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Preston Pals flower beds at Miller Park

Posted on - 7th July, 2014 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Parks, Preston City Centre

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A small part of Victorian Miller Park has been converted into a tribute to Prestonians who served their county in the First World War.

The flower bed at the top of the flight of stairs features a new memorial to ‘D’ Company, the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Founded in 1914 after Earl Kitchener called for a volunteer army The Preston Pals were a group of local men who signed up to fight during World War I.

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Unfortunately, little is known about the Pals. They were part of the 7th Battalion but not actually documented as a Pals unit in the official Regimental histories.

We do know that The Preston Pals fought with distinction at the Flanders Offensive at Messines Ridge in Belgium in 1917.

There is also a memorial to the Preston Pals at Preston Railway Station, unveiled on 22 July 2012.

The flower beds can be found in Miller Park. The main bed is made up of Shirley and Ladybird poppies, daisies, summer berries, marigolds and pyrethrum.

The display was designed and planted by Preston City Council and Horticulture Services.

To support the work of the Preston Pal War Memorial Trust go to the website http://www.prestonpals.org/news.htm

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Have you seen the flower beds in Miller Park? What did you think?

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