Remembrance parade saved by Leyland Festival funds

Michael Turner, Chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion
Michael Turner, Chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion
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The Leyland Festival Spirit Fund has helped save a neighbouring town’s Remembrance Day parade this year.

Volunteers from Lostock Hall’s Royal British Legion had feared they’d have to cancel the event after strict new rules were brought in requiring them to pay for a traffic management company costing hundreds of pounds.

Desperate to raise the money, they successfully applied to the Leyland Festival Spirit Fund for a grant of £460.

South Ribble Partnership’s Community Bids Fund then stepped in and matched that figure to ensure that all the costs were covered and the
 parade, which first started back in the 1940s, could be held on November 9 to mark Remembrance Day.

Chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion volunteers, Michael Turner, said: “It was more important than ever that we held the parade this year as we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

“Every year hundreds of people line the route to pay their respects to those who gave their lives fighting for our country, so we are thankful that it can now go ahead as without the grants there would have been no parade.”

South Ribble’s Mayor, Coun Graham Walton, will join the veterans, Air, Army and Sea Cadets and local uniformed groups for the march that will leave from Wateringpool Lane at 2.30pm making its way to the War Memorial in Hope Terrace.

Claire Foreman, Chair of South Ribble Partnership, added: “Community Bids is there to help bring communities together and give them the support they need. We are pleased to have been able to give the much-needed financial support.”