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Local people are invited to a service commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, in memory and tribute to the Accrington Pals.

The short service will be held at the Accrington Pals memorial in Church Street Gardens in Accrington at 9:30am on Saturday 1st July, please arrive by 9:20am to allow a prompt start.

On 1st July 1916, at 7.30am on that fateful first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 11th (Service) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington), or as we know them, the Accrington Pals, went ‘over the top’, walking into No Man’s Land under the cover of artillery and mortar fire.

The Pals suffered severe losses and over 600 casualties, leaving the community back home shattered and hardly anyone untouched, with so many losing husbands, sons, brothers, uncles, friends and neighbours.

The Mayor, Cllr Peter Britcliffe warmly welcomed people to the Commemoration service, saying; “The Pals’ huge bravery and sacrifice and that of their comrades who fought and fell in World War One, will never be forgotten.  I hope you will join us at the annual Somme Commemoration Service to mark the anniversary of the Accrington Pals' devastating losses and the sacrifice of all those who fell in the Great War.”



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Hyndburn Community Leaders have issued this statement after the horrific terror attacks in Manchester:

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “We are all shocked and extremely saddened at yesterday’s horrific attack in Manchester. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families and everyone touched by these terrible events. Manchester is right next door, it’s so close to home, we feel Manchester’s loss and pain so keenly and we stand together with them.”

Hyndburn’s Conservative Party Leader, Cllr Tony Dobson, added; “Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with everyone affected by this terrible attack, our thoughts are with them and all the people of Manchester at this sad time.”

Cllr Paul Thompson, Leader of Hyndburn’s UK Independence Group, said; “We’re so saddened and deeply shocked by these terrible events and our thoughts go to those who have lost their lives, to their families and all who are touched by this tragedy.”

Hafiz Abdul Saeed, Head Imam of Raza Masjid Mosque, Grimshaw Street, Accrington said;
“Our deepest condolences go to all in Manchester who have been affected by this terrible attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends, our hearts go out to them.”

The union flag is flying at half-mast on Accrington Town Hall (see left column). A book of Condolence will open on Thursday in Accrington Town Hall for people to pay their respects and you can also sign Manchester’s Book of Condolence online at http://www.manchester.gov.uk/

A vigil will also take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th May at St James Church in Accrington for everyone to show support for those affected by the tragic events in Manchester.





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