Remembrance Day - Together We Will Remember Them
Burnley Football Club and Burnley FC in the Community invited local veterans and service personnel to the first team training complex at Gawthorpe to take part in a media event surrounding the joint 100 year anniversaries of Remembrance Day and Burnley Football Club wining the FA Cup. Upon arrival at the training ground, the visitors were greeted by first team manager Sean Dyche, and taken into the players’ lounge to join the first team for lunch.
The players were given the opportunity to interact with individuals that do not often have the chance to attend games at Turf Moor.
Whilst at the facility, both first team manager and players then took part in a photo opportunity that involved 91 year old Jim Bates, one of the last remaining veterans to be involved in the Arctic Convoy’s during World War 2.
Jim who attended the event at Gawthorpe was served lunch by first team player, George Boyd.
“It was a great opportunity to interact with Jim and share in his experience when meeting the players. The players showed real interest in all of the veterans in attendance, listening to them and putting them at ease. Not one of our visitors had to leave their seats for refreshments. They were made to feel welcome and it was incredible to observe.”
Paul Morgan, Military Liaison Officer
Supporters from both Hull City and Burnley were given the chance to pay their respects to the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in past and present conflicts. All sections of Turf Moor held a minutes silence ahead of the 3pm kick-off and opportunities were present around the ground to donate to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy
Appeal. At the fixture, the Duke of Lancaster Regiment provided the guard of honour, with 30 soldiers present as the players entered the pitch.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Burnley FC in the Community:
“To see the military personnel on the pitch with our players was overwhelming particularly as this was also a time to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for our future. These men and women had taken the time to attend the game to represent soldiers and military staff all over the world.”
A plaque was presented to the Club by serving soldiers of the Military Police, outlining the six players who fell during The Great War. The plaque was accepted by co-chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick during half time at the Hull City fixture.
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