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Mayor to lead Preston Cenotaph re-dedication service

Posted on - 12th June, 2014 - 6:11pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Old Post Office building, behind the Cenotaph, will be a walk-in centre

The Cenotaph has undergone extensive renovation work in the last 18 months

Preston’s new mayor Nick Pomfret leads the re-dedication of the Preston Cenotaph on Friday.

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Councillor Pomfret will take on one of his first engagements since becoming mayor to lead the service.

The service takes place 88 years to the day since the war memorial was originally unveiled.

Councillor Pomfret said: “This is one of my first engagements as Mayor and is an honour to host such an important and very special occasion.

“The rededication service is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by Prestonians, not only throughout the First World War, but during the many conflicts around the world since 1918.

“A rallying cry goes out to serving personnel, Veterans and their families to attend and pay their respects to those whose lives have been lost in conflict, at this unique event.”

The service starts at 12.45pm when the colour party and guards from the Second Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, march to the Square.

The ceremony is to be blessed by Father Timothy Lipscomb and a poem read by Lord Shuttleworth, written by former soldier John Bailey, is read out.

The National Anthem will be played to mark the end of the short service.

Are you going to the service? Let us know if you do in the comments below and send your pictures to contactus@blogpreston.co.uk or post them on the Preston Flickr group

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