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Preston Pals role in the Battle of the Somme to be marked at Preston Station

Posted on - 22nd July, 2016 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, History, News, Preston City Centre
The Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nicholas Pomfret reading a few words to the people

Plaque to the Preston Pals unveiled at Preston Station in 2014

A minutes silence is to be held to commemorate the moment the Preston Pals took part in the battle of the Somme.

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The Preston Pals War Memorial trustees have arranged a commemorative service to take place on platforms three and four.

Pals March, a tune recently rediscovered, is to be played by the military band from Weeton Barracks.

The last post will also ring out across the platforms, along with hymns, prayers and the national anthem.

The service, taking place on Saturday 23 July at 11am, is to be attended by the deputy Lord Lieutenant Colonel Alan Jolley and a group of Chelsea pensioners and their Chaplain from the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

Read more: Preston Cenotaph is now a grade I listed monument

The Preston Pals are commemorated in a plaque at Preston Station and also in the waiting room, with murals depicting their final journeys from the North to the battlefields of Europe.

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