Town’s historic parade saved by cash injection

Michael Turner, Chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion
Michael Turner, Chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion
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Lostock Hall’s annual Remembrance Day parade has been saved thanks to vital funding from the South Ribble Partnership and Leyland Festival Spirit Fund.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion (RBL) had feared they’d have to cancel the 40-year-old event after strict new rules were brought in requiring them to pay for a traffic management company.

Desperate to raise the money, they successfully applied to the Leyland Festival Spirit Fund for a grant of £460. South Ribble Partnership’s Community Bids Fund then stepped in to match the figure, ensuring all the costs were covered and the parade could be held on November 9.

Michael Turner, chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the RBL, said: “It was more important than ever that we held the parade this year as we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

“Every year hundreds of people line the route to pay their respects to those who gave their lives fighting for our country. It’s extremely important that we all remember the tremendous sacrifice those men made fighting on the frontline.”

South Ribble’s Mayor Coun Graham Walton will join veterans, air cadets, army cadets, sea cadets and local uniformed groups for the march that will leave from Wateringpool Lane at 2.30pm, making its way to the War Memorial in Hope Terrace.

Claire Foreman, chair of South Ribble Partnership said: “Community Bids is there to help bring communities together and give them the support they need to make things happen. In this, the first year of the centenary, we are pleased to have been able to give the much needed financial support to allow the event to take place.”