Garden of Remembrance officially opened in Longridge

Remembrancetide got underway in Longridge on Saturday with the official opening of the Garden of Remembrance and launch of the Poppy Appeal.

The Rev John Ball led the service, attended by Longridge Deputy Mayor Coun Stuart Tyrer and consort Mrs Clare Robinson and also including other council representatives.

Elizabeth Hemmingway, of Longridge Band played the Last Post and Reveille.

There will be an Act of Remembrance in the garden on Armistice Day, November 11, with everyone asked to gather at 10.50am, ready for 11am. On Remembrance Sunday, November 13, Longridge Band will march from the Durham Ox at 10am to the former Royal British Legion Club in Towneley Road, to meet the parade.

The parade will then march from what is now the sports and social club at 10.20am to Berry Lane, along Derby Road to Stonebridge and back along Derby Road with a short stop at St Wilfrid’s Church to lay a wreath. It will continue up Berry Lane, stopping at the War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance at 10.50am for the Act of Remembrance and two minute silence, before regrouping and continuing to Christ Church to lay a wreath and from there to St Paul’s Church for the Remembrance Service.

After the service the parade reassembles and walks back to the club where Longridge Mayor, Coun Rupert Swarbrick will make a speech prior to the parade’s fall out.