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Pendle honours its First World War dead

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A First World War commemoration service in the heart of Brierfield attracted a large attendance.

The service, at the town’s war memorial, was led by Brierfield Methodist Minister the Rev. Christopher Cheeseman and the Nelson and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Branch welfare officer Mr Michael Sutcliff said: “There was a big crowd in Brierfield – it was much bigger than I thought it was going to be.

“The children from Marsden Heights Community College, who are part of Brierfield Action in the Community, made their own wreath.”

The service was conducted by Mr Cheeseman but there was also a visit by the Brierfield Sultania Mosque’s representative Habib Ur Rehman, and he was welcomed by the Royal British Legion.

He laid a wreath on the war memorial in memory of war victims.

l A series of events were also held at St Paul’s CE Church, Nelson.

It began with a war memorial service at 2pm and, after that, there were opportunities to listen to British Legion members speak about the war, and they then led people on a tour of war graves in the church's graveyard.

Finally, at 7pm, there was a service and candle-lit vigil to commemorate the war. Branch secretary Janice Taylor said: "It was full in the church. Branch member Hannah Peverley placed the wreath on the memorial plaque in the church.

“A lady brought along a letter which her father got from his brother – her uncle – in France during the war. He did come back home later, though.

“The letter caused great interest at the church. Everyone enjoyed the event and everybody came back in the evening for the Vigil event."

 

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