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Tradition kept up by band’s display

Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band has agreed to perform on the anniversary of St Ambrose Churchs Walking Day

Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band has agreed to perform on the anniversary of St Ambrose Churchs Walking Day

One of the highlights of a 150-year-old tradition, which came to an abrupt end last year, is being resurrected in Farington next week.

The annual Walking Day, which centred around the prosperity of the cotton mill trade in the village, used to rely on the police closing the roads for the procession of around 200 people.

But after funding cuts to the force, the police announced that last year would be the final time they could help out St Ambrose Church in its Walking Day, as reported by the Guardian at the time.

Now though, another event is being held in its place.

Alison King, from the church, explained: “St Ambrose Church used to hold an annual Walking Day but in common with many other churches and organisations, we can no longer do so because of the problems experienced arranging insurance and complying with health and safety regulations during the walk.

“The police helped us last year but they are no longer able to continue accompanying church parades on the public highway.

“One of the highlights of the walk was always listening to Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band and they always went on the walk with us and then played for the service in church afterwards.”

She added: “As the walk will no longer take place, we invited the band to perform a special concert in church on Sunday, June 8 – the date the Walking Day would have taken place.

“We were delighted when they agreed to play for us. Brass band enthusiasts will love it as it’s a great band.”

The Special Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band concert at St Ambrose Church, Moss Lane, Leyland, starts at 2.30pm.

 

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