Remembrance set to finish with epic ‘Forget Me Not’

Pupils of Barnacre Road Primary School, who are using dance, drama, music, and film to deliver an ambitious Second World War production
Pupils of Barnacre Road Primary School, who are using dance, drama, music, and film to deliver an ambitious Second World War production

Longridge and the surrounding area is fully prepared to observe all the traditional ceremonies of remembrance this weekend.

The events will culminate in Longridge schools’ stage extravaganza ‘Forget Me Not’ on Monday when 450 children and 100 adults are set to take to the stage at Preston’s Guild Hall for two performances of a wartime tribute written and produced by Longridge headteacher Simon Wallis.

On Remembrance Sunday, as parishes and churches throughout the area parade and carry out services and acts of Remembrance, Ribchester runner and former soldier Dave Moretta is set to finish his epic 18 marathons in 18 days.

The challenge remembers the 18 Lancashire soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and raising funds for the Royal British Legion - at Blackburn Cathedral before the main remembrance events of the day.

Mr Wallis said ‘Forget Me Not’ was “all coming together” - all the costumes had arrived, props were being finished off and there had been a successful meeting at the Guild Hall on Monday with all the main parties.

The dress rehearsal is set for Monday morning, with performances at 3pm and 7.30pm. More than 800 tickets for each have already been sold and are available from all schools taking part.

In Longridge on Sunday the parade - marshalled by Andrew Brierley and led by Longridge Band - meets at the Legion premises, ready to set off at 10.15am.

There will be a short service led by Father David Chinnery at the War Memorial at 10.50am, before moving on to St Paul’s Chuch for the service at 11.30am, returning afterwards to the Legion for light refreshments. On Monday, the Rev David Anderson will lead a short service at the War Memorial at 10.45am.

In Chipping on Sunday everyone is asked to gather at St Bartholomew’s, ready to parade to the War Memorial at 10.40am, led by Fulwood Barrack’s Cadet Band. Corpus Christie School Band will play at the War Memorial and the service will be led by members clergy from the village’s three churches of Chipping and wreaths laid.

Fellside Team Remembrance Sunday services are: 9:15am - St Eadmer, Bleasdale; 9.30am - St James, Whitechapel; 10.30am - St Lawrence, Barton for the KRH Regimental Remembrance Service; 10.30am - St Mary the Virgin, Goosnargh; 10.45am - St Hilda, Bilsborrow.

In Ribchester on Sunday, at St Wilfrid’s holds a service at 10.30am when the children plant poppies in the Garden of Remembrance and at SS Peter and Paul the war dead are remembered at the 11am Mass, during which the children make a wreath of poppies.