Bishop to give blessing for memorial to fallen

Bishop to give blessing for memorial to fallen

The Recycled Wrens dance troupe entertained during the event

Beverly Ashburner and Trisha Taylor with Scott Knowles of the Great War Society

Ann Melling, left, who created the display boards, shows Trisha Taylor the poppy craft made by the residents of Longshaw House

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

BLACKBURN Cathedral’s reconstructed First World War memorial honouring 72 fallen Lancashire soldiers will be re-dedicated at a special ceremony on Sunday.

The service, on the eve of the centenary of the start of the conflict, will see the ornate monument blessed by the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson.

Bishop Henderson said: “This is a solemn and important event for the Diocese of Blackburn and County of Lancashire as we remember the events which led to the tragedy of the First World War.

“We will think of those many servicemen and women who left our towns and villages for the fields of France, so many of whom did not return.”

Cathedral Canon Andrew Hindley said the memorial was placed in the then Blackburn Parish Church in November 1920.

He said: “Sadly it was dismantled in 1965 when the cathedral was undergoing massive internal changes.

“Much of the frame and carvings were lost. Only the four bronze panels bearing the names of the fallen and five wood carvings of angels survived.

“We discovered photographs from the Lancashire Telegraph and, although no drawings survived, we then explored remaking the memorial.”

The restoration was put in the hands of a Blackburn’s Cooper Bespoke Joinery.

Canon Hindley said the obelisk, moved from the former St Michael and All Angels’ Church, in Bastwell in the 1980s, had been put into storage before renovation.

He added: “We hope to rededicate it when the new Cathedral grounds are completed in 2015 with the full restored list of names. It will have a prominent place in the new public realm.”

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7:33am Sat 2 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Yet another memorial that glorifies war.
You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it.
As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars.
Move on will you.
Yet another memorial that glorifies war. You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it. As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars. Move on will you. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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7:46am Sat 2 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Yet another memorial that glorifies war.
You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it.
As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars.
Move on will you.
Best pay close attention, folks - the orifice has spoken!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Yet another memorial that glorifies war. You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it. As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars. Move on will you.[/p][/quote]Best pay close attention, folks - the orifice has spoken! Oldmanofthemountains
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9:50am Sat 2 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Yet another memorial that glorifies war.
You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it.
As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars.
Move on will you.
Remembering the 800 000 young men and women serving in the armed forces who were killed in the First World War does not glorify way. Forgetting them allows those who want to argue that war is somehow glorious some space for their arguments.

Each one of those 72 remembered was a real person with hopes and dreams for their future and then no future. If they were lucky they may have died quickly, but they may have lain on the battlefield for hours slowly dying in agony. Or choked to death by poison gas. Or suffocated when a trench collapsed.

Remember the deaths of those 72 young people from our area - out of millions around the world - this week. Remember them when some modern politicians want to pretend that the First World War was somehow glorious and something to be proud of. They died because countries failed to resolve their differences peacefully.

Lest we forget.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Yet another memorial that glorifies war. You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it. As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars. Move on will you.[/p][/quote]Remembering the 800 000 young men and women serving in the armed forces who were killed in the First World War does not glorify way. Forgetting them allows those who want to argue that war is somehow glorious some space for their arguments. Each one of those 72 remembered was a real person with hopes and dreams for their future and then no future. If they were lucky they may have died quickly, but they may have lain on the battlefield for hours slowly dying in agony. Or choked to death by poison gas. Or suffocated when a trench collapsed. Remember the deaths of those 72 young people from our area - out of millions around the world - this week. Remember them when some modern politicians want to pretend that the First World War was somehow glorious and something to be proud of. They died because countries failed to resolve their differences peacefully. Lest we forget. Excluded again
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9:22am Sun 3 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Yet another memorial that glorifies war.
You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it.
As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars.
Move on will you.
I wonder if YOU will have a memorial once your filthy carcass has departed this world?
......I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Yet another memorial that glorifies war. You do realize that events like this not only glorifies war but it also gives justification to it. As long as events like this go ahead we will always be involved in wars. Move on will you.[/p][/quote]I wonder if YOU will have a memorial once your filthy carcass has departed this world? ......I don't think so. The Seagull has landed
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