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Preston Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events confirmed

Posted on - 9th November, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Flag Market, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston Locations, Preston News, What's On in Preston
A display of knitted poppies on the Cenotaph fence. Pic: Preston City Council

Preston City Council has today confirmed its plans to remember the fallen at a Remembrance Sunday parade and Armistice Day events this weekend.

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On Sunday, 13 November, a parade will begin at 10.30am with the Mayor of Preston, Councillor Neil Darby, veterans, Armed Forces and others attending. They will walk from Earl Street along Lancaster Road into Church Street onto Cheapside to the Flag Market.

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Senior cadets will carry redundant standards, the old Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Standards, plus the old 55th Division Standard. In addition, attendees will lay a wreath to remember the truce that broke out in no man’s land between British and German troops in December 1914.

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The old 55th Standard. Pic: Preston City Council

Colonel (Retd) David Waters, the president of the Central Lancashire Armed Forces Veteran’s Association, said: “Earlier this year, as a result of the partnership between the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre, the Sir Tom Finney FC and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the Sir Tom Finney Peace Field was opened at the UCLan Sports Arena.

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“The site is twinned with designated areas at the Flanders Peace Field in Mesen, Belgium. Sir Tom served in WW2 in the 9th Queens Royal Lancers when young. It is very fitting that a wreath is laid to remember the truce.

“In addition to an event at Preston North End FC on 12 November and Remembrance Sunday, we are also attending the service at 11am on Friday, 11 November (Armistice Day) at the Cenotaph and a further service at UCLan.”

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A ‘Tommy’ at the Cenotaph, Preston city centre. Pic: Preston City Council

At the end of Sunday’s service, the public can lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. As the Harris hoarding will reduce the capacity for the public to stand on the Flag Market, a large screen placed under the Fish Market canopy (at the corner of Market Street and Earl Street) will show the event.

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