World War One: Accrington route for freedom parade revealed

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun Lois Rimmer reads the citation at the ceremony in Clitheroe as the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment are given the Freedom of the Borough

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun Lois Rimmer reads the citation at the ceremony in Clitheroe as the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment are given the Freedom of the Borough

First published in Hyndburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

THE route of a parade through the streets of Accrington to commemorate the start of the First World War has been revealed.

On Tuesday, July 1, 120 soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will march through the town to exercise their freedom of the borough.

Starting from St John the Evangelist Church in Addison Street at noon, the soldiers will march with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying, and bayonets fixed, led by the Band of the King’s Division, a full 32-piece marching band.

The regiment will travel down Burnley Road, left onto Eastgate, then onto Abbey Street and right down Blackburn Road.

They will then turn onto Church Street, passing the Accrington Pals memorial where the annual service will have taken place.

After completing a circuit of St James’ Church, they will travel along Cannon Street, St James’ Street, and Holmes Street, before returning down Church Street to the town hall, where the parade will finish at around 12.20pm.

Hyndburn major Munsif Dad, and Brigadier PS Rafferty MBE will inspect the troops.

Coun Dad, joined by mayors from across Lancashire, will then honour the sacrifices made by all members of the armed forces.

Colonel Chris Owen said: “It is a tremendous honour for the regiment and its soldiers to exercise the freedom of Hyndburn, and it is fitting that we will do so in the home town of the Accrington Pals on the anniversary of their great sacrifice.”

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The history of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is linked with the Accrington Pals, so it is fitting that they have chosen this the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War to exercise their freedom of the borough.”

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4:49pm Thu 19 Jun 14

wolfy1 says...

What time does the parade start ?
What time does the parade start ? wolfy1
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5:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Malthus says...

I have nothing but total respect for all of the troops who died in the "Great War" as I also respect the six years that my Grandfather spent fighting the Second World War. However, I am concerned that we are celebrating this horrific conflict at the wrong time. Surely a more appropriate time to show thanks for the sacrifices made would be 2018; one hundred years since the armistice. I really do feel that the one hundred year mark should be a time of reflection and not one of glorification.
I have nothing but total respect for all of the troops who died in the "Great War" as I also respect the six years that my Grandfather spent fighting the Second World War. However, I am concerned that we are celebrating this horrific conflict at the wrong time. Surely a more appropriate time to show thanks for the sacrifices made would be 2018; one hundred years since the armistice. I really do feel that the one hundred year mark should be a time of reflection and not one of glorification. Malthus
  • Score: 7

6:16pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

Can't see the point or significance of this parade.
Can't see the point or significance of this parade. Noiticer
  • Score: -13

9:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

sharonAccy says...

Such a shame not on Saturday would love to be there to show support and also take my young children so they grow up remembering
Such a shame not on Saturday would love to be there to show support and also take my young children so they grow up remembering sharonAccy
  • Score: 11

12:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

East_lancs_lad says...

Noiticer wrote:
Can't see the point or significance of this parade.
What an axxhole
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: Can't see the point or significance of this parade.[/p][/quote]What an axxhole East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

I used to think the noticers of this world were a minority. Manners prevent me from saying what I really think of his kind.
I used to think the noticers of this world were a minority. Manners prevent me from saying what I really think of his kind. vicn1956
  • Score: 4

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