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Thursday, October 30, 2014

West Lancashire honours fallen heroes

At Remembrance Sunday parades and services on 9 November West Lancashire will pay tribute to those brave people who have suffered or lost their lives serving their country.

West Lancashire Mayor, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, who will be attending services in Ormskirk and Burscough, said: “Remembrance Sunday is a very important day when we come together to honour brave men and women who have died in the service of their country. West Lancashire is very proud of its links with the armed forces and we will gather with pride to pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Large crowds gather every year for the parades, but this year will be even more poignant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.”


The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Doreen Stephenson, accompanied by West Lancashire Borough Council’s Managing Director (Transformation), Kim Webber, will attend the event. The parade assembles at St Anne’s RC Church at 9.30am for a short service which begins at 9.40am. Then at 9.50am the parade will march to the War Memorial in Coronation Park for a service. There will be a silence, Last Post, laying of wreaths and Reveille. At 10.10am the parade will march to Ormskirk Parish Church for the main Service of Remembrance, which will start at 10.30am. This will be followed by the march past and salute at the main gate of the Parish Church. The parade will then march to the Civic Hall.


The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rosie Evans, accompanied by the Borough Solicitor Terry Broderick, will join the parade which marches from Whitemoss Road, Skelmersdale, at 10.35am, to the war memorial on Sandy Lane for a service and wreath laying ceremony at 11am.


The Mayor will attend the parade and service in Burscough. The parade assembles outside Legion headquarters, Lord Street, Burscough at 1.45pm and marches off at 2pm to the War Memorial in Junction Lane where a wreath is laid. The Parade then marches to St. John’s Parish Church for a Service following which the Parade re-forms and marches past the saluting base.

In addition, Parish Councils in Aughton, Lathom and Up Holland are arranging parades and ceremonies, and services will be held at many churches in the Borough.

Two Minute silence: 11 November


West Lancashire Borough Council has organised a service and two minute silence ceremony at 11am on Tuesday 11 November in Ormskirk town centre. The event takes place at the Clock Tower and will be attended by the Deputy Mayor, members of the local clergy, Councillors and senior officers. People are very welcome to come along to the service and ceremony and are invited to gather from 10.45am onwards. 


Due to the building works going on close to the HMS Ringtail monument at Pippin Street, Burscough, there will not be the usual Armistice Day Ceremony at the monument at 11am on 11 November. Organisers apologise for any inconvenience. Next year the monument will be fully accessible and the ceremony will be on as usual.

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