Remembrance Day Services

Remembrance Day Services

Where you can take part in community Remembrance Day Services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in November 2019

Remembrance Day Services in WYRE

Wyre will commemorate the brave men and women who have fallen while serving their country, with a programme of remembrance events across the borough.

Cenotaph and War Memorial at Fleetwood Memorial Park, Remembrance Day Services
Cenotaph and War Memorial at Fleetwood Memorial Park

On Saturday 9 November, the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Ann Turner is hosting the Northern Festival of Remembrance at Marine Hall, Fleetwood, with all proceeds to be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Remembrance Day Services taking place across the borough of Wyre:

Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough
Monday 11 November 2019
Assemble at 10.20am for ceremony at the war memorial, Bilsborrow.

Sunday 10 November 2019
Assemble at Kings Own Club at 10.00am or alternatively the full parade at Warrenhurst Road at 10.30am for ceremony in Memorial Park.

Sunday 10 November 2019
Assemble at 9.20am at the high street car park. Service in St Thomas’ Church at 10.45am followed by ceremony at the war memorial.

Sunday 10 November 2019
Assemble at the Old Town Hall at 10.45am for ceremony at the War Memorial in the Market Place followed by a service at the Parish Church of St Chad.

Sunday 10 November 2019
Service in St Oswald’s Church, Lancaster Road, Preesall at 10.00am. Procession to assemble after the Service at 10.45am for wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial. (Please note the earlier start time).

Thornton Cleveleys
Sunday 10 November 2019
Assemble at Thornton Little Theatre at 10.30am for ceremony at the cenotaph, Four Lane Ends.

Free parking is usually available between 8am and 2pm for the Remembrance Sunday services at the following car parks:
– Garstang – High Street
– Fleetwood – Albert Street and Custom House Lane
– Poulton – Hardhorn Road

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Remembrance Day Service in BLACKPOOL

Blackpool will pay its respects at the annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday 10 November 2019 at Blackpool’s Cenotaph at 10.55am.

Blackpool Cenotaph and War Memorial, Remembrance Day Services
Blackpool Cenotaph and War Memorial

There will be the two minutes silence, a service and wreath laying ceremony in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country followed by a parade.

Timings for Remembrance Day in Blackpool

10.00am-10.30am – Parade contingents gather
10.40am – Civic procession from the Town Hall to the Cenotaph
10.45am –Music by the Salvation Army and The Band of the King’s Division
10.55am – Service commences
11.00am –  Two minute silence
11.05am – Wreath laying by civic party, dignitaries, and parading contingents only
11.30am – Service end and parade forms up
1145am – Parade begins led by The Band of the King’s Division
12.15am – Parade ends

The above timing are approximate and may differ slightly on the day.
Anyone wishing to lay a personal wreath, may do so at the War Memorial once the service has ended.

Remembrance Day Services in FYLDE

Citizens and former service personnel will pay their respects at Remembrance Day Services across Fylde on Sunday 10 November 2019.

War Memorial in Lytham Memorial Garden, Remembrance Day Services
War Memorial in Lytham Memorial Garden

Arrangements for this year’s Remembrance Day Services are as follows:

St Annes – assemble at the pier car-park, North Promenade, St Annes at 10.30am and proceed (route St Annes Road West and Clifton Drive North, returning via Garden Street and St Annes Road West) to the memorial at 10.38am.

Lytham – assemble at the Assembly Rooms at 10.30am. Procession to move off at 10.45am to the war memorial via Dicconson Terrace, Henry Street and Queen Street (returning by reverse route).

Kirkham – assemble at 1.30pm at Orders Lane. Up Poulton Street, left into Church Street, on to the Memorial Garden, pause at the cemetery to acknowledge the graves of the fallen, and on to the cenotaph for service at 2pm. Leave via Barnfield, Station Road, Poulton Street, Mill Street, to the community centre.

Wesham – assemble at the war memorial approximately 10.30am for parade around town and return to war memorial for service which will start at approximately 10.50am.

