But a private wreath-laying ceremony took place at the war memorial in the city centre to be broadcast online on the day.
The public is being urged to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal which has been badly-hit this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Retired Colonel David Waters who is president of the Preston and District Veterans’ Council, said: “This year, because of the difficulty of deploying volunteers to collect the money, the difficulty in handling cash and the closure of many prime sites for ‘setting up stall,’ any donation, great or small, is more greatly valued because it will probably require more effort to obtain a poppy.
“Going out of your way, without necessarily going out in these difficult times, to remember, honour and support your servicemen and women could not be more important if the sterling work of the Royal British Legion is to maintain its current levels.
“I fully support the Post’s idea to produce a Poppy poster (see page 10) for people to display in their windows.