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.
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 Smith brothers Paul, Callum, Liam and Stephen have served up an incredible 15 victories in the boxing ring this year. Well now they've been dishing up another treat for more than 400 soldiers in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - Mike Hall reports from Weeton Barracks in Preston.
Liverpool's Smith brothers were amongst a group of North West boxers who helped serve up Christmas dinner to troops from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool.
Liverpool boxing stars the Smith brothers were amongst a group of North West boxers who have helped bring some festive cheer to local troops.
Liam, Stephen, Paul and Callum helped serve up Christmas dinner to soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool. The regiment has a strong tradition of boxing.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will parade through Burnley today to celebrate their return from Afghanistan.
4 hundred and 30 soldiers from the battalion arrived back from Helmand Province last month.
Colonel Chris Owen, Regimental Secretary of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said:
"As the Infantry Regiment of the North West of England we are immensely proud of the longstanding, close bonds we have with the region's communities.
We are particularly honoured that the 1st Battalion, on its return from Afghanistan, is able to parade through Burnley and say thank you for the tremendous support it received from the town whilst it was away."
Troops from one of the region's main army regiments deploy to Afghanistan today. Four hundred soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment leave their base near Blackpool for a six month tour of Helmand Province.