Blackburn Cathedral packed to capacity for Remembrance service

Blackburn Citizen: Coun Zamir Khan lays a wreath Coun Zamir Khan lays a wreath

BLACKBURN Cathedral was full to capacity for Remembrance Sunday as hundreds gathered to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The annual event that pays tribute to British servicemen and women killed in conflicts across the world was given extra poignancy in the town by the death of marine David Fairbrother late last year.

Speaking at today's service, Canon Andrew Hindley said: “In my office I have a photograph of David Fairbrother. His funeral here lives in my memory. Those memories are so clear. A poignant, yet dignified scene. “I want to say those who died in service of their country did not in vein and did so purposefully.

“Today should be a day of passion and that is why there are more people here than I can ever remember in this cathedral.”

Following the service there was a procession from King William Street to Corporation Park, where wreaths were laid on the war memorial after a minute’s silence.

Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Zamir Khan said: “Everyone should come together on this day, no matter what race or colour.

“My father served in the Second World War, as well as some of my uncles. “I am really proud to be here as mayor and it was good to see so many people.”

Hundreds of people gathered for a service at the Cenotaph in Oakhill Park, Accrington, followed by a parade back to the town hall. A minute’s silence was observed ahead of Blackburn Rovers’ match against Birmingham at Ewood Park and Accrington Stanley’s game against Northampton at the Crown Ground.

At the Black Horse pub in Darwen, a tug of war event raising money for Help For Heroes and the Poppy Appeal took place between ex-servicemen and women and civilians.

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10:18pm Sun 11 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

God Bless all those who gave their lives in the fight for freedom, democracy and freedom of speech. Also God Bless the U.K soldiers currently serving for the same values. A plague on the houses of those who have allowed the U.K. to become a place where the young are routinely abused by criminals, where the flag is denigrated and where the indiginous population are treated as third class citizens. Thank God for the brave lads who fought for the U.K. and everything that we believe that it stands for. We all of course are aware that the cowards who refused to fight then have given birth to the those in positions of power . Apples and Trees dear bot Apples and Trees! Old Johnny-boy Straumans daddy, for example refused to fight, the coward! and his son was involved in drug dealing! what a privaliged disgrace!. We deserve better we really do. I sincerely hope that there were no cowards visible at the remembrance ceremony for our glorious lads who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Deus Vobiscum
God Bless all those who gave their lives in the fight for freedom, democracy and freedom of speech. Also God Bless the U.K soldiers currently serving for the same values. A plague on the houses of those who have allowed the U.K. to become a place where the young are routinely abused by criminals, where the flag is denigrated and where the indiginous population are treated as third class citizens. Thank God for the brave lads who fought for the U.K. and everything that we believe that it stands for. We all of course are aware that the cowards who refused to fight then have given birth to the those in positions of power . Apples and Trees dear bot Apples and Trees! Old Johnny-boy Straumans daddy, for example refused to fight, the coward! and his son was involved in drug dealing! what a privaliged disgrace!. We deserve better we really do. I sincerely hope that there were no cowards visible at the remembrance ceremony for our glorious lads who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE

11:12pm Sun 11 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

What's hapend to the messages
What's hapend to the messages 2 for 5p

11:25pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Rimbus says...

2 for 5p wrote:
What's hapend to the messages
They took down all the ones with spelling mistakes in them! Looks like your latest post will be disappearing soon. lol.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: What's hapend to the messages[/p][/quote]They took down all the ones with spelling mistakes in them! Looks like your latest post will be disappearing soon. lol. Rimbus

11:50pm Sun 11 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Rimbus? Dimbus!
Rimbus? Dimbus! DEO VOLENTE

12:16am Mon 12 Nov 12

Rimbus says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Rimbus? Dimbus!
You clearly were not following this thread earlier when your good friend '2 for 5p' was denigrating and demeaning the memory of - in you own words - 'our glorious lads who gave the ultimate sacrifice'.
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Rimbus? Dimbus![/p][/quote]You clearly were not following this thread earlier when your good friend '2 for 5p' was denigrating and demeaning the memory of - in you own words - 'our glorious lads who gave the ultimate sacrifice'. Rimbus

12:38am Mon 12 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

No I was! not but if that is what was happening, please accept my humble apologies. Anyone who denigrates or demeans the memory of brave people who have made the untimate sacrifice is lower than words. Once again apologies "Rimbus"and God Bless the brave servicemen and their families.They are in my prayers.

