Tributes shaping up for WWI centenary
WEST Lancashire Borough Council is working on its tributes to those who served in the Armed Forces to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
The council has bought three Silent Soldier Silhouettes from the Royal British Legion which have poppy emblems and a base plate plaque with the text “1914-1918” and “Lest we forget”.
Two have been placed at the war memorials in Skelmersdale and Burscough, and a third will be placed by the memorial in Ormskirk in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 11.
Cllr Ian Moran, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, is himself a veteran of the Armed Forces.
He said: “The silent soldier silhouettes are a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by all who served in the Great War.
“West Lancashire is very proud of its links with the Armed Forces and the council is proud to play its role in recognising the importance of commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
“We have a series of tributes planned to mark this important time in our history.”
The council will also be cleaning its memorials and has worked with Up Holland Parish Council to re-gild the name plaques on the village’s war memorial.
Around the time of Remembrance Sunday the Clock Tower in Ormskirk and the Light Cube in Skelmersdale will be coloured red and white in tribute.
On Remembrance Sunday, a piper’s tribute will play When The Battle’s O’er in Coronation Park, Ormskirk at 6am to mark the time the Armistice was signed 100 years ago.
In the evening a beacon will be lit in Beacon Country Park at 7pm as West Lancashire joins more than 370 councils and 1,000 beacon sites around the country in an act of respect and recognition.
Before the lighting of the beacons – at 6.55pm – Last Post will be played at venues around the country.
For more details of events and the WWI commemorations, visit the new page on the council’s website www.westlancs. gov.uk/ww1.
The council-owned Chapel Gallery is hosting a WWI heritage project recognising the role of women during the war, focusing on a number of women with strong links to West Lancashire.
The council has secured funding from Heritage Lottery to develop this in partnership with Edge Hill University and Ormskirk and District Family History Society.
The exhibition, called Opening The Gates, will involve local schools and will run until January 19, 2019.
Veterans’ organisations, the borough council, and a number of parish councils and churches will be organising Remembrance Sunday Services all over West Lancashire. See Page 20 for further events.