Parishes of The Church of England in Lancashire have held services of Remembrance.
This year Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day fells on consecutive days and were saw commemorations taking place across the County.
Typical of this activity was the annual Remembrance Service at the Appley Bridge war memorial in the grounds of the village community centre on Appley Lane on Sunday morning (pictured) attended by more than 300 people.
On a beautiful morning, families joined uniformed organisations and the Police Force to pay tribute to all those from the village, and the entire country, who had sacrificed their lives for freedom.
The service was led by local ministers Fr Phillip Tuite from St Joseph’s RC Church, Wrightington; the Rev John Hilton from The Vale Methodist Church, and the Rev John Mountain and Reader Diane Green from All Saints’ Appley Bridge.
It included prayers, readings from the Bible, hymns, the last post, the laying of wreaths and the reading out of the names of the village’s war dead. A minute’s silence was immaculately observed at 11am.
Members of the Appley Bridge Community Association provided refreshments at the Village Hall after the service.
Ronnie Semley, November 2019