Coffin parade will mark PNE’s relegation

Tradition: PNE fans with the club's coffin in Bamber Bridge
Tradition: PNE fans with the club's coffin in Bamber Bridge
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The traditional coffin procession held when Preston North End are relegated or promoted will go ahead on Sunday July 24.

Supporters will take to the streets of Bamber Bridge for a carnival-style burial of a PNE-branded coffin to mark the club’s relegation to League One.

The procession will start at noon from Church Road at the south end of Station Road, close to the Hob Inn public house, with floats wanting to join the parade requested to arrive at 11am.

Charity collections will be made en route for St Catherine’s Hospice in Bamber Bridge, Derian House in Chorley and Tender Nursing Care.

Chairman of the organising committee, Mick Higgins, said: “We hope many people get involved and donate to the great causes that the committee have chosen and celebrate a family fun day – a tradition that we don’t want to let die.”

It is understood that the club will also be supporting the event, with major PNE figures expected to be present for the procession.

The parade started in 1948 after a greengrocer in Bamber Bridge packed a coffin full of vegetables and buried it following Preston’s relegation to Division Two.

Every time either PNE or Blackburn Rovers go up or down a division, the famous procession makes its way through Bamber Bridge, calling at various pubs - including the Trades Hall - with thousands of people taking part.

The coffin is ‘raised’ when either side is promoted.

This is PNE’s first relegation since 1993.