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STU­ART PIKE

BEA­CONS will be lit in Rossendale to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

The bea­cons at Rawten­stall Ceme­tery and on the hill­side at Whit­worth are among more than a thou­sand which will be lit around the coun­try at 7pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

They sym­bol­ise the end of the dark­ness of war and the re­turn to the light of peace, and are part of the na­tional Bat­tle’s Over com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Churches and cathe­drals around the world – in­clud­ing St Ni­cholas Church in Newchurch and St Bartholomew’s in Whit­worth - will also ring their bells dur­ing the week­end.

The Rawten­stall bea­con is among sev­eral com­mem­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tives which have re­ceived fund­ing from Rossendale coun­cil. Oth­ers in­clude a Pack Up Your Trou­bles cel­e­bra­tion at the River­side Cen­tre, Whit­worth, on Novem­ber 10, a morn­ing of re­flec­tion with ac­tor Neil Bell, at The Whi­taker, Rawten­stall at 10.30am on Novem­ber 11, a memo­rial bench in Whit­worth, and an ex­hi­bi­tion about the young men who lost their lives in the First World War at Bacup Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum from 11am to 3pm on Novem­ber 4.

The Whit­worth bea­con is funded by the town coun­cil and there will also be a First World Warthemed cafe at St Bartholomew’s Church on Novem­ber 11.

Var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity groups in Rossendale have also raised money to erect pop­pies on lamp­posts in the bor­ough, while Rossendale coun­cil’s bin lor­ries and other ve­hi­cles will sport spe­cial pop­pies.

Rossendale coun­cil leader Coun Alyson Barnes said: “This year’s re­mem­brance events will be es­pe­cially poignant as the na­tion marks the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

“That’s why we wanted to sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as they come to­gether to re­mem­ber all those who lost their lives.”

The bor­ough’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance con­cert takes place at St Pe­ter’s Church, Hasling­den, at 4pm on Novem­ber 4. It will fea­ture Hasling­den Con­cert Band and the Vet­er­ans In Com­mu­ni­ties Singing Group.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Coun­cil­lor Ann Kenyon, will at­tend. Ad­mis­sion is free with do­na­tions in aid of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Poppy Ap­peal. Tra­di­tional Re­mem­brance ser­vices will also take place up and down the bor­ough over Re­mem­brance week­end.

SEE let­ters page. ●● Rossendale Cen­te­nary Poppy Trail is near­ing com­ple­tion. Pic­ture sub­mit­ted by Hazel Steen

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