Preston will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I with various Remembrance Sunday services taking place around the city.Advertisement
In this centenary year, Prestonians will gather to pay tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who helped preserve peace and freedom.
Here’s a selection of the services that will be taking place on Sunday 11 November.
Preston Minster, Church Street
At 6am Pipe Major Bill Barlow from City of Preston Pipes and Drums will perform the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of the battle, Battles O’er, at Preston Minster. He will be one of 1,000 lone pipers around the world to take part in the Battles Over project.
Cenotaph, Flag Market
At 10.40am a parade led by the Lancastrian Brigade Corps of Drums and Brindle Band will leave the Preston Market canopies before moving along Lancaster Road to Church Street and Cheapside, then on to the Cenotaph. A two-minute silence will be held at 11am before the Service of Remembrance begins.
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St Anthony’s Parish, Cadley Causeway
Parishioners have decorated the front of the church and a large cross using poppies made by St Anthony’s schoolchildren. A Remembrance Mass will take place from 9.30am to 10.30am. Prayers will be said for all those who have died in armed conflict, with special tribute to the First World War fallen.
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St Paul’s Church, Warton
St Paul Warton’s will honour all those who have given their lives in conflict in the hope of peace with a remembrance walk from St Paul’s school. Walkers will meet at 10am before setting off at 10.15am. The church will be open from 10am, and the service will run from 10.30am to 11.30am.
St Paul’s Church, Longridge
A parade will leave Longridge Civic Hall at 10.10am and observe the 11am two-minute silence at Station Buildings. A dedication service of the new war memorial will be held at the Kestor Lane recreation ground at around 11.25am. The parade will finish at St Paul’s where a service will be held from 11.45am.
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South Ribble War Memorial, St Andrew’s Way
At 10.40am a parade will leave the Civic Centre before arriving at the War Memorial at 11am. A Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will take place before the parade moves to St Mary’s RC Church for a Service of Remembrance at 11.45am.
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