Bolton Wanderers remembers fallen fans

Bolton Wanderers remembers fallen fans

Bolton Wanderers remembers fallen fans

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON Wanderer’s will invite people to pay their respects to lost loved ones during the club’s annual service of remembrance.

The service, lead by club chaplain Phil Mason will take place tomorrow (Tuesday).

It will start pitch side and will include the laying of a wreath of flowers and a playing of the Last Post.

During the course of the service, which begins at 6.30pm, names of loved ones associated with the club that have been inscribed in the memorial book or engraved on a memorial stone during the past 12 months will be read out, while all the names of loved ones to be remembered from previous years will be displayed on the big screen.

One name being read out will be that of Wanderers legend Malcolm Barrass, who made 357 appearances for the club and died last August at the age of 88.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to light a candle for a lost loved one.

This year’s service will have a special theme of remembrance for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

There will be a special tribute to those involved in the Bolton team who were caught up in the war.

A new addition to this year’s event will be a bugler playing the military call The Last Post in tribute to those who died in the war.

The service will continue in the club’s Platinum Suite with further readings, music and a reflection.

Mr Mason said: “I often think football stadiums are a bit like cathedrals — they are places that bring people together and they are somewhere that people love to remember loved ones.

“We do this service every year and it is always extremely poignant, we are a family club and the fact we give people this opportunity to mourn speaks volumes.

“I think it is also important this year that we pay tribute to those lost in World War One as it is such an important year.”

Those wishing to attend the service of remembrance will not need a ticket.

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