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Centenary of the First World War

The Council is honouring the sacrifices made by men and women who served in the armed forces by marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

'Silent Soldier Silhouettes' from the Royal British Legion, which have poppy emblems and a base plate plaque with the text 1914-1918 and 'Lest we forget', will be placed at the war memorials in Ormskirk, Skelmersdale and Burscough in October.

Around the time of Remembrance Sunday the Clock Tower in Ormskirk and the Light Cube in Skelmersdale will be coloured red to show wider community respect for the commemorations.

On Remembrance Sunday on 11 November 2018 a piper's tribute will play 'When the Battle's O'er' in Coronation Park, Ormskirk, at 6am to mark the time when the Armistice was signed 100 years before.

Veterans' organisations, the Council, and a number of Parish Councils and local churches will be organising Remembrance Sunday Services during the day in Ormskirk, Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire as they do each year.

Then in the evening a beacon will be lit in Beacon Country Park at 7pm as West Lancashire joins more than 370 Councils and 1,000 beacon sites across the country in this collective act of respect and recognition. Prior to the lighting of the beacons at 6.55pm the Last Post will be played across the country.

The Chapel Gallery will host a World War One Heritage Project recognising the role of Women during World War One, focusing on a number of women with strong links to West Lancashire. Funding has been secured from Heritage Lottery to develop this in partnership with Edge Hill University and Ormskirk and District Family History Society. The exhibition "Opening the Gates", will involve local schools and is planned to run from 6 October 2018 until 19 January 2019.



The Borough Council will also be cleaning its memorials and making sure the flower and shrub beds in the memorial gardens are all tidy and are working with Up Holland Parish Council to re-gild the name plaques on Up Holland War Memorial.

Residents who get a fruit tree through the authority's Free Tree Scheme will also be given a pack of Flanders red poppy seeds.

The popular War Horse Walk leaflet has been relaunched and is available from the Council Offices, the Customer Service Point at the Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk Library and can be downloaded from Discover Ormskirk (external link).

The following events have been arranged by our partners and associates so please check timings and venues with them prior to setting off:

At Ormskirk Parish Church

  • Knitted poppies displayed outside the Church
  • 10 silhouettes on seats which people will be welcome to come and see
  • Brothers in Arms Play being performed on Tuesday 20 November at 7.30pm

Advert poster for Brother in Arms


The events at Lathom Park Chapel on the 11th are:

  • 10.15 am The laying of wreaths at the War Memorial , Hall Lane, Lathom.
  • The service will then move up to the Chapel and start at 10.40am
  • The Chapel will after the service remain open until 4pm for people to pay their respects to the Fallen 
  • There But Not There  installation of life size silhouettes of the Tommy soldiers and poppies knitted by the congregation.
  • The names of the Fallen from Lathom have been carved in wood by a local artist and laid on the new Armistice Alter Fall made by a friend of the Chapel.
  • During the afternoon the local Town crier will cry The Battle is Over
  • 1pm the organist will be playing
  • 2pm Skelmersdale Prize Band will be playing for an hour
  • They will close the Chapel at 4pm with a short Act of Remembrance.
  • During the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served.
    Lathom Park Chapel, Hall Lane Lathom, L40 5UG

If there any other events you would like featured here please email comms.team@westlancs.gov.uk