POIGNANT Remembrance services will be held across East Lancashire this weekend.

At 11 am on the 11th Day of the 11th month, the nation will pause for two minutes to reflect on the sacrifices of the country’s service men and women from conflicts past and present.

A series of remembrance services will take place in Blackburn, Burnley, Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and the Ribble Valley.

On Friday, a remembrance service will be held at Stackstead’s Peace Gardens on Newchurch Road from 10.45am.

Another memorial services will be held at St Thomas’ Church, Helmshore at 9am on Sunday followed by services at Greenfield Memorial Gardens, on Manchester Road, Haslingden at 1pm and a parade in Rawtenstall at 2.25pm from the town square to the cenotaph outside St Mary’s Church.

In Blackburn, the ringing for the civic service of remembrance will be held at Blackburn Cathedral, on Cathedral Close on Sunday from 9.30am followed by a parade along King William Street.

A remembrance service will be held at Burnley Peace Garden, on Peace Street, at 10.45am where the mayor will be in attendance.

Following the service the party will move to Burnley Police Station where soldiers will be saluted as the parade passes. The mayor will then a lay a wreath at the town’s cenotaph at Towneley Park.

In Darwen, there will be a Saturday remembrance service held at Darwen Town Hall at 11am.

Buses will run from Darwen Town Hall at 10.10am to the cenotaph at Bold Venture Park, Belgrave Road at 11am on Sunday. A service will later be held at St Peter’s Church, on Church Street at 12pm.

In Hyndburn, remembrance services will be held in Accrington, Altham, Church, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Baxenden, Oswaldwistle, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton.

In Accrington, there will be a service at cenotaph at Oakhill Park, in Manchester Road, at 10.40am followed by a civic parade. Free transport will be available at 10am at Accrington Bus Station.

In Oswaldwistle there will be a parade along Union Road to the war memorial on Rhyddings Street for combined service and laying of wreaths on Thwaites Street on Sunday at 2.10pm.

The Ribble Valley mayor & mayoress will attend a national pause to remember at Clitheroe Castle with the Clitheroe town mayor on Saturday at 11am.

On Sunday, there will be a procession held from Billington Gardens, Billington, to the cenotaph at 2.30pm. A wreath will then be laid by the mayor as part of a remembrance service at 3pm.

In Pendle, the main service will be taking place in Colne at 11am on Sunday.

The mayor will be in attendance as a procession will be held from the British Legion Club down Albert Road to the Cenotaph.

A remembrance service will also be held at Nelson war memorial, in Market Square from 2pm on Sunday.

In Padiham a remembrance service will take place at Padiham Unitary Chapel, on Church Street at 9.45am followed by a parade to the Padiham war memorial.