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West Lancashire to join national World War One centenary commemorations

West Lancashire people are invited to join thousands of people across the country in an extra event to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

At 7pm on Sunday 11 November a beacon will be lit at Beacon Country Park as West Lancashire Borough Council joins more than 370 other local authorities and 1,000 beacon sites across the country in this collective act of respect and recognition. Prior to the lighting of the beacons at 6.55pm the Last Post will be played across the country.

Following the lighting ceremony free refreshments will be available within Beacon Park’s Visitor Centre where a post armistice celebration feel will be fostered.

The beacon lighting event will come towards the end of Remembrance Sunday when West Lancashire will pay tribute to those brave people who have suffered or lost their lives serving their country.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and veteran of the armed forces, said “Come to this important event as West Lancashire joins others across the country to recognise the sacrifices made by people serving their country in World War One.

“Veterans’ organisations, the Borough Council, a number of Parish Councils and local churches are organising Remembrance Sunday Services as a sombre mark of respect, and these are of special significance this year with 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. While the lighting of the Beacon is another mark of recognition, the event will have a post armistice celebration feel to mark the end of hostilities in the Great War.”

Other tributes are being made to mark the centenary.

The Council has arranged for a piper’s tribute to play ‘When the Battle’s O’er’ in Coronation Park, Ormskirk at 6am to mark the time when the Armistice was signed 100 years before.

Remembrance Sunday Services will take place across the Borough and details of a number of these can be found at www.westlancs.gov.uk/remembrance. On another Council webpage www.westlancs.gov.uk/ww1 residents can find details of other tributes from the Council, churches and other groups.

Around the time of Remembrance Sunday the Clock Tower in Ormskirk and the Light Cube in Skelmersdale will be coloured red to show wider community respect for the commemorations.

The Council has bought three ‘Silent Soldier Silhouettes’ from the Royal British Legion, two of which have been placed at the war memorials in Skelmersdale and Burscough, and a third will be placed by the memorial in Ormskirk.

The Council has also worked with Up Holland Parish Council to re-gild the name plaques on Up Holland War Memorial. Planting has also taken place in Memorial gardens in Burscough, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale to help them look even better for the day itself.

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