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Duke of Lancs parade planned for Accrington

PREPARATIONS are underway for a parade through the streets of Accrington to commemorate the start of the First World War.

On Tuesday, July 1, 120 soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will march through the town to exercise their freedom of the borough.

Colonel Chris Owen said: “It is a tremendous honour for the Regiment and its soldiers to exercise the freedom of Hyndburn, and it is fitting that we will do so in the home town of the Accrington Pals on the anniversary of their great sacrifice.

“Parades such as this give us an opportunity to publicly express our gratitude to the communities our soldiers come from.

“We very much look forward to July 1 and to thanking the people of Hyndburn for their long-standing and continued support.”

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The history of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is linked with the Accrington Pals, so it is fitting that they have chosen this the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War to exercise their freedom of the borough.

“Everyone is invited and warmly welcomed to come along and see the parade, which will give us all the opportunity to show our appreciation for the regiment’s gallant and courageous service.”

The time of the march, and the route, is set to be announced on Monday, June 16.

The Freedom Parade is part of a programme of activities running from 2014 to 2018 in Hyndburn to coincide with the programme of national commemorations of the First World War.

Before heading off to the front line, where they suffered huge losses in the Battle of the Somme, the Pals marched through Accrington to cheers from residents.

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1:37pm Sat 31 May 14

woolywords says...

You may wish to read of the formation, training and action that the Pals regiment saw, here...
http://www.pals.org.
uk/pals_e.htm#intro

As ever with soldiers, there's a lot of moaning about training, marching, idleness, the food, the weather, the conditions and the many other things that soldiers love to moan about. (On one march, they got lost! The fault of the Ruperts - 'who couldn't find their backsides, if they were sat on their hands' - so no change there then.)
You have to admire that regiment, for being able to form in a few short weeks, with over 1100 volunteers. Then feel the great sadness, when news of their deaths reached the towns, where hardly a street was left unaffected, after over 800 of them died, on one morning, in an attack on the town of Serre (part of the Somme battles).
You may wish to read of the formation, training and action that the Pals regiment saw, here... http://www.pals.org. uk/pals_e.htm#intro As ever with soldiers, there's a lot of moaning about training, marching, idleness, the food, the weather, the conditions and the many other things that soldiers love to moan about. (On one march, they got lost! The fault of the Ruperts - 'who couldn't find their backsides, if they were sat on their hands' - so no change there then.) You have to admire that regiment, for being able to form in a few short weeks, with over 1100 volunteers. Then feel the great sadness, when news of their deaths reached the towns, where hardly a street was left unaffected, after over 800 of them died, on one morning, in an attack on the town of Serre (part of the Somme battles). woolywords
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10:26am Sun 1 Jun 14

kosmic karma says...

Excellent. It would be nice if it included a respite at the Oak Hill memorial. Sadly, not a lot of rememberance gets up there nowadays.
Excellent. It would be nice if it included a respite at the Oak Hill memorial. Sadly, not a lot of rememberance gets up there nowadays. kosmic karma
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11:33pm Sun 1 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment formerly known as the QLR. They were famous for murdering Baha Mousa on the 14th Sept 2003 with 93 injuries

At a court martial in 2006-07, seven soldiers from 1QLR, including its former commanding officer, Colonel Jorge Mendonca, faced charges relating to the killing of Mr Mousa and to the other detainees. But the £20million trial ended with all being cleared apart from Corporal Payne. Total whitewash.

There's a book all about it called a very British Killing, perhaps I will sell it at the parade
Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment formerly known as the QLR. They were famous for murdering Baha Mousa on the 14th Sept 2003 with 93 injuries At a court martial in 2006-07, seven soldiers from 1QLR, including its former commanding officer, Colonel Jorge Mendonca, faced charges relating to the killing of Mr Mousa and to the other detainees. But the £20million trial ended with all being cleared apart from Corporal Payne. Total whitewash. There's a book all about it called a very British Killing, perhaps I will sell it at the parade 2 for 5p ridesagain
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5:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

demobbed says...

2 for 5p rides again you really are an oxygen thief!
2 for 5p rides again you really are an oxygen thief! demobbed
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