There is no doubt about it that Prestonians know how to show their respect and appreciation when it matters. Today, Sunday 9 November, unprecedented crowds gathered together at the War Memorial on Preston’s Market Place to show their respect to the fallen of both world wars and conflicts thereafter.Advertisement
On an absolutely outstanding day with dry weather and bright sunshine, the Remembrance Parade commenced from the Covered Market at 10.20am with the armed forces leading the way to arrive at the Flag Market facing the War Memorial. The parade was represented by not only the armed forces but associated cadets, Police and Scout movements.
The service was presided over by Father Timothy Lipscomb who gave words of encouragement and strength to those who have lost loved ones in conflicts around the world over. He also said that we should pray to put an end to war and strive to live in peace throughout the world.
Two minutes silence was observed at 11.00am, which was preceded by a lone bugler who played the last post and broke the silence by playing the reveille. The ceremony of wreath laying was performed by civil dignitaries, commencing with the Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nick Pomfret and senior members of the armed forces, followed by civilian members who paid their respects by handing wreaths to four young forces members who laid them upon the Cenotaph.
The ceremony concluded and the marching band led the official parade from the Market Place to be met by loud cheers and applause from the admiring and appreciative crowds.
More pictures of the day’s event in the Flickr slideshow below by Gill Lawson.
Where you there at the Remembrance Ceremony and what did it mean to you? Let us know in the comments below.