Published Thursday 12 November 2015 at 15:40
The leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council has thanked community groups and volunteers who supported the borough’s Remembrance week events.
A number of community groups and volunteers helped out on Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day in both Blackburn and Darwen.
Groups included the Couch to 5k runners from Witton Park who helped marshal the parade from Blackburn Town Hall to Corporation Park at the Blackburn Remembrance Sunday service.
The West End Girls (WEGs), part of One Voice, supported the Friends of Corporation Park to tidy up the area around the war memorial and other jobs.
The leader, Councillor Mohammed Khan, also wanted to thank Stuart Shore, of Darwen, who has provided two giant metal poppies which will now be displayed annually on Blackburn Town Hall and Darwen Market.
Councillor Khan said:
I want to thank all community groups and individuals who helped out during the borough’s Remembrance week events. I am very grateful for everything they did to make the events run smoothly.”
Zaffer Khan, from One Voice, said:
One Voice Blackburn and its various voluntary groups are delighted to have assisted in the Remembrance Sunday events. This is one of the Borough’s most important civic engagements and it is vital that all sections of the Blackburn and Darwen communities gather to pay their respects to those that have served us, and continuing to serve. It is also a reminder to us all of the devastating effects of war. The young members of One Voice Blackburn were especially humbled to have taken part in such a memorable and insightful commemoration.”
Rick Wilson, founder member of the Couch to 5k Witton Park, said:
We were delighted to help out at such an important occasion. It’s important that informal community volunteer groups, such as ours, work to support the council and it’s equally important that this support is reciprocated”.