by Laura Pratt at 10:23am 10th November 2018

Events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War are planned this weekend.

We've got the details on where to go to pay your respects in Lancashire;


Accrington are planning a full weekend of events for their "Amazing Accrington".

The new Town Square will be opened on Saturday (10/11/18), before the unveiling of 'Battle's Over, a Nation's Tribute' on Sunday (11/11/18).

On Saturday there will be a vintage fair with themed food and craft stalls, along with an exhibition in the Market Hall.

On Sunday, a series of events will be taking place all day.

- 6am - at the Town Hall, a lone piper will join others across the country to play ‘Battle’s Over – Sleep in Peace’.
- 10.45am - Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Accrington’s Oak Hill Park, followed by a parade to Accrington Town Hall at 11.30am.
- 2pm - local actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and others will perform a special reading of the Accrington Pals play in Accrington’s Town Hall ballroom.
- 6.55pm - a lone bugler will play the Last Post and later at 7pm beacons of light will shine out from the Town Hall balcony whilst local churches ring out their bells for peace.
- 7.05pm - Town Cryer proclaims a ‘Cry for Peace’ in the Town Square.
- 7:30pm - Accrington Market Hall will become the canvas for a spectacular one-off 3D projection.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said;

“This is a big weekend for Accrington, when the brand new Town Square will be officially opened ready to host a series of events, not only over the weekend of 10th and 11th November, but also in the months and years to come.

"The 11th November marks one hundred years since the end of World War One and Accrington, the smallest town to raise a battalion of Pals, will join other towns and cities right across the country in a series of unique events, in ‘Battle’s Over, a Nation’s Tribute’.

"There is so much going on, including a reading by Julie Hesmondhalgh and other actors of the Accrington Pals Play and the spectacular one-off 3D projection onto the Market Hall, featuring local people, on Sunday 11th November.

"So please come along to Accrington on the weekend of 10th and 11th November and be part of Accrington’s past, present and future.”



The Remembrance Sunday parade will see changes this year with more people expected to turn out.

It'll start from the Flat Iron Car Park at 10.10am on Sunday (11/11/18).

A short service will take place at the Pals Memorial on Union Street before the parade makes it's way to the cenotaph in Astley Park.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council with responsibility for events, said:

"This year is a particularly poignant moment in our history as we commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War so we have worked with various groups, organisations and people from across the Chorley area to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for local people to pay tribute to those who lost their lives serving their country.

"In particular we have had to make changes to the main Remembrance Sunday service to accommodate the increased interest and numbers of people attending.

"If you are planning to attend the service at the cenotaph, please be aware of the public standing areas and listen to the stewards."

Other events taking place as part of the town's tributes include:
- The illumination of Rivington Pike with the poppy symbol from Friday 9 to Thursday 15 November
- A Festival of Remembrance concert at 7.30pm at Chorley town hall on Saturday 10 November
- Musical performances and a documentary viewing at the Garden of Reflection in Astley Park
- An Armistice Concert at 7pm in Chorley town hall on Sunday 11 November


Events in Burnley will be held at the Peace Garden on Croft Street on Sunday (11/11/18) shortly before 11am.

The Mayor of Burnley Councillor Charles Briggs will remember those who lost their lives in war.

The parade will begin from Curzon Street at 10.35am. It'll make it's way through the town centre before ending at the Peace Garden.

The Mayor 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 and to commemorate the 100th anniversary marking the end of the First World War."

There will be some road closures in place to be aware of;

- St James's Street from its junction with Curzon Street to its junction with Manchester Road
- Manchester Road from its junction with St James's Street to its junction with Red Lion Street
- Red Lion Street from it junction with Manchester Road to its junction with Parker Lane Parker Lane from its junction with Red Lion Street to its junction with Finsley Gate
- The unnamed road from its junction with Parker Lane to its junction with The William Thompson Car Park
- Croft Street from its junction with Red Lion Street to its end in a South-Westerly direction for approximately 32.5 metres.

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