A sweet way to mark Remembrance Day

Lucy Gillhespy, Lisa Marie Ousby and Mags Procter, at Lisa Marie Cakes, Longridge, with the Remembrance tribute window display.
Lucy Gillhespy, Lisa Marie Ousby and Mags Procter, at Lisa Marie Cakes, Longridge, with the Remembrance tribute window display.

As the country pauses to remember lost heroes, one Lancashire cake shop has been commemorating the fallen in a very special way.

A massive remembrance display in the shop window of Lisa Marie Cakes in Longridge has been capturing the attention of passers-by and making them pause for thought.

The Berry Lane store has been decorated with giant red poppies and a massive white tiered model cake carries the black silhouettes of British soldiers on manoeuvre and more remembrance blooms.

Owner Lisa Marie Ousby said: “It’s probably the most important window we do in the year. It was something we wanted to do.”

She said her staff had worked as a team to make the special window display.

Lisa’s father was in the forces and she turned to him for advice on historical details regarding uniforms.

She admitted it was a contrast to their usual work: “We have done one or two remembrance style cakes. We do a lot more wedding cakes.”

But the cake decorator, who lives in Longton, says she loves the challenge of creating the window displays which also utilise her design skills.

The former pupil of Penwortham Girls High studied art at Runshaw College in Leyland and did a graphics degree at Blackpool College before taking up sugarcraft and setting up her own business.

Dozens of services will be held across the county to pay homage to service personnel who have given their lives

One of the biggest will be in Preston where a military procession will leave the covered markets at 10.35am and march around Lancaster Road, Church Street, Cheapside and into the Flag market