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Preston Pals remembered at special station service

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Passers by stopped to take in the spectacle as a Scottish piper played on Preston train station.

On the same date that the 7th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, or Preston Pals, saw major actions almost 90 years earlier in Bazentin-le-Petit, on the Somme, France, a service was held to remember them and their sacrifices.

Andrew Mather, President of the Preston Pals War Memorial said: “Two years ago we put up the memorial to commemorate the Preston Pals and every year, a few days before Remembrance Day, we come to have a service.

“But we wanted to reflect on the date that the Preston Pals had their last action in France.

He added: “A lot of the men were killed or wounded there.”

Station chaplain, Richard Cook, started the service with prayers before Lord Lieutenant Shuttleworth laid a wreath.

Andrew said: “People who were simply passing by were stopping and getting involved in the service which was lovely.

“It is important that other people get to know how important the Preston Pals were.”

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nick Pomfret, who attended the service, said: “It was a great honour to be able to pay my respects to the Preston Pals at the service.

“The memorial is in such a fitting place at the station with it being the last place they would have seen before heading off to war.

“I am fortunate enough to have also recently opened two feature flower beds in tribute to the Preston Pals.

“We owe these men a lot so I am privileged to show our admiration for them.”

The Mayor will be returning to the train station on Monday August 4 for a further service to commemorate the start of the First World War.

 

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