11th heaven for Fylde boy

James Lawrenson is celebrating his 11th birthday on Armistice Day.
James Lawrenson is celebrating his 11th birthday on Armistice Day.
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FOR millions of people around the country, Armistice Day is the traditional time to pay your respects to our war dead.

But James Lawrenson, from Dockinsall Lane, Out Rawcliffe, will always also recall the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011 as the day he celebrated his 11th birthday.

And to coincide with the unique collision of dates, James has been chosen by his school to carry a flag during the Remembrance Day service at St Oswald Church, Preesall, this Sunday.

The Out Rawcliffe Primary School pupil told The Gazette: “I’m really proud to be doing this and really pleased I have been chosen.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“I think it’s going to be really good and I’m happy I can do this.


“It’s a special day and I know how significant it is.”

James’ association with the number 11 continues with his football team Blackpool Rangers where he has been given the number 11 shirt.

His mother Lisa Chilvers, 45, said: “It’s quite a special occasion and I have always thought his birthday is quite unusual.

“There’s not many people out there with a birthday on Armistice Day and for him to be 11 on the same day is even more quirky.

“All the schools in the area are going to be taking part in a service and he has been specially selected to take part because of his birthday.

“I think it’s great he has such an unusual birthday and we are all aware of how important this is.”

Miss Chilvers’ birthday was yesterday and once the emotive event is over on Sunday, James will be going to the cinema and having a party at home to celebrate his birthday.

The St Oswald Church Remembrance Day service begins at 8.30am on Sunday and is open for anyone to attend and pay their respects.

For more information call Rev Dawn Banks on (01253) 790250.