Loved ones remembered at annual memorial event

Published Monday 5 June 2017 at 11:01

People gathered in Blackburn yesterday to remember loved ones at an annual memorial event.

The ‘Let Us Remember’ annual event saw residents who have lost a loved one, coming together to pay their respects and honour their lives.

The function, held in Corporation Park, was especially poignant this year in light of the recent tragic bombing in Manchester and Saturday’s attack in London.

Supported by Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum and Blackburn with Darwen Council, the memorial was founded by Blackburn coroner of 18 years, Michael Singleton, who is due to retire this year.

Around 100 people attended the emotional service where people were invited to plant a plaque with a tribute for their loved one. A tree was also be dedicated as a mark of remembrance.

Niamh Waterfield from ReAct Academy of Theatre Arts read out a moving verse, We Remember Him, We Remember Her.

When we are weary and in need of strength, When we are lost and sick at heart, We remember them.

When we have a joy we crave to share,

When we have decisions that are difficult to make, When we have achievements that are based on theirs, We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, We remember them.

At the rising of the sun and at its setting, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live

For they are now a part of us,

As we remember them.

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