A round-up of the services from around the region as Towns and villages remember the men and women who gave their lives in battle.
A POIGNANT service was attended by thousands of people on Remembrance Day in Blackpool.
Veterans, serving members of the Armed Forces, councillors, cadets and families lined every space they could find to pay their respects to those lost in war.
Wreaths were placed on the town’s war memorial and 11 doves were released by Ray Shaw, a veteran of the Second World War campaign in Burma.
Ian Coleman, chairman of Blackpool’s Royal British Legion branch, said: “The day was absolutely fantastic, and the number of people there to watch the service and parade was incredible. There were so many youngsters there, and it shows they are beginning to learn about the debt we owe to our service personnel, past and present.”
The service was also attended by Blackpool’s Territorial Army squadron, which returned from a tour to Afghanistan in April.
Maj Alistair Bond, of C SQN, 208 Liverpool Field Hospital, based in Yeadon Way, Blackpool, said: “It was a brilliant day and fantastic to parade as a squadron in Blackpool, because 12 months ago we were in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
“At this time of year it is always quite poignant, but for a lot of us it’s extra special because we can empathise with our colleagues overseas.
“We try to deliver an NHS standard of care on foreign shores, and it was an honour and a privilege to nurse and look after our wounded colleagues,
“A third of my family live in Blackpool, and I had both my parents, a cousin, a second cousin and two third cousins watching, and it was nice for them to see me taking the salute at the town hall.
“There was 20 of us at the service and it was all about remembering the people I served with in Afghanistan.”
Veteran tells of pride in Armed Forces
A MOVING service and parade to remember the servicemen and women of Fleetwood was attended by hundreds of residents, soldiers and cadets.
The fire service, coastguard, councillors and the town’s MP also laid wreaths to show their respect to the heroes who have lost their lives at war.
Eddie Holt, 89, of Pharos Street, Fleetwood, was a prisoner in Germany during the Second World War and took part in the parade.
He said: “We are all happy to come out and show our respect because it’s a great occasion.
“I’m still proud of all the troops serving today, and this is a superb day for everyone involved in the forces.”
Glenys Lee, 60, of Galloway Road, Fleetwood, attended the service to pay her respects to her uncle John Bunnell, who is named on the cenotaph in the town’s Memorial Gardens.
She said: “I started coming here as a child because my uncle is named on the cenotaph, so it’s important for me to be here.”
Wreaths were laid by Don Lawrenson, the mayor of Wyre, Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood and by members of the ex-servicemen and women association and the armed forces.
Widow remembers her fallen hero
HUNDREDS of grateful residents joined serving soldiers and youngsters to remember the fallen in St Annes and Lytham.
Ashton Gardens in St Annes hosted the poignant service, as a squad from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, recently returned from Afghanistan, laid wreaths with Fylde councillors.
The family of St Annes soldier Sgt Nigel Coupe, who died in Afghanistan, also placed a wreath on the memorial.
Spencer Leader, president of St Annes Royal British Legion, said: “The parade went extremely well and it was a brilliant turnout.
“The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and the widow of Sgt Coupe joined us on parade, and they laid wreaths for him.
“The support is stronger than ever because of the action in Afghanistan, and there were a lot of families there, because it’s important for them to remember.”
Crowds also paid their respects in Lytham.
A parade left Lytham Assembly Rooms, arriving at the war memorial in time for a two-minute silence to be observed.
Kirkham honours town’s warriors
CROWDS gathered in Kirkham to show their respects to their local heroes.
Veterans, councillors, cadets and special guests marched through the town to remember the men and women who lost their lives since the beginning of the First World War in 1914.
The parade, which included Fylde MP Mark Menzies, took the marches through Poulton Street and Church Street, before they gathered at the Memorial Garden to acknowledge the graves of the fallen, and then take part in a moving ceremony at the town’s war memorial.
Villages pay tribute
FALLEN heroes were remembered during two emotional tributes in Wyre.
Residents who attended services in Poulton and Preesall were joined by the mayor Don Lawrenson, Coun Peter Gibson, the leader of Wyre council, and Kayley White, the authority’s young mayor.
The parade in Poulton, which involved past and present members of the Armed Forces, marched from the Old Town Hall to the war memorial in Market Place, followed by a service at the Parish Church of St Chad.
Families and youngsters were joined by the town’s veterans, as wreaths were laid from more than 20 groups.
School’s service for fallen heroes
Fleetwood’s Rossall School marked the occasion when the whole school joined together to remember fallen heroes.
During the service at the school’s square, they were joined by the drum major from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment, based in Weeton, along with his bugle player, who sounded the beginning and end to a minute’s silence.
School captains Ben Coulburn and Savannah Burney laid wreaths on behalf of the School and international students respectively, followed by Tom Cope, who laid a wreath in remembrance of Old Rossallian’s, while Nadim Challah laid a wreath for the Combined Cadet Force.