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Accrington pays tribute to its fallen heroes

A Lancashire town came to a standstill today as thousands turned out to remember the legendary Accrington Pals.

On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, when the Pals' suffered huge losses, the streets were packed as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the town in memory of the Pals.

And in true Lancastrian fashion it wasn't a sombre affair as Paul Crone reports.

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Gallery: Accrington honours its heroes of the Armed Forces

Service as Accrington honours soldiers past and present. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Crowds gather ahead of the parade. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Hundreds have gathered for today's events. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
1 Lancs parade through Accrington. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Duke of Lancaster's marching band. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News

Soldiers parade in honour of Accrington Pals

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will march through Accrington today.

The regiment, known as the lions of England, will pay tribute to the Pals - who suffered significant losses on this day in 1916, at the start of the Battle of the Somme.

It's also eight years today that the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was formed.

The history of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment importantly includes the Accrington Pals so it is fitting that they have chosen this the centenary year of the outbreak of the first World War to exercise the Freedom of the Borough.

"The Regiment already has the Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn and we want to demonstrate our pride and thanks to our soldiers who risk their lives both at home and abroad to serve our country.

"The parade will give the people of Hyndburn the opportunity to show their appreciation on behalf of the Borough for their gallant and courageous service."

– Leader of the Council, Cllr Miles Parkinson

It is a tremendous honour for the Regiment and its soldiers to exercise the Freedom of Hyndburn, and it is fitting that we will do so in the home town of the Accrington Pals on the anniversary of their great sacrifice.

"Parades such as this give us an opportunity to publicly express our gratitude to the communities our soldiers come from."

– Colonel Chris Owen, of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The annual Accrington Pals Memorial service at the Pals Memorial on Church St Accrington will also take place on July 1 at 11.30am.

The time of the march and the parade route are available on the Council's website.

Teen dies after falling from car park in Accrington

Arndale Shopping Centre in Accrington Credit: Google

A teenage girl has died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Accrington.

Police were called to the Accrington Arndale in Union Street at around 10.30am after receiving reports of a ‘young female’ on the top of the car park.

Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed that the woman had fallen and it was confirmed that she had died.

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Lancashire marathon legend Ron Hill ready to run on the street named after him

Marathon legend Ron Hill Credit: ITV Granada

A road in the Lancashire town of Accrington is to be named after one of its most famous sons - the marathon runner Ron Hill.

Ron is in his home town today to officially open Ron Hill Way - part of a £55m regeneration project in Accrington.

Accrington has every reason to be proud of MBE Ron:

He was the first Brit to win the Boston Marathon;

He was also only the second man in the world to break 2 hours 10 mins in the marathon;

He won gold medals for England in the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the European Championshipswas born in Accrington in 1938;

Now 75, Ron is in his 50th year of a running streak having run at least a mile a day, without missing a single day, since December 1964.

Street to be named after running hero

Ron Hill has run at least a mile every day since December 1964 Credit: ITV Granada

A street being built as part of a £55m regeneration scheme in Accrington, is to be named after one of the town's most famous sons.

Hyndburn Borough Council has announced plans for a new housing development in Accrington.

And one of the new streets will be named Ron Hill Way.

Hill was the 2nd man ever to run a marathon in 2 hours 10 minutes Credit: Ron Hill

Hill, a former Olympian, won gold medals for England in the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the European Championships and was born in Accrington in 1938.

He's now in his 50th year of a running streak having run at least a mile every single day since December 1964.

Cash in transit van robbed in Accrington

Police are appealing for information after cash-in-transit van was robbery in Accrington

Shortly after midday on Thursday 17 April, three masked men with weapons robbed the security guards as they were refilling the cash machine on Whalley Road, Accrington.

The offenders then fled the scene with a substantial amount of money in a black Peugeot 3008, which was later found abandoned at the rear of Queens Road West, Accrington.

A number of witnesses have already come forward to assist us in our investigation. However, we would appeal for anyone else who may have witnessed the incident to also please come forward.

We are particularly interested if anyone saw a black Peugeot 3008 or any other vehicles acting suspiciously around Whalley Road or Queens Road West leading up to the offence last Thursday.”

– DS Ian Procter
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