The war memorial on Church Road in Leyland was barely visible through the crowds on Sunday 11 November as hundreds gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the fallen.
A parade had earlier left the council’s Civic Centre on West Paddock at 10:25am, proceeding up Lancastergate and through the Tesco car park to the war memorial.
Included in the line-up marching their way to the cenotaph were army veterans, cadets, councillors, council officers, the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, and other important dignitaries from around Lancashire.
At 11:00am, the Last Post was played; two minutes’ silence observed; speeches made.
Then, dozens of poppy wreaths were laid by various organisations from around Leyland, including one by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble.
The Remembrance Sunday tributes then moved inside, as the various different groups congregated at St Andrew’s Parish Church just opposite the war memorial.
Hymns were sung, and Bible readings recited, in a moving service in which the Vicar of St Andrew’s, David Whitehouse, spoke about the significance of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior – located at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster – and the fact that this serves as a constant reminder that peace, and our endeavours to resolve differences with words, not weapons, ought always to prevail in a world that is civil and harmonious.
The Interim Chief Executive of South Ribble Borough Council, Gary Hall, was among the speakers at the ceremony inside the church, in which no seat was to be had.
The parade, ceremony and church service were all undoubtedly the busiest and well-attended we have seen in some years – and the council would like to thank all of the residents for coming and paying their respects.