Commemorative ceremony planned

Mayor: Coun Walton
Mayor: Coun Walton
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A tree is to be planted at the Civic Centre, Leyland, in a special ceremony to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Starting at 10.45am on Monday, August 4, the ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque, reading of poems and lowering of the three flags to half-mast.

The commemorative ceremony, organised by South Ribble Borough Council, will honour the nine million soldiers that were killed during the First World War and over 21 million that were wounded in the war that lasted four years.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, is set to start the ceremony by planting the tree.

At 11am all three flags that fly above the building will be lowered to half-mast then the Mayor and the leader, Councillor Margaret Smith, will each say a few words and read poems. Members of the public across the borough are invited to attend the ceremony and can contact the Mayor’s office on 01772 625301.

Coun Walton, said: “I feel honoured to be taking part in this ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

“We should never forget the huge sacrifices that people made during the war, and the tree will stand as a permanent reminder to us all of those sacrifices that were made.”

South Ribble Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Coun Alan Ogilvie, said: “This special commemorative ceremony, on the same day that the war started 100 years ago, will help us remember with great pride those who lost their lives in the conflict.”