Banner salutes bravery of Accrington Pals

Blackburn Citizen: The banner carries the words ‘spectamur agendo’, a Latin motto which means ‘let us be judged by our acts’ The banner carries the words ‘spectamur agendo’, a Latin motto which means ‘let us be judged by our acts’

FIRST World War commemorations are set to get under way in Hyndburn.

A huge 7.5m by 65m banner, covering offices in Broadway, Accrington, has been put up, and balloons will be launched before a memorial service, on Sunday, February 16.

Veterans, dignitaries and politicians are expected to attend, alongside family members of the Accrington Pals, and the public, from 1pm.

The widow of Pals historian and author Bill Turner, Ruth, will be a special guest at the event, part of national commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

She said: “Chronicling the history of the Pals, and recognition for their bravery, was my late husband’s life’s work and I’m happy to be able to represent him on this momentous occasion.”

A service will be held from 3pm at St John the Evangelist Church, in Addison Street.

The banner features several images of soldiers from the regiment, formally known as the 11th East Lancashire Regiment, posing, sitting, and marching, accompanied by large images of the Union Jack, and poppies.

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5:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

moxhie says...

I have seen the banner , and do not think it gives any dignified commemoration to the Accrington Pals . It looks shabby and cheap . They deserve better than a cover-up for the grotty buildings the banner hides .

As for the motto ‘let us be judged by our acts’ , it would have been more appropriate to have some collage which showed things as they were , gruesome and brutal , with lads being carried along on a wave of jingoistic hysteria to be led to the slaughter .

Shame on those in Accrington who were part of this unworthy shambles !
I have seen the banner , and do not think it gives any dignified commemoration to the Accrington Pals . It looks shabby and cheap . They deserve better than a cover-up for the grotty buildings the banner hides . As for the motto ‘let us be judged by our acts’ , it would have been more appropriate to have some collage which showed things as they were , gruesome and brutal , with lads being carried along on a wave of jingoistic hysteria to be led to the slaughter . Shame on those in Accrington who were part of this unworthy shambles ! moxhie

10:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

littlegrandma says...

I totally disagree with moxhie. When I went into town today, it literally stopped me in my tracks. I think it is everything it should be. A town showing its pride for those men and boys that went to war and showing it in a dignified way. We all know the horror that war brings and we dont need those sort of images to make the point. For once I say thumbs up to the Council. As for covering up a grotty building, it just happens to be a prime location suitable for maximum impact.
I totally disagree with moxhie. When I went into town today, it literally stopped me in my tracks. I think it is everything it should be. A town showing its pride for those men and boys that went to war and showing it in a dignified way. We all know the horror that war brings and we dont need those sort of images to make the point. For once I say thumbs up to the Council. As for covering up a grotty building, it just happens to be a prime location suitable for maximum impact. littlegrandma

1:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

churchman says...

our council dont get much praise,but hats off to you for this great memorial in the town centre.the banner has a great wow factor,and a great tribute to our war heroes.once again thanks for a great job.p.s could you put another one up on the commercial pub at church n ossy traffic lights.now that is a bloody eyesore. just a thought
our council dont get much praise,but hats off to you for this great memorial in the town centre.the banner has a great wow factor,and a great tribute to our war heroes.once again thanks for a great job.p.s could you put another one up on the commercial pub at church n ossy traffic lights.now that is a bloody eyesore. just a thought churchman

6:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

It's disrespectful,are these guys from chorley? Don't they class themselves as something other than accy pals...Looks Nice but...what a load of old crap
It's disrespectful,are these guys from chorley? Don't they class themselves as something other than accy pals...Looks Nice but...what a load of old crap Biggy12

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