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Clitheroe Youth Forum – Act of Remembrance

The road through the Trough of Bowland at Sykes Green fell silent on Saturday 19th September as the Clitheroe Youth Forum, under the leadership of Mel Diack MBE concluded their ‘We shall remember them’ project with a final Act of Remembrance for the 25 airmen killed in crashes in the Ribble Valley and Trough of Bowland during WWII and the Berlin airlift of 1949.

This comprehensive project researched these accidents uncovering details of some of the airmen who lost their lives, airmen from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Poland and Great Britain. Last letters home and photographs have surfaced giving an insight into the lives of those airmen who gave their lives in the service of their countries. Relatives of those who died have also been identified through social media and Service Organisations.

Full details are on the Remembrance site, but additional photographs are here. with thanks to Cliff Ball.

Members of the Clitheroe Youth Forum (CYF) read the Gathering

Members of the CYF places crosses at the Memorial boulder

The Memorial boulder with wreaths and crosses

All relatives with Mel Diack MBE