We Will Remember Them

The Black Dog at Oswaldtwistle will commemorate the Armistice Centenary with a stunning display of 1,100 poppies – one to honour each of the brave men who answered the call to join the Accrington Battalion.
The poppies will be displayed on the railings outside the pub, visible to all those who will be taking part in the Remembrance Sunday parade as it makes its way down Union Road.
Emma Kearney, who runs the pub with husband Colin Manford, said: “Everybody around here owes such a debt of gratitude to the Accrington Pals and we could not let the Centenary pass without paying our own tribute to them.
Three hundred of the Accrington Pals were from Oswaldtwistle and we have a list of their names which we intend to write on brown parcel tags and attach to a poppy to honour them.
“As not all those serving in the Accrington Pals were from the area, we are going to make more tags available and invite members of the community to honour their loved ones who have served in the armed forces, whatever the year and whatever the conflict.”
Anyone wanting to be part of the Black Dog’s display to remember someone lost in battle, can call into the pub from November 1 and write their tribute on a tag.
The pub has another reason to mark the Armistice, as they have been researching the history of previous landlords. James Halstead ran the pub during World War One and lost his son, Henry, in battle.