On Friday 13th June 2014 at 12.45pm a ceremony took place on Preston’s Market Square facing the Preston War Memorial, also known as the Cenotaph. The ceremony was led by the Right Worshipful Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nicholas Pomfret.
Fortunately, the Sun shone brightly over the square for the occasion and the attendees along with congregated crowds were able to partake in the service without having to use umbrellas for once.
The principle behind the Ceremony, which is part of the Preston Remembers project, is to rededicate Preston’s War Memorial to include and remember those who have lost their lives in service since 1945. A restoration of the City’s War Memorial was the first stage of the Preston Remembers project and was completed late last year when it was used as back-drop for projections of Preston’s WWI Roll of Honour.
In front of the War Memorial stood the Ceremonial drums of the 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. Following a procession of a Civic Regalia and the arrival of the Colour Party and Guards from the 2nd Battalion with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, led by the band of King’s Division, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nicholas Pomfret, introduced the ceremony.
The Vicar of Preston, Father Timothy Lipscombe, gave the blessing which was followed by the Rededication of the Memorial by the Mayor of Preston and a verse by John Bailey, Taking A Stand, was read by Lord Shuttleworth KCVO, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire.
A short while was taken for the laying of wreaths which was succeeded by the National Anthem and then the Colour Party and Guards marched off Market Square.
Preston can be proud of all those who have fallen in conflict, and indeed it is. With the newly rededicated War Memorial, there is now a place for people, young and old, to go to and remember and pay respect to all of those who we will never forget.
Below is an edited video presentation of the War Memorial Dedication Ceremony:
You can view more of the ceremony proceedings below in CottonGilly’s and Tony Worrall’s Flickr slideshows.
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