The North West Remembers

The Army’s North West Headquarters Festival of Remembrance returned following last year’s Covid cancellation.

The event, at Blackburn Cathedral, saw performances by the Duke of Lancaster's Band and the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir interspersed with reflective film footage.

Films highlighted the work of the Armed Forces in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their role in evacuating British nationals and eligible Afghans following the Taliban offensive this summer, as well as the veterans of Broughton House in Greater Manchester sharing their experiences.

Additionally, The Lamps are Going Out, a creative arts project exploring the stories and contributions of service animals awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for Gallantry were showcased.

A commemorative service was led by the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, supported by Army HQ North West chaplain Padre David Anderson, incorporating the Drumhead Service.

Commander Headquarters North West, Colonel Russ Miller OBE, said: “We are delighted to be able to hold the Festival of Remembrance again.

"After what our communities have been through during the pandemic, it is special to be able to come together once more to remember the sacrifices of our service people, pay tribute to the valuable contribution of families and the emergency services and reflect on the innocent civilians who lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.”