Day fit for heroes

Day fit for heroes

Day fit for heroes

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DOZENS of people marched through the streets of Colne this weekend to honour the lives lost in the First World War.

Veterans, cadets, four borough mayors and their consorts, councillors, members of the clergy, people honouring family members they lost in conflicts and others paying their respects followed Accrington Pipe Band from the town’s British Legion to the cenotaph on Saturday.

The parade was just one of more than a dozen events taking place across East Lancashire to mark today’s centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Of the nine million men and women who served with the British Armed Forces during the conflict around one million were killed and almost every community was affected.

Of those who did survive, many were badly injured and faced the almost impossible task of returning to everyday life. Many were unable to work and struggled to support their families.

Despite the rain and microphone problems, people commemorating the centenary of the start of the war listened rapt to 13-year-old Edward Cockburn-Price’s reading of wartime poem For The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon.

Following The Lord’s Prayer, families took part in activities that brought to life the reality of the experience of those who went to fight.

At The Gables in the old library, Burnley College student and Pendle Youth Choir member Georgina Parker, 17, inspired men and women to ‘join up’ with her operatic renditions of Rule Britannia and Goodbye-ee (Brother Bertie Went Away).

Implored by Rev Nigel Lister (real-life Colne accountant David Cockburn-Price and Edward’s father) to do theirduty to king and country, teams of giddily nervous participants of all ages pledged to fight for the Empire.

 

Burnley and Pendle Citizen:

 

After filling in photocopied versions of Great War recruitment forms in the church building in Keighley Road, groups filed outside, for a grilling from ‘Drill Sergeant Meredith’.

Standing to attention, willing recruits were reprimanded by the fearsome disciplinarian before being marched to Pendle Hippodrome’s no man’s land.

Replete with disorienting flashes, gusts of atmospheric smoke, sandbags, corrugated iron and barbed wire, the set went some way to recreate the sensory experience of the war.

The set, created in two weeks by playhouse volunteers, featured nurses manning the casualty clearing centre – organiser Eleanor Jolly and her two daughters in full character, who soothed ailments of recruits.

Elsewhere, there was a children’s craft tent, an historic photographer’s studio, clog dancing, brass band performances, archive film footage at the Little Theatre, and more.

Chris Hartley, a 40-year-old musician from Dudley Street, Colne, said: “The day was all about paying respects to people who’ve given their lives for the community. For me, it’s about educating my son James, who’s eight.

 

Burnley and Pendle Citizen:

 

“Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War and it’s important to remember.”

Chris’ mum, Ann, said: “The town council has done a really good job of organising the commemoration, it’s brilliant. But I don’t think there's been a good enough turnout today. More people should be out paying their respects.”

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1:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -18

1:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
There's that b***y toilet, again!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]There's that b***y toilet, again! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 2

2:42pm Mon 4 Aug 14

kenbro says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
No one cares what is in your negative mind mate. These folks are commemorating a tragic war. They are not morons, but have a far more positive view of life than you will ever have.
Your continual bitter comments indicate that you may be the one with mental problems.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]No one cares what is in your negative mind mate. These folks are commemorating a tragic war. They are not morons, but have a far more positive view of life than you will ever have. Your continual bitter comments indicate that you may be the one with mental problems. kenbro
  • Score: 9

2:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

gillbacup says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person. gillbacup
  • Score: 16

3:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Peace-man says...

2 for 5p? Is that the price you paid for your 2 brain cells?
2 for 5p? Is that the price you paid for your 2 brain cells? Peace-man
  • Score: 12

3:10pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

gillbacup wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person.
Sadly, I don't think there's a cure for it, except, perhaps, a bullet through the brain, and that's assuming he's got one.
[quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person.[/p][/quote]Sadly, I don't think there's a cure for it, except, perhaps, a bullet through the brain, and that's assuming he's got one. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 6

4:42pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Colne says...

Nothing on Saturday glorified war the trench, casualty clearing station, film archive and other exhibits showed some of the horror of war.
The intention was to try a recreate some of the atmosphere in the town when war was declared and many went willingly to enlist in the firm belief that "it would be all over by Christmas". Which as we now know was far from the truth.
Nothing on Saturday glorified war the trench, casualty clearing station, film archive and other exhibits showed some of the horror of war. The intention was to try a recreate some of the atmosphere in the town when war was declared and many went willingly to enlist in the firm belief that "it would be all over by Christmas". Which as we now know was far from the truth. Colne
  • Score: 14

6:01pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Dave from Colne says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
Why do you keep posting on hear when all you do is write drivel, you should have some respect!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]Why do you keep posting on hear when all you do is write drivel, you should have some respect! Dave from Colne
  • Score: 7

10:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
Do you have anything in your head to class as a mind?

It's okay everyone, as soon as there's a story about the fire and rescue service he'll back backbone trolling that.

He was abused as a child....and a teenager.....and an adult.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]Do you have anything in your head to class as a mind? It's okay everyone, as soon as there's a story about the fire and rescue service he'll back backbone trolling that. He was abused as a child....and a teenager.....and an adult. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

10:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
gillbacup wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed .
Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.
If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person.
Sadly, I don't think there's a cure for it, except, perhaps, a bullet through the brain, and that's assuming he's got one.
Amen to that brother!
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: ,I can't make my mind up. These people are either totally sad, or they are mentally disturbed . Just move on you moronic bunch, stop glorifying wars.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for this ' moronic bunch' you half witted person YOU wouldn't have the freedom you have to write such nasty drivel on these web sites. We should never forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who fought so that we can have the freedom we have today. So go and find another site to troll on you nasty person.[/p][/quote]Sadly, I don't think there's a cure for it, except, perhaps, a bullet through the brain, and that's assuming he's got one.[/p][/quote]Amen to that brother! The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Noiticer says...

I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!!
I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!! Noiticer
  • Score: 3

1:06am Tue 5 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Noiticer wrote:
I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!!
Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!![/p][/quote]Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 3

6:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Noiticer wrote:
I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!!
Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre.
How did you manage to be in 2 places at once.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!![/p][/quote]Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre.[/p][/quote]How did you manage to be in 2 places at once. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

10:13am Tue 5 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Noiticer wrote:
I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!!
Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre.
How did you manage to be in 2 places at once.
I would explain, but I don't know enough words with only one syllable.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: I woner if 'oldmanofthe mountain' appreciates the irony in his comment on the day WW1 broke out. We've had enough of idiots firing bullets - that's the point!!![/p][/quote]Of course I realize the "irony" in all this, but when we are confronted by a total imbecile like "he who cannot be named", it's very difficult not to respond with an absolutely cutting, if not downright sarcastic reply. Apologies for any offence I may have caused, but I was present at two commemerative events tonight, at Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen town centre.[/p][/quote]How did you manage to be in 2 places at once.[/p][/quote]I would explain, but I don't know enough words with only one syllable. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 3

10:25am Tue 5 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

PS 2 for 5p - SIMPLES - I'm a Time Lord.
PS 2 for 5p - SIMPLES - I'm a Time Lord. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 2

9:11am Thu 7 Aug 14

watergirl says...

It was a wonderful event which it seems everyone enjoyed. Well done to the organisers
It was a wonderful event which it seems everyone enjoyed. Well done to the organisers watergirl
  • Score: 0

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