BLACKBURN Cathedral saw a solemn service to mark the end of the 1914/18 conflict before a procession to Corporation Park Gardens of Remembrance for a wreath laying at 11am - the precise moment the First World War was declared over a century ago.

A similar ceremony was held at Darwen's Bold Venture Park at the same time before a noon service at the town's St Peter's Church.

At 6am, lone piper Gordon Smith played Battles Over and other laments at Darwen Heritage Centre.

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The packed Cathedral service was led by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, who recalled the toll of the two World Wars and told a hushed congregation: "We bring to mind huge numbers around the world who died in war and conflict and terrorism since and we remember those who continue to suffer as the result of these wars.

“Remembrance Sunday is the day we are faced with the truth that humankind has the potential to do terrible evil and harm.”

Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Pat McFall began her civic duties by watching the lone piper play outside the Cathedral before dawn.

She said: "It was very dark and atmospheric. It was a privilege to be Mayor for this Remembrance Day marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

"I found it very emotional. There must have been 1,200 people in the Cathedral and more than 3,000 at Corporation Park. The borough did itself proud.

"I have never seen so many turn out on Remembrance Sunday."

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Cllr Mohammed Khan said: “So many people came together to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many during the war. It is even more important on this milestone anniversary that we pay tribute to them and reflect upon these terrible conflicts and brave individuals who are gone, but certainly not forgotten.”