Remembrance events across Blackburn with Darwen 

Published Monday 6 November 2023 at 9:00

Services commemorating Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday will be held across the borough this weekend to remember those in our armed forces who have fallen in past and current wars. 

Remembrance Day is always marked as the 11th of November on the calendar as WW1 ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in accordance with the Armistice signed by The Allies and Germany in 1918. 

That date will fall on a Saturday this year, with Remembrance Sunday being the following day. Events will be held across Blackburn and Darwen over the weekend with a Remembrance Concert taking place at King George’s Hall on Thursday, November 9th. 

The Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Phil Riley, said:

It’s important that we join together on Remembrance Day to pay our respects to those who have served in the armed forces. It’s a time to reflect and remember those who have put their lives at risk and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and these Remembrance Events being held in the Borough will give our communities the chance to come together and mark the occasion.

Blackburn with Darwen Council will be holding Remembrance Services at the following locations: 

 Saturday 11th November 2023 

 Blackburn Town Hall – 11 am  

The two-minute silence will be marked by the firing of maroon rockets from the roof of the Town Hall building in Blackburn. 

 Darwen Market Square – 11 am 

The two-minute silence will be marked by the firing of maroon rockets from the roof of the Town Hall building in Darwen followed by a short service held outside the Town Hall followed by a wreath laying at the Boer War Memorial, Belgrave Square, Darwen. 

Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2023 

Blackburn Cathedral – 9.30 am 

United Service of Remembrance. Following this service, a parade will form on King William Street Moving at 10.25 am to the Corporation Park Gardens of Remembrance for a wreath laying service. 

A bus will be available from Blackburn Cathedral at 10.10 am to depart at 10.20 am. 

Service of Remembrance 

St Peter’s Church Darwen – 9 am 

Followed by a service and wreath laying at the War Memorial Bold Venture Park at 10.45 am.  A bus will be available from Darwen Bus Station at 10.10 am to depart at 10.20 am. 

Thursday 9th November 2023 

The Mayor’s Remembrance Concert – King George’s Hall – 6.30 pm 

School children from all over the borough, the Salvation Army Band and local cadets will join together for an evening of words and music. 

Tickets Adults are £4.00 and Children £1.00 

King George’s Hall, Box Office: 01254 582579 


For all ticketing enquiries: Book online or find out more info here.

Wreaths and poppies may be purchased from the Royal British Legion. 

Contact Neil Shorrock Poppy Appeal Organiser for Blackburn. 

Mobile: 07708945870 or email: 

Darwen Poppy Appeal: Mr S Potter Mobile: 07756 257484 or email:

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