SERVICES are set to take place across East Lancashire to remember the sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

Royal British Legion members are out in towns across the area selling poppies to raise money for veterans and their families.

Legion members will turn out in full force for services this weekend, the culmination of months of work celebrating the association’s 90th anniversary.

Civic leaders will also be attending the Remembrance events and have urged residents to take part.

The Mayor of Burnley Coun David Heginbotham said: “The most important three words are Lest We Forget.

"It is of paramount importance to this country that we have remembrance ceremonies.

“We must never forget those who suffered and died for us and those who continue to do that in Afghanistan.

"The people who come as immigrants to this country must be brought to understand how important it is that we honour people who have given their lives to protect us.”

Councillor Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We must never forget those who have given their lives or have been injured whilst fighting for our country.

"These brave servicemen and women deserve our utmost respect and I hope the borough comes together, like in previous years, to help us mark this poignant time of year.”

Councillor Karimeh Foster, Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, said: “It is an honour to be part of the Remembrance Services.

"It is important that we never forget the sacrifices our armed forces have made and we continue to show our support for those who are still fighting.”

Armistice Day

On Friday, November 11, East Lancashire will fall silent to mark the 93th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Schools, offices, factories, and shopping centres will come to a standstill for two minutes to mark the moment the First World War came to an end.

In addition, there will public ceremonies in:

Blackburn: 11am: Two-minute silence outside Blackburn Town Hall with council members and the Royal British Legion.

Colne: 10.45am: Before the two-minute silence, the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, will attend a special dedication ceremony at the Colne War Memorial in Albert Road. Organised by Colne British Legion, the ceremony commemorates the recent addition of Sergeant John Baxter's name to the memorial.

Darwen: 11am: Two-minute silence outside Darwen Town Hall with council members and the Royal British Legion.

Saturday, November 12

Darwen: 11am: A short service in Darwen Market Square followed by wreath-laying at the Belgrave Square Boer War Memorial.

Remembrance Sunday

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn 9.30am: Service at Blackburn Cathedral followed by a parade on King William Street, moving at 10.25am to the Corporation Park Gardens of Remembrance for a wreath-laying service.

Darwen 2.30pm: Service at St Peter’s Church, Darwen followed by wreath laying at the War Memorial in Bold Venture Park.

Hoddlesden 9.15am: Service at St Paul’s Church followed by a wreath laying service at Hoddlesden War Memorial at 11.55am.


Burnley: 10am: Ex-servicemen's and other uniformed organisations are asked to assemble on the pedestrianised area of Curzon Street. The parade will move off approximately 10.25am and go to the War Memorial, Croft Street for 10.50am service. The service will be conducted by Canon Tom Bill, the Rector of St Peter's Church and Chaplain to the Royal British Legion Burnley branch, assisted by the Mayor's Chaplain Father Keith Henshall, of St John the Divine Church, Cliviger. The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Burnley, Councillor David Heginbotham, will remember those who lost their lives in war, at a Service of Remembrance along with representatives from Burnley Council, the Royal British Legion, ex-servicemen's associations, the Armed Forces, public organisations and other uniformed groups, and members of the public.


Accrington: 10.30am: Service at Cenotaph, Oak Hill Park. A silnce will be observed at 11am followed by the laying of wreaths. 11.30am parade will go from Oakhill Park, Manchester Road to Accrington Town Hall via Abbey Street and Blackburn Road.

Altham: 10am: Service at St James Church to be followed by Act of Remembrance at the war memorial.

Baxenden: 3pm: Service at St John’s Church, Baxenden.

Church: 10.30am: Parade from Bank Street to Henry Street via Buckingham Grove and Riding Barn Street to Gatty Park. 11am service and wreath laying at the War Memorial, Gatty Park.

Clayton-le-Moors: 9.40am: Procession from Civic Hall, Pickup Street, Whalley Road, Sparth Road and Grange Street. 10am service at All Saints Church at 10am. After the service, a parade will march to the War Memorial in Mercer Park for a short service and wreath laying at approximately 11am. Parade will return to the Civic Hall via Grange Street and Pickup Street at 11.20am.

Great Harwood: 10am: Service at St Bartholomew’s and St John’s. 10.35am: Parade to the War Memorial via Church Street and Church Lane 10.50am: Service and wreath laying at the War Memorial, including observance of the silence at 11am. After the service, parade will return via Church Lane and Church Street to Town Gate.

Huncoat: 2.10pm: Assemble at the corner of Burnley Lane and Lowergate Road for a parade to the war memorial for a wreath-laying service at 2.30pm.

Oswaldtwistle: 2.10pm: Parade from Thwaites Street along Union Road to the War Memorial on Rhyddings Street. 2.30pm combined service and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.

