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Remembering the Fallen in Preston: Three Day’s One Message

This Sunday the country will mark three momentous occasions in one; The centenary of the end of WWI, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

As with every year, the nation will take a moment to remember those who fought and perished for their country on Remembrance Sunday and in 2018, this will coincide with Armistice Day which also marks the 100 year anniversary since the end of the First World War.

Join together in Preston to remember the heroes of the past, commemorate the fallen and celebrate those who still serve in our countries armed forces.

‘Lancashire Remembers’ a Commemorative Concert

Where: Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre

When: 19:00 pm 10th November

On Saturday 10th November a special commemorative concert will be hosted in the grand setting of Preston Guild Hall. ‘Lancashire Remembers’ is being held to mark the centenary of WWI ending and Remembrance Sunday in Preston.

Musicians from all over the area will unite to put on a spectacular show for those who fought and died for their country whilst also raising funds for the Royal British Legion. Also, live coverage will be aired on BBC Radio Lancashire direct from the concert.

Acts in the line-up will include the East Lancashire Concert Band, who were the original PALS Band in 1914, traditional pipers, solo artists and choirs all of whom will fill the grand hall with music in celebration and memory of the fallen and the brave.

The concert is set to be very moving and a poignant performance for the occasion starting at 19:00 pm with tickets selling at just £12.50. Get your seats at the largest commemorative concert in the North, in Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre.

The Parade

Where: Beginning in Preston Market – Ending Flag Market Square, Cenotaph.

When: 10:40 am 11th November

On Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in Preston, The Lancastrian Brigade Corps of Drums and the Brindle Band will lead a march through the city from the Preston Market Canopies.

The parade will take place along Lancaster Road and lead onto Church Street culminating in Flag Market Square at the Cenotaph Memorial.

The Cenotaph, which was designed by the grandson of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Preston Town Hall architect, was erected in 1926 marking the spot where hundreds of local men gathered to depart together for war in 1914 with the Preston PALS.

Here a 2-minute silence will be observed at precisely 11:00 am, after which a special Remembrance service will take place, with wreaths and tributes laid down by dignitaries of Preston.

Preston War Memorial

Today the cenotaph in Flag Market Square has a deep historic connection with Preston’s long history and has served as the focal point for memorial celebrations and services for over 90 years.

Restored in 2012, along with the surrounding Market Square, the Cenotaph includes names of 2000 Prestonians who fought and died in WWI and a message of Remembrance for those who fought and died in the Second World.

The inscription reads;

BE EVER MINDFUL OF THE MEN OF PRESTON

WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS

1914–1918 1939–1945

THIS LAND INVIOLATE YOUR MONUMENT

Then in 2013, a special art installation marked the memory of men who lost their lives in the First World War. The work, created by Andy McKeown, gave faces and background stories to soldiers whose names appeared on the Roll of Honour, projecting photos and text curated from the adjacent Harris Museum and Lancashire Infantry Museum.

Shankly Hotel Preston - Remembrance Sunday

At The Shankly Hotel Preston, we too will be paying our respects at this spectacular ceremony, gathering together in Flag Market Square to honour lives lost and those still serving for the country this Sunday.