BATTLING to save hospital services have been part of life in East Lancashire and this photographs shows the lengths people go to in protesting.

On November 26, 1979, more than 400 people fought to retain full hospital services in Accrington by taking to the streets in a rally.

Town-centre traffic came to a halt while the 100 yard long column of men, women and children, many of them carrying placards and posters, walked along Whalley Road, Broadway and Blackburn Road watched on by hundreds of shoppers.

The march started near Accrington Victoria Hospital but nurses on duty who wanted to show their support had been ordered not to leave the building.

Accrington MP Arthur Davidson said the fight to retain full services at Accrington had been ‘the most emotionally charged issue in the Hyndburn area in the last decade’.