Once more the members of Leyland and District Group turned out to pay their respects to fallen brethren and family, friends and countrymen for the great effort and struggle in the battle against oppression and dictatorship.
Leyland Cenotaph saw group chairman Chris Blackwell laying a wreath on behalf of the Leyland Group. The parade met outside the Civic Centre in Leyland before marching off to the cenotaph on Church Road. There the memorial service and wreath laying took place where there were many members of the public and representatives from other organisations. Following the minute’s silence and the playing of the ‘Last Post’, the parade headed off back the way it came.
Eccleston Lodge No 7754 members numbering seven in the parade visited the town in which the lodge was so named, to walk as a mark of respect and to also lay a wreath at the war memorial. This was poignant for Eccleston Lodge as the war memorial was in the churchyard at St Mary’s Church which is embroidered onto the lodge banner. The parade set off from Eccleston Primary School moving along Doctor’s Lane to the church following the Eccleston Band.
Bob Olive, represented the Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge No 9640 laid a wreath at Hutton Memorial Garden on Saturday 11 November at 11am. This was the nearest memorial to Lancashire Police Headquarters and an officer from the Police Service also laid a wreath to mark the day.
Steve Lunt and Lee Jackson visited All Saints Church at Higher Walton, also laying a wreath in remembrance. Here the wreath was placed after the service at the church and again at 11am. This was followed by another short Remembrance Service held at the church’s memorial cross which is outside the east part of the church. The information on the wreath card read as follows: “From the Walton-le-Dale Masonic Lodges, Cuerden Lodge No 6018, De Bon Cuer Lodge No 6984, part of the Leyland and District Group of Lodges.”
Martin Swarbrick and Paul Free took part in the Longton memorial parade at the Parish Church of Longton St Andrew.
On a day the Leyland Group embraced the opportunity of joining in with the community, everyone came together as a mark of respect for the great effort and ultimate sacrifice given for our current lifestyles.