Lancashire falls silent for Remembrance Day

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On the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month, Lancashire remembered.

A two-minute silence fell across the county and crowds gathered to pay their respects at war memorials.

NEVER FORGET: Geoffrey Woods at a First World War exhibition at All Saints Church, Higher Walton

NEVER FORGET: Geoffrey Woods at a First World War exhibition at All Saints Church, Higher Walton

In Penwortham, a special service was carried out to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, which saw a time capsule from 1921 reburied next to one from 2014.

Artefacts from 1921 - when the memorial was built - including a list of all 433 soldiers from the town who took part in the First World War, have been restored and on display since July.

The new capsule contains photographs, an LEP article on the memorial, information on the town council and a history of the memorial.

Ron Drakeford, chairman of the Friends of Penwortham War Memorial said: “This is an important part of our Remembrance.

“It’s been very moving to hear people’s tales about their grandfathers and great-grandfathers who are on the 1921 parchments, and we are now in the process of contacting families to build up information on the soldiers. We hope the new capsule will be as intesting to people who open that in 100 years time.”

Elsewhere, more than 300 from Barton, Myerscough and Bilsborrow turned out for a Remembrance Service at the local war memorial yesterday, led by the High Sheriff, local resident and vet, Barry Johnson.

In Clayton-le_Woods, children from Manor Road School held a Remembrance Day Tea Dance.

Members of the Women’s Institute and over 55s club were entertained with songs and dances from the Second World War era and were served with refreshments made by the pupils.

Scores also turned out for a short service at the recently refurbished war memorial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, led by Father Jonathan Cotton, the Parish Priest of St Mary’s.