Remembrance Sunday services held across Lancashire

 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster The 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marching in the Remembrance Day parade in St Annes

Remembrance Sunday services and parades have taken place across Lancashire.

Preston paid its respects with a Remembrance Day parade through the city from Flag Market to the Cenotaph.

And a special service was held at Blackburn Cathedral, which was followed by a parade to the Corporation Park Garden of Remembrance.

A service was also held at Blackpool's Cenotaph on North Promenade.

'The glorious dead'

Remembrance poppies cover the shrine inside the Cenotaph on April 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
  • King George V introduced Remembrance Day on 7 November, 1919, when he ordered a two-minute silence for those killed in World War I
  • "All locomotion should cease so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead," he said
  • Originally known as Armistice Day after the agreement which ended hostilities "at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month"
  • It became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II and has since grown to encompass all conflicts
  • The poppy became a symbol of remembrance after the flowers which grew on the battlefields, referenced in the poem In Flanders Fields

Source: BBC History

Preston Guild Mayor, councillor Carl Crompton said it was "very humbling" to lead the city's "very poignant, thought provoking service".

He said: "As we mark 98 years since the end of the Great War, it remains as important as ever to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we do today."

Other events held in Lancashire included services in Burnley, Chorley, Hoddlesden, Fleetwood, Garstang, Poulton, Preesall, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, St Annes, Lytham, Kirkham and Medlar-with-Wesham.

A service at St Peter's Church, Darwen is planned for 14:30 GMT.

Services were also held in the county on Saturday to mark Armistice Day.

A service was held outside Darwen's town hall followed by a wreath-laying at the Belgrave Square Boer War Memorial on Saturday.

This was followed by the unveiling of a sculpture of a spitfire donated by WEC Group Ltd at The Green.

Barton, Bilsborrow & Myerscough in Wyre also held a civic ceremony to remember the 23 servicemen and women from the area who have died in conflict.

The memorial service was held in the remembrance garden in Bilsborrow, with 23 school children representing the fallen servicemen and women and laying a cross in the garden.

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