HUNDREDS turned out to pay their respects on Armistice Day as the people of South Ribble commemorated the Centenary of the ending of the Great War (1914- 18).
A civic and military procession marched to the town’s war memorial in Church Road where a short service and wreath-laying ceremony took place. The Last Post was played, minute’s silence perfectly observed – at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – and prayers were said by Canon David Gibb, vicar of St Andrews, Leyland Parish Church.
These events were followed by a parade to St Mary’s RC Church in Broadfield Drive. Here the official 2018 South Ribble Service of Remembrance was conducted by St Mary’s parish priest Father Jonathan Cotton.
In the evening, a Battles Over memorial service was held at the Lostock Hall war memorial. Here a Beacon of Light, one of 1000 across the nation, was lit as part of a national symbol of solidarity and respect for the millions whose lives were sacrificed in the First World War over 100 years ago.
The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor John Rainsbury, said:
“I am so proud to have hosted the lighting of the beacon at the magnificent Lostock Hall war memorial. It was very moving and the memorial looked amazing.”