Staining – service this year takes place at 12.45pm at the Memorial in Jubilee Gardens. The service will be preceded as in previous years with a Service in St Luke’s Church starting at 11.30am followed by a procession leaving Church at 12.30pm to the Memorial in Jubilee Gardens.

Civic parties will include councillors, police, the Royal British Legion, former servicemen and women, the Royal Air Force Association, the Army Cadets, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Air Training Corps, Scouts and Guides, the Armed Forces, officiating clergy, Justices of the Peace, Fire Service, and the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.

In the Fields of Flanders

Wearing their red poppies as they stand with heads bowed, those at the cenotaphs this Sunday will be thinking of the lives lost in war.

Fylde Coast Remembrance Day Services
Fylde Coast Remembrance Day Services

Remembrance Sunday is always the second Sunday in November. It commemorates the contribution of Commonwealth men and women – both military and civilian – who lost their lives in 2 world wars and numerous other conflicts that have taken place since, including those continuing to this day.

The red poppies we wear signify the poppies that grew over the graves of those who died in the worst fighting of WW1 which took place in the fields of Flanders. This was recorded in probably the best known and most often cited of war poems, ‘In Flanders Fields’, by Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Armed Forces (below). McCrae was inspired to write the poem as he witnessed the death of his friend during the war.

We often refer to people having ‘given’ their lives in war and indeed many did. But others had no such intent when they became embroiled in the fighting. They did not give, they were denied their lives.

Armistice Day

Armistice is the term used to describe when warring factions agree to put down their arms against each other and stop fighting. Armistice Day was established and is celebrated by Commonwealth countries, to remember those who died in World War 1.

At 11:00 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 hostilities ended. However, the war wasn’t officially over until June 28th 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

In 1897, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. ‘Recessional’ (below) wasn’t the celebratory sound that everyone expected to hear at that time. It was a reminder of the perils of pride. Kipling’s work emphasised that imperial power would inevitably decline. The words we know from that work are the refrain – Lest We Forget.

The Night of Broken Glass

On the night of 09.11.1938, through to the morning of 10.11.38 an horrendous series of events took place in Germany and Austria. These events were inextricably linked with both WW1 and WW11. They are known as ‘Kristellnacht’ – the Night of Broken Glass.

Smarting from the loss of pride in their defeat of WW1, the German authorities sought to find a focus for their ill-humour. A gradual build-up of anti-semitic feeling placed blame for the economic difficulties they faced on the prospering Jewish population in Germany and annexed Austria. The Nazi party actively endorsed violent action against this substantial though minority group in their society. In a concerted and coordinated manner, synagogues and businesses owned by the Jewish community were systematically smashed. Broken glass littered the streets. It was the Night of Broken Glass.

But it wasn’t just glass that got broken. Families and communities were broken too. Lives were taken, not given. 91 Jewish people were killed on that night, which marked the beginning of the most horrendous phase of the Holocaust – The Final Solution – the systematic annihilation or mass murder, of 6 million European Jews.

  • I million children. 2 million women. 3 million men.
  • Lives taken, not given.
  • Lest we forget.

In Flanders Fields

by Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


by Rudyard Kipling

God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle-line—
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The captains and the kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

Far-call’d our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boasting as the Gentiles use
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard—
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Did you Know?

Reader Sarah sent us a link to a South African military history blog with an interesting post which explains the origins of the two minutes silence on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

The author, Peter Dickens, writes:

Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (11/11/11) or Remembrance Sunday has a South African origin?

The featured image taken in 1942 is a rare and unique one, it shows a South African serviceman and civilians stopping what they are doing in the middle of Cape Town and standing to attention for two minutes silence, signalled when the noon day gun was fired.  Not common today in Cape Town but a daily occurrence during war years.  So how did this unique practice become a worldwide standard for remembrance?

Funnily it all started in Cape Town too. Read on and learn a little why South Africans should stand proud of what they have given the world; when on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice day in November, the western world stands silent in remembrance for two minutes …

Read the full article here

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