People of all ages took part in Longridge’s parade

Father Paul Chinnery, standard bearers and Ft Lt Andrew Brierley, the Parade Marshall pictured at the War Memorial, Longridge on Sunday. Photo by Fred Little.
Father Paul Chinnery, standard bearers and Ft Lt Andrew Brierley, the Parade Marshall pictured at the War Memorial, Longridge on Sunday. Photo by Fred Little.

Hundreds of people of all ages came together to remember the fallen of all conflicts throughout Remembrancetide.

In Longridge, a large crowd gathered for a service in the Garden of Remembrance on Armistice Day while at the same time, Whittingham unveiled its first war memorial, dedicated to those who served in the Great War of 1914-18.

On Remembrance Sunday, services were held in Longridge and the surrounding villages and the town’s annual parade, led by Longridge Band, was well supported and organised by the town council for the first time.

Parade marshall for possibly his 19th year, was Flight Lieutenant Andrew Brierley, of Preston 341 Squadron, who is Longridge born and bred.

Young people from the town’s uniformed organisations and their standard bearers joined town dignatories including mayor Coun Rupert Swarbrick and mayoress Mrs Katherine Swarbrick, town, borough and Lancashire county councillors, members of the Royal British Legion and Women’s Section, former servicemen and women and a number of the area’s surviving Second World War veterans.

During the parade along Berry Lane and Derby Road, wreaths were laid at St Wilfrid’s Church and Christ Church.

A huge crowd gathered at the war memorial in the Garden of Remembrance for the service led by Father David Chinnery and including the two-minute silence and prayers.

Wreaths were laid and The Last Post and Reveille sounded.

The Civic Remembrance Service was held at St Paul’s Church, led by the Rev John Ball, who asked what memory the congregation would take away from the day and talked about the importance of ‘The Silence’.

The service also included a beautiful rendition by Longridge Band of In Flanders Field composed by Gavin Somerset.