Large banner to commemorate Accrington Pals

Lancashire Telegraph: Large banner to commemorate Accrington Pals Large banner to commemorate Accrington Pals

OFFICE buildings will disappear behind a huge banner commemorating the Accrington Pals, it has been revealed.

The 7.5m by 65m banner will wrap around the Broadway Offices building, above shops such as Greggs, British Heart Foundation, and Nationwide.

The purpose of the decoration would be to ‘hide the facade of the council offices ... until a decision is made as to their future, and secondly to commemorate the Accrington Pals throughout the upcoming national commemoration of the First World War,’ council documents said.

The banner would feature several shots of soldiers from the regiment, formally known as the 11th East Lancashire Regiment, posing, sitting and marching, accompanied by large images of the Union Jack, and poppies.

The words ‘spectamur agendo’, a Latin motto which means ‘let us be judged by our acts’, will be printed alongside the words, ‘judge us by our deeds’.

Council leader Miles Parkinson, who is also chairman of the Accrington Pals Centenary Commemorations Group, said they hoped to have the banner installed before February 16.

He said: “This is a culmination of a lot of hard work by volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy, not only this year but over previous years.

“The commemorations will last from 2014 until 2018. This is part of also trying to do something with the Broadway building, and we will be looking at what we will do when the wrap comes down. We have had many complaints about the present building, and how it looks.”

Despite the Pals being commonly known as the ‘Accy Pals’, principal planning officer at Hyndburn Council, Lauren Ingham, said ‘Accrington Pals’ would be more appropriate.

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10:00pm Fri 27 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ?
Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ? 3 for 10p

10:39am Sat 28 Dec 13

www.11112018.org.uk says...

The point of commemorating the various Pals and Lads Battalions is to highlight the cruelty, futility and inhumanity of the massacre that was The Great War.

Most of the young men who volunteered as Pals and Lads went to school together, lived in the same streets, drank together, worked for the same employer and then died together within minutes of one another as they went over the top in July 1916.

Those responsible for sending young men, armed with one bullet and a bayonet, to walk into machine gun fire called it "a magnificent display of gallantry, discipline and determination". It was nothing of the sort. It was ignorance, emotional and social blackmail and the knowledge that refusal meant execution.

Remembering is important: remembering that politicians will cheerfully send us to our deaths time and time again for no good reason.

We must remember to ensure we do not let them do it to us again.
The point of commemorating the various Pals and Lads Battalions is to highlight the cruelty, futility and inhumanity of the massacre that was The Great War. Most of the young men who volunteered as Pals and Lads went to school together, lived in the same streets, drank together, worked for the same employer and then died together within minutes of one another as they went over the top in July 1916. Those responsible for sending young men, armed with one bullet and a bayonet, to walk into machine gun fire called it "a magnificent display of gallantry, discipline and determination". It was nothing of the sort. It was ignorance, emotional and social blackmail and the knowledge that refusal meant execution. Remembering is important: remembering that politicians will cheerfully send us to our deaths time and time again for no good reason. We must remember to ensure we do not let them do it to us again. www.11112018.org.uk

10:23am Sun 29 Dec 13

andy1 says...

3 for 10p wrote:
Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ?
If it wasn't through people like these who gave their lives you wouldn't be constantly spouting your claptrap.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ?[/p][/quote]If it wasn't through people like these who gave their lives you wouldn't be constantly spouting your claptrap. andy1

5:23pm Sun 29 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

andy1 wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ?
If it wasn't through people like these who gave their lives you wouldn't be constantly spouting your claptrap.
Could you please explain the theory in your argument.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Have they ever thought about changing there name to , Accrington War Mongers ?[/p][/quote]If it wasn't through people like these who gave their lives you wouldn't be constantly spouting your claptrap.[/p][/quote]Could you please explain the theory in your argument. 3 for 10p

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