A series of events are being held in Blackburn this month to mark the 100 year anniversary of Battle of the Somme and our Townscape Heritage project is proud to be playing its part.
The centrepiece of the programme is the Everyman Remembered statue that has been installed on King William Street. Blackburn is the first town to host the statue following its time in London and Cardiff and will be in situ until 11th July 2016.
On Friday 1st July, a two minute silence was observed on the steps of Blackburn Town Hall at 07.28 am to mark the moment that many men went over the top 100 years ago at the Battle of the Somme.
A special service at Blackburn Cathedral took place on 3rd July followed by a parade by the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment through the town centre.
Schools, community groups and businesses have been involved in marking the battle, which started on July 1 and ended 141 days later.
Our Townscape Heritage hoardings on Blakey Moor are currently playing host to artworks created by local school children to help commemoration the 420,000 British, 195,000 French, and 650,000 German soldiers who died.
Events will continue until 13th July, see www.VisitBlackburn.co.uk for details.