Remebrance Day 2012

Friends of Darwen Cemetery have once again held their Services of Remembrance.
On Friday 9th November the Friends of Darwen Cemetery held, what is fast becoming, their annual Service of Remembrance.

Over eighty pupils fron ten local primary schools and students from Darwen Vale and DACA attended the service to mark the sacrifice made by the fallen  soldiers.

Officiated by Rev Terry Young and attended by the Dept Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Steven Davies, MP Jake Berry, Veteran Richard Westhead and Alf Davy a Second World War – Prisoner of War , who all placed wreaths on the Cross of Sacrifice followed by a two minute silence.

Following the service the pupils toured the cemetery with the visiting dignitaries and placed poppies on each of the Commonwealth War graves.

One pupil from St Barnabas said to Richard Westhead – “It has been a pleasure to meet you sir” and warmly shook his hand.

A Sudell Primary school pupil said, “It was an interesting service and I am glad I could be part of it.”

The service was repeated on Sunday 11th November where once again St Joseph’s Scouts attended the service but were this year joined by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the Whitehall Packs.

The services followed the same format as the Friday service.

This was followed by the scout groups visiting each of the war graves they sponsor and lowering their flags as a mark of respect.

The Friends of Darwen Cemetery would like to thank all those who
attended the service as well as the volunteers who helped make the service such a success.

FODC December 2012