Lights go out across East Lancashire to remember fallen First World War heroes

Habib Urrehman, of Sultania Mosque, lays a wreath at Brierfield war memorial

Habib Urrehman, of Sultania Mosque, lays a wreath at Brierfield war memorial

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE lights went out across East Lancashire yesterday evening as the region took part in the national ‘Lights Out’ event to commemorate the start of the First World War.

A torch-lit parade took place in the grounds of Towneley Hall from 9.45pm to the war memorial.

The parade was followed by a service of remembrance including a speech from the Mayor of Burnley, Coun Andrew Tatchell, a service by Churches Together and Building Bridges, and a two-minute silence.

Rossendale Borough Council also hosted an event from 10pm at its Futures Park offices in Bacup.

In Whitworth there was candle lit ceremony in the Remembrance Gardens at the same time.

The events were inspired by the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey’s remark: “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The Royal British Legion alongside local councils encouraged everyone to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm last night, leaving only a single light or candle as a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

The ‘Lights Out’ events were part of the ‘14-18 Now’ cultural programme marking the centenary. Coun Tatchell said: “It’s about marking the sacrifice that was made during the war.

“The Lights Out event was about passing on the stories from the First World War to the next generation so that they are not forgotten.

“It was an opportunity for the whole community to come together and recognise the sacrifice that was made and remember those who gave their hope, youth and lives to maintain freedom and peace.

“The war was on an unprecedented scale and in Burnley 4,000 people lost their lives after going to fight.

“We must make sure that the war is not lost in the sands of time.”

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10:15am Tue 5 Aug 14

nospmisnai says...

We attended the Lights Out in Darwen last night. The commemoration & tribute to our heroes of W W 1 was a total shambles.
Firstly - the sound system was not adequate enough and people stood at the back could not hear a word that was being said.
Secondly - a stage/platform of some description was needed so the people speaking and the young dancers could be seen by the people attending.
Thirdly - the timings of the event were out by a good 10 mins, at 9.50 pm it was talk among yourselves, till the Town hall clock struck 10 pm. and the bugle playing the "Last Post" and "Reveille" was absolutely disgusting. I'm sure practice would have made perfect.
Darwen if you can't do it right then leave it alone.
We attended the Lights Out in Darwen last night. The commemoration & tribute to our heroes of W W 1 was a total shambles. Firstly - the sound system was not adequate enough and people stood at the back could not hear a word that was being said. Secondly - a stage/platform of some description was needed so the people speaking and the young dancers could be seen by the people attending. Thirdly - the timings of the event were out by a good 10 mins, at 9.50 pm it was talk among yourselves, till the Town hall clock struck 10 pm. and the bugle playing the "Last Post" and "Reveille" was absolutely disgusting. I'm sure practice would have made perfect. Darwen if you can't do it right then leave it alone. nospmisnai
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12:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

slants wrote:
i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.
If members of the Muslim community don't attend remembrance events they are criticised and if members of the Muslim community attend remembrance events they are criticised.

In the First World War, India sent out seven expeditionary forces to fight for Britain in several theatres of the war, including 130 000 who served in Belgium and France, 9000 of whom were killed fighting for Britain.

Lest we forget.
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.[/p][/quote]If members of the Muslim community don't attend remembrance events they are criticised and if members of the Muslim community attend remembrance events they are criticised. In the First World War, India sent out seven expeditionary forces to fight for Britain in several theatres of the war, including 130 000 who served in Belgium and France, 9000 of whom were killed fighting for Britain. Lest we forget. Excluded again
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1:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

slants wrote:
i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.
You heard it from an "expert" folks!
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.[/p][/quote]You heard it from an "expert" folks! Oldmanofthemountains
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1:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

slants wrote:
i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.
What a moronic comment. The old fella is clearly as keen to honour Britain's war dead as any other right-minded citizen. He probably lost ancestors in Flanders too - Indian nationals of all religions accounted for almost 75000 allied war dead, and another 69000 went home wounded.

I doubt that we would see the same respect from some members of younger generations of the Asian community, but the older ones have as much pride in the part that their forefathers played in the Great War as any right thinking Englishman.
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.[/p][/quote]What a moronic comment. The old fella is clearly as keen to honour Britain's war dead as any other right-minded citizen. He probably lost ancestors in Flanders too - Indian nationals of all religions accounted for almost 75000 allied war dead, and another 69000 went home wounded. I doubt that we would see the same respect from some members of younger generations of the Asian community, but the older ones have as much pride in the part that their forefathers played in the Great War as any right thinking Englishman. rudis_dad
  • Score: 14

3:29pm Tue 5 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

rudis_dad wrote:
slants wrote:
i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.
What a moronic comment. The old fella is clearly as keen to honour Britain's war dead as any other right-minded citizen. He probably lost ancestors in Flanders too - Indian nationals of all religions accounted for almost 75000 allied war dead, and another 69000 went home wounded.

I doubt that we would see the same respect from some members of younger generations of the Asian community, but the older ones have as much pride in the part that their forefathers played in the Great War as any right thinking Englishman.
Thank- God for someone who actually appreciates and comments on the positives.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: i have seen some staged photo ops in my time but this shambles takes the biscuit.[/p][/quote]What a moronic comment. The old fella is clearly as keen to honour Britain's war dead as any other right-minded citizen. He probably lost ancestors in Flanders too - Indian nationals of all religions accounted for almost 75000 allied war dead, and another 69000 went home wounded. I doubt that we would see the same respect from some members of younger generations of the Asian community, but the older ones have as much pride in the part that their forefathers played in the Great War as any right thinking Englishman.[/p][/quote]Thank- God for someone who actually appreciates and comments on the positives. glossopkid
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3:31pm Tue 5 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

I don't see Tony Wales commenting, is it because there is an asian man laying a wreath here. So much for your comment about Moslems not caring about the war.
I don't see Tony Wales commenting, is it because there is an asian man laying a wreath here. So much for your comment about Moslems not caring about the war. glossopkid
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6:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

glossopkid wrote:
I don't see Tony Wales commenting, is it because there is an asian man laying a wreath here. So much for your comment about Moslems not caring about the war.
The reason he can't comment today? Well, he is only allowed out on certain days and I think today the rspca caught up with him! 😀
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: I don't see Tony Wales commenting, is it because there is an asian man laying a wreath here. So much for your comment about Moslems not caring about the war.[/p][/quote]The reason he can't comment today? Well, he is only allowed out on certain days and I think today the rspca caught up with him! 😀 ikap22
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10:48pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bacupbabe says...

Why did Rossendale Borough Council have a service at Futures Park, there is a war memorial just up the road in Bacup Centre...there was a lovely gathering there, not staged, just members of the public who wanted to show respect for the sacrifice made by so many.
Why did Rossendale Borough Council have a service at Futures Park, there is a war memorial just up the road in Bacup Centre...there was a lovely gathering there, not staged, just members of the public who wanted to show respect for the sacrifice made by so many. bacupbabe
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