Around 1,000 people attended the special event marking the rededication of Barnoldswick’s war memorial and presentation of the Freedom of the town to the Yorkshire Regiment on Sunday.
The names of 46 people from the town who died in the two world wars, including 12 who died when the hospital ship Rohilla ran aground off Whitby in 1914, have been added to the memorial after two years of research by Peter Thompson and Ian Lambert. from the Barnoldswsick War Memorial Group.
The day began with a Spitfire from the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust circling the town and performing a victory roll in the morning, and the afternoon saw a parade through the town from the Town Square to the memorial where a service led by the Rev. Derek Oldham, chaplain to the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion, was held.
Taking part in the parade were the Yorkshire Regiment band, standard bearers from Lancashire branches of the Royal British Legion, serving members of the regiment, members of Barnoldswick Army Cadets and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Sea Cadets and members of Barnoldswick RBL.
The salute was taken by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, the Deputy Lord Lieuternant of Lancashire, Peter Robinson, Lt Col Iain Hallam, from the Yorkshire Regiment, the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson and Barnoldswick Town Council chairman Coun. Ken Hartley.
Members of Barnoldswick Chamber of Trade provided pie and peas lunches as things got under way and the town council served refreshments in the Rainhall Centre afterwards.
Coun. Hartley said the day had been very successful and enjoyed by all those who had attended.