Trib­utes shap­ing up for WWI cen­te­nary

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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.

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.

Jac­qui Sin­nott-Lacey, West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil di­rec­tor of hous­ing and in­clu­sion, Cllr Ian Moran, and mayor Cllr Noel De­laney, and vet­er­ans from Skelmers­dale Ex-Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion and Skelmers­dale Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion with one of the sil­hou­ettes

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