Rishton: 9.45am: Service at St Charles Church (no parade to church). 10.30am: Parade from Station Road, left on to Blackburn Road and to the war memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony and short service. Parade then returns via Blackburn Road to the library for dismissal.


Barnoldswick: 3pm: Service of Remembrance in Town Square followed by procession to the Cenotaph for the wreath-laying service.

Barrowford 10am: Procession from Holmefield House to St Thomas’ Church for a service at 10.30am, then on to War Memorial, Barrowford Park, for wreath-laying service at noon.

Blacko: 10.50am: Assembly at the Cenotaph for a service at 11am. Followed by refreshments at Blacko Independent Methodist Church.

Brierfield: 10.40am: Wreath-laying and short service at the Cenotaph conducted by Minister Rev E. Saville.

Colne: 10.15am: Assemble at the Royal British Legion Headquarters, Keighley Road. Parade will proceed to the Cenotaph, where a service will be held and wreaths placed at approximately 11am.

Earby: 1.45pm: Assemble at New Road Community Centre, parade to the Cenotaph at the Memorial Grounds, Sough, for a service at 2.30pm.

Fence 12.15pm: A memorial service at the Cenotaph.

Foulridge 9.15am: A service at the Parish Church followed by a short service at the Cenotaph at 11am.

Higham : 10.30am: Service and wreath-laying at St John’s Church, Higham Hall Road.

Nelson: 1.30pm: Parade from the Innovation Centre, Brunswick Street, to the Cenotaph for a service at 2pm. After the service the parade will re-form and proceed to Nelson Cricket Club.

Newchurch-in-Pendle 9am: Service and wreath-laying at St. Mary's Church.

Trawden 9.45am: Service at the Parish Church, Church Street, followed by short service at the Cenotaph at 10.45am.

Ribble Valley

Billington: 2.40pm: Parade from Billington Gardens, Billington, to process and lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

Chipping: 10am: Service at St Bartholomew’s Church, Chipping.


Bacup: 2.45pm: Assemble on Maden Centre Car Park. Parade to the Cenotaph for Remembrance Service at 3.00pm. Following the service the parade will return to the New Conservative Club, Alma Street where refreshments will be available.

Crawshawbooth: 10am. Service and Act of Remembrance at Rakefoot Methodist Church, Crawshawbooth. Service followed by Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11.00 a.m.

Haslingden: 9.45am. Assemble at the Royal British Legion Club, Lower Deardengate. 10am. Parade moves off for the War Memorial in Greenfield Gardens via Lower Deardengate, Helmshore Road and Ryefield Avenue. 10.15 a.m. Wreath laying service at the War Memorial. 10.25 a.m. Parade re-assemble in Manchester Road and process to St. James Church via Manchester Road, Upper Deardengate, Church Street and Church Lane, for Remembrance Sunday Service. 10.50 a.m. Parade Standards in church followed by the Remembrance Sunday Service. After the service the parade will re-assemble in Church Street and process to the Royal British Legion Club via Upper Deardengate and Lower Deardengate. Organised by the Haslingden Branch of the Royal British Legion. To be attended by the Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Gladys Sandiford.

Helmshore: 8.45am. Parade will form up outside the Bridgend Car Park. There will be a short walk to St. Thomas' Church for a service at 9.15am. On completion of the church service, the parade will march the Helmshore Road route to the Memorial Gardens where the service of commemoration and wreath laying ceremony will be held. The parade will then form up in Station Road following a route back up Holcombe Road, Helmshore Road, passing the memorial before dismissing at the Sunnybank Social Club where refreshments will be provided. Organised by the Helmshore Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Rawtenstall: 2.35pm: The parade will form up at the side of the police building and will move up Kay Street and down Bank Street before crossing Burnley Road to the Church and Cenotaph. 3.00 pm service and wreath-laying. Following this the parade will return finishing at Kay Street car park. On completion guests will be welcomed at the Rawtenstall Conservative Club for refreshments. Organised by the Helmshore Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Waterfoot: 12noon. Trickett's Memorial Gardens, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. Organised by Waterfoot Forward. Service conducted by Reverend Sue Davies.

Whitworth: 10.20am. Parade from the former Town Council Offices (just north of the corner of Market Street and Tong Lane) and parade to the Cenotaph in Whitworth's Memorial Gardens. 10.40 am. Service of Remembrance, including a two minute silence at 11.00 am. Following the Service of Remembrance everyone is welcome to cross the road for light, warm refreshments at the Civic Hall (The Riverside). Organised by Whitworth Town Council.


A parade will leave The Royal British Legion branch in Central Street at 10.30am to the war memorial in Bridge Street at 10.50am, followed by a service at St Paul's Church until noon. After the service, the parade will re-group at the railway station and make its way back to the Royal British Legion for refreshments.