Darwen draws up plans to give freedom of borough to former soldiers

MORE former soldiers in East Lancashire are set to be given honorary freedom of their town - after the success of a fledgling scheme.

Veterans in Earby and Nelson have been given the honour - more than 60 years after the final bullet was fired in the conflict.

The scheme in Earby - promoted by parish councillors Vera Cocker and James Spence - was so popular that a second round of recipients was identified.

And now members of Darwen Town Council are drawing up proposals for their own freedom scheme - and are on the lookout for candidates.

Coun Trevor Maxfield, deputy chairman of the town council, said: “After the success of the two towns, giving the freedom of the towns to Second World War veterans, I would like to propose we do a similar thing and present all veterans with a badge and tie, “But I would like to extend the scheme to include veterans from Aden, Suez and Korea.”

Coun Paul Browne, of Sudell ward, asked about the prospective numbers which may be involved in such a scheme.

But Coun Maxfield, who represents Earcroft ward, said there were was probably not more than two dozen who may be eligible for the honour.

The town already has a number of memorials to the supreme sacrifice made by soldiers during the Second World War.

And a Spitfire memorial, commemorating the £5,000 raised by public subscription for a Darwen-backed plane, was unveiled in November.

The former East Lancashire Regiment - and its successor the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment - already officially have the freedom of the Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn among others.

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7:48pm Wed 26 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please
Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please 2 for 5p

12:53pm Thu 27 Dec 12

louderfasterlonger says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please
You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please[/p][/quote]You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour. louderfasterlonger

3:28pm Thu 27 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please
You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour.
They never had a policy invading britian either. Chump
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please[/p][/quote]You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour.[/p][/quote]They never had a policy invading britian either. Chump 2 for 5p

3:44pm Thu 27 Dec 12

louderfasterlonger says...

2 for 5p wrote:
louderfasterlonger wrote:
2 for 5p wrote: Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please
You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour.
They never had a policy invading britian either. Chump
You really are a ridiculous little man
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Can I have freedom of the borough, as a recocnition of all the tax I've payed towards all the wars and conflicts and service personell wages. Please[/p][/quote]You would indeed have been fortunate in not paying taxes if our forefathers had shown your attitude.... I believe the Nazis didn't have a tax policy on Slave Labour.[/p][/quote]They never had a policy invading britian either. Chump[/p][/quote]You really are a ridiculous little man louderfasterlonger

5:26pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Dai Darwen says...

Never has so little
Been offered to so few
For the Bravery of so many

Posthumous awards should also be awarded.
Never has so little Been offered to so few For the Bravery of so many Posthumous awards should also be awarded. Dai Darwen

11:52pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Major Tom says...

Our armed forces past & present do so much for our freedoms day in & day out. They give up their right to a everyday ordinary life so others can live their lives in peace. Not only should they have the freedom of the borough but they should be able to choose (yes, choose) a council housing residence of their choice, and be allowed to live in that housing at 75% reduced rate instead of being made homeless, or paying their life savings for a care home racketeer.
Our armed forces past & present do so much for our freedoms day in & day out. They give up their right to a everyday ordinary life so others can live their lives in peace. Not only should they have the freedom of the borough but they should be able to choose (yes, choose) a council housing residence of their choice, and be allowed to live in that housing at 75% reduced rate instead of being made homeless, or paying their life savings for a care home racketeer. Major Tom

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