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Little Children Weak

Burnley Council has received £33,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

The project, entitled ‘Little Children Weak’*, will take place between 2014 - 2018 and include a range of commemorative activities in Burnley and Padiham.

From June, over 4,000 small wooden crosses will be laid in Towneley Park, Burnley and Memorial Park, Padiham. They represent the 4,212 local men and one local woman who lost their lives during the conflict. Each cross will bear a soldiers name.

The ambitious project will work closely with local schools, residents and volunteers to ensure that their legacy will live on long into the future.

From February onwards, various commemorative planting displays, including one in the shape of the East Lancashire regimental badge, will be created in and around Townley Park and Hall.  

Other aspects of the project include:

  • Two exhibitions at Towneley Hall: one telling ‘100 Stories’ will take place in the summer and the other, based around local ‘war memorials will be in November.
  • To coincide with the exhibition there will be a book and DVD of ‘100 stories’ These will feature the stories of local people about their wartime experiences and information from local historians and experts. A children’s book will be published in the same style.
  • The restoration of a memorial banner which has been at Towneley since 1921.
  • The production of a new roll of honour
  • Short plays by Burnley Youth Theatre
  • A series of guided historic walks and talks around the town
  • Interviewing descendants of local war veterans
  • A procession through Towneley Park on Monday August 4th to coincide with the time that the outbreak of war was announced.  

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