Local people are invited to a service commemorating the 102nd  anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, in memory and tribute to the Accrington Pals and the sacrifice of all those who fell in the Great War.

The service will be held at St James Church Accrington at 11:00am on Sunday 1st July. Wreaths will be laid at the Accrington Pals Memorial, Church Street Gardens.

Over one hundred years ago on 1st July 1916, at 7.30am on that fateful first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 11th (Service) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington), or as we know them, the Accrington Pals, went ‘over the top’, walking into No Man’s Land under the cover of artillery and mortar fire.

The Pals suffered severe losses and over 600 casualties, leaving the community back home shattered and hardly anyone untouched, with so many losing husbands, sons, brothers, uncles, friends and neighbours.

The Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub said; “I hope you will join us at the annual Somme Commemoration Service to mark the anniversary of the Accrington Pals’ devastating losses and the sacrifice of all those who fell in the Great War.”