Deus Vobiscum
No I was! not but if that is what was happening, please accept my humble apologies. Anyone who denigrates or demeans the memory of brave people who have made the untimate sacrifice is lower than words. Once again apologies "Rimbus"and God Bless the brave servicemen and their families.They are in my prayers. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE

3:19am Mon 12 Nov 12

ToffeeGuy says...

"Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Zamir Khan said: “Everyone should come together on this day, no matter what race or colour."

Why bring race into this?
"Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Zamir Khan said: “Everyone should come together on this day, no matter what race or colour." Why bring race into this? ToffeeGuy

6:11am Mon 12 Nov 12

Excluded again says...

Because unfortunately other people do.

They forget that the British forces in the Second World War was drawn from across the then Empire and that, for example, the Indian Army in the Second World War is still the largest volunteer army the world has ever known. They 'remember' the British forces as wholly white. Equally, some Muslim extremists forget the sacrifice of Muslims from across the empire for Britain and denigrate the poppy.

We should remember and honour all those who gave everything for our freedoms. Lest we forget.
Because unfortunately other people do. They forget that the British forces in the Second World War was drawn from across the then Empire and that, for example, the Indian Army in the Second World War is still the largest volunteer army the world has ever known. They 'remember' the British forces as wholly white. Equally, some Muslim extremists forget the sacrifice of Muslims from across the empire for Britain and denigrate the poppy. We should remember and honour all those who gave everything for our freedoms. Lest we forget. Excluded again

11:18am Mon 12 Nov 12

sen c ble says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
"Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Zamir Khan said: “Everyone should come together on this day, no matter what race or colour."

Why bring race into this?
You really need to refer to the history books!
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: "Blackburn with Darwen mayor Coun Zamir Khan said: “Everyone should come together on this day, no matter what race or colour." Why bring race into this?[/p][/quote]You really need to refer to the history books! sen c ble

3:23pm Mon 12 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Lest we forget

I already have
Lest we forget I already have 2 for 5p

8:38am Tue 13 Nov 12

ladysal says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Lest we forget I already have
Says it all doesn't really?
Ever wondered why the world is degenerating into civil war, terrorism and other wars? One of the most important reasons for remembering the sacrifices made by the dead of ALL wars is the role that remembrance plays in preventing it from happening again. "Lest We Forget" has an important role to play.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Lest we forget I already have[/p][/quote]Says it all doesn't really? Ever wondered why the world is degenerating into civil war, terrorism and other wars? One of the most important reasons for remembering the sacrifices made by the dead of ALL wars is the role that remembrance plays in preventing it from happening again. "Lest We Forget" has an important role to play. ladysal

4:10pm Tue 13 Nov 12

ToffeeGuy says...

ladysal wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
Lest we forget I already have
Says it all doesn't really?
Ever wondered why the world is degenerating into civil war, terrorism and other wars? One of the most important reasons for remembering the sacrifices made by the dead of ALL wars is the role that remembrance plays in preventing it from happening again. "Lest We Forget" has an important role to play.
Every year we remember the fallen, and every year new wars are started.

Remembrance Day has been held every year since the end of WW1. It didn't prevent WW2. Or numerous other wars since.

The best remembrance would be to have no more wars ever again.

I hope future generations no longer have to have a Remembrance Day because war is such a distant memory to them, a thing that happen many centuries in the past and is seen as a inhumane concept.
[quote][p][bold]ladysal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Lest we forget I already have[/p][/quote]Says it all doesn't really? Ever wondered why the world is degenerating into civil war, terrorism and other wars? One of the most important reasons for remembering the sacrifices made by the dead of ALL wars is the role that remembrance plays in preventing it from happening again. "Lest We Forget" has an important role to play.[/p][/quote]Every year we remember the fallen, and every year new wars are started. Remembrance Day has been held every year since the end of WW1. It didn't prevent WW2. Or numerous other wars since. The best remembrance would be to have no more wars ever again. I hope future generations no longer have to have a Remembrance Day because war is such a distant memory to them, a thing that happen many centuries in the past and is seen as a inhumane concept. ToffeeGuy

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