Have the Preston Pals had their last major commemorative ceremony in the city?

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This week's commemoration of the Preston Pals is expected to be the last major service held in memory of the battalion.

Andrew Mather, Chairman of the Preston Pals War Memorial Trust, confirmed that the service at Preston railway station on Monday (July 23) – which marks a century since the Great War ended – is the last of three to honour those from the city who fell during the First World War.

Flag bearers at the ceremony

Flag bearers at the ceremony

It follows the unveiling of the Preston Pals memorial in the station in 2012 and a service in 2016 to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

The year also marks the end of Mr Mather’s 10 years as Trust chairman, something he said has been “worth every minute”.

“There will be similar events I am sure but I am standing down as chairman within the next three to four months,” the 80-year-old explained.

Going forward a Trustee will represent the Pals on the annual Remembrance Day service next to the war memorial on the Flag Market.

A traditional brass band took part in the ceremony

A traditional brass band took part in the ceremony

At Monday's service six wreathes were laid by The Lord Shuttleworth, Preston Mayor Trevor Hart, Colonel Nick Medway, British Transport Police Inspector Neil Hubbs, Andy Clare of Virgin Trains, and Sgt Aryton Mills from Rossall School.

“They all played a very special part in the day,” Andrew added.

The service concluded with The Last Post and two minutes silence, both of which were well respected.

The crowd

The crowd

One serviceman saluting his fallen comrades

One serviceman saluting his fallen comrades