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World War One commemorations continue in Hyndburn
3:35pm Friday 21st February 2014 in News
FIRST World War commemorations are set to continue in Hyndburn this weekend with a day of nostalgia.
Staff at the Civic Arts Centre, in Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, hope to create a lasting legacy made by the thousands of Pals who bravely fought for their country between 1914 and 1918 by hosting an event tomorrow.
‘Back In’t Day’ will consist of traditional music and games, poems, drama performances, and speeches.
Project manager Sophie Fitzpatrick said: “We would love as many people to attend as possible.
“And anyone who would like to get involved or hear more about the project to attend.
“The young people are looking to speak to anyone who knows anything about Oswaldtwistle during the First World War and any of the local Accrington Pals.
“Real 1914 money can be purchased in bags to pay for the games, such as farthings ha’pennies and shillings.
“This will also be a fundraiser so any support would be much appreciated.”
Hundreds of people gathered on Accrington’s Broadway on Sunday for the launch of Hyndburn’s First World War commemorations, prior to the annual Accrington Pals Memorial Service at St John The Evangelist Church, Accrington, to pay tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of the Accrington Pals.
On July 1, 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the Pals suffered severe losses and more than 600 casualties, leaving the community back home shattered.
Commemorative plans also include an exhibition at Haworth Art Gallery and in Accrington Town Hall foyer, the planting of poppies at sites across the borough, a service at Accrington Station, a performance of the famous Accrington Pals play by Oswaldtwistle Players and a Centenary Concert, including a performance of the original Pals March, being held on September 27.