More than 1,000 bea­cons to be lit for com­mem­o­ra­tions

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

A BEA­CON- LIGHT­ING ser­vice in Rawten­stall Ceme­tery will mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

Rossendale coun­cil has worked with Rev Chris Casey from St Mary’s Church, Rawten­stall, and mem­bers of the pub­lic to or­gan­ise the event on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

The lo­ca­tion is par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate as the war me­mo­rial there was the first in the coun­try to be erected by the com­mu­nity, in Septem­ber 1915.

This will be re­flected in the com­mu­nity na­ture of the ser­vice.

Lo­cal schools and uni­formed groups will gather at the en­trance to the ceme­tery on Burn­ley Road at 6.30pm.

They will take part in a lantern pa­rade to the me­mo­rial where Wa­ter Band will play.

Rel­a­tives of those who are named on the me­mo­rial are also in­vited to take part and can email com­mu­ni­ti­esteam@rossendalebc.gov.uk.

A short ser­vice will be fol­lowed by the light­ing of a bea­con at 7pm and peo­ple will be given a small wooden cross to plant in the ground.

The ser­vice is part of the na­tional Bat­tle’s Over com­mem­o­ra­tions which will see more than a thou­sand bea­cons lit around the coun­try.

Bat­tle’s Over bells will also be rung through­out the coun­try to mark the mo­men­tous mo­ment.

●● One of the Bat­tle’s Over bells that will be used to pay trib­ute to the First World War fallen

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