Accrington Pals memorial programme launched in style

This Is Lancashire: Accrington Pals memorial programme launched in style Accrington Pals memorial programme launched in style

THE families of the lost Accrington Pals watched on as 100 balloons were launched to mark the 100 years since the Great War.

Yesterday’s event was part of a day of commemorations which launched a four-year programme of First World War events in Hyndburn.

The ‘historic’ event in Accrington town centre was followed by a memorial service for the Accrington Pals at St John The Evangelist church.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Broadway office buildings to see the town’s remembrance banner to the Pals unveiled for the first time.

The banner, which wraps around building, above shops such as Greggs, British Heart Foundation, and Nationwide features images of the Accrington Pals, taken from the late historian Bill Turner’s extensive collection.

Mr Turner dedicated much time to researching the history of the Pals and wrote a number of books about them.

His wife, Ruth, was a guest of honour at the launch and said: “I feel both proud and honoured to represent Bill and think the banner looks wonderful.

“So much work has gone into it and the Accrington Pals are so very, very important to the town.

“I think it’s very fitting that the banner is right at the heart of the town centre where shoppers and visitors will be able to see it and remember.”

The programme of activities which will run from 2014 to 2018 in Hyndburn, alongside the national commemorations of the First World War, have been organised by the Accrington Pals Centenary Commemorations Group.

The group includes members of the community, Pals experts, historians, craftspeople, people involved in drama, voluntary groups and the council.

Mayor of Hyndburn Judith Addison said: “The event was wonderful and it was so special to be there as the mayor.

“I didn’t think it would happen during my time as mayor and I really do feel as though I have been a part of history.

“I am delighted to have been involved of the launch of the four years worth of projects that we having coming up. It’s very exciting.”

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5:33pm Mon 17 Feb 14

moxhie says...

This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals .

The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice .
This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals . The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice . moxhie

8:58pm Mon 17 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

moxhie wrote:
This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals .

The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice .
How about a oil cloth
[quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals . The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice .[/p][/quote]How about a oil cloth 2 for 5p ridesagain

9:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Excluded again wrote:
About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme.

The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure.

Lest we forget.
Lest we forget

I already have. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme. The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure. Lest we forget.[/p][/quote]Lest we forget I already have. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain

9:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Excluded again wrote:
About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme.

The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure.

Lest we forget.
Lest we forget

I already have. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme. The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure. Lest we forget.[/p][/quote]Lest we forget I already have. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain

8:27am Tue 18 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme.

The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure.

Lest we forget.
Lest we forget

I already have. :-)
Forgotten what? How to be a decent human being?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: About 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July. 585 of these men were casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes on the first day on the Battle of the Somme. The attack in which the Accrington Pals were slaughtered was a complete failure. Lest we forget.[/p][/quote]Lest we forget I already have. :-)[/p][/quote]Forgotten what? How to be a decent human being? Chris P Bacon

10:39am Tue 18 Feb 14

Darren1951 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
moxhie wrote:
This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals .

The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice .
How about a oil cloth
Uh-ohhh! Troll alert!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: This is an insult to the memory of the Accrington Pals . The cheap and shabby banner used to cover up an eyesore should be taken down and replaced by something more worthy of their sacrifice .[/p][/quote]How about a oil cloth[/p][/quote]Uh-ohhh! Troll alert! Darren1951

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