Fylde pays tribute to the war dead

Pictures:Bill Johnson.'Remembrance Day Service at Blackpool Cenotaph.
Pictures:Bill Johnson.'Remembrance Day Service at Blackpool Cenotaph.
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

On Sunday, the Fylde coast fell silent to remember the Armed Forces personnel who have died during conflict, as part of the annual Remembrance Day services.

Memorial events took place across the region, including in Blackpool, Fleetwood, Poulton, St Annes, Lytham and Kirkham, to remember those lost in battle.

Rev Dan Connolly, of St John’s Parish Church, led the service at a packed war memorial in Blackpool.

He said: “On this particular day we gather in humility and gratitude as we remember those who have lost their lives in times of conflict, and recall the sharpness and cost of conflict through the recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“But our remembrance is wider than this: for it is right to remember the part played by all the people of our nations and Commonwealth who have lived through any period of war, for they share the conviction that tyranny and oppression must not prevail.”

In Poulton, Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton’s name was added to the town’s war memorial, watched on by father Dave and brother Daniel.

The 21-year-old was one of three soldiers who died when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device inApril in Afghanistan.

Other services across the Fylde were well attended by servicemen and women and members of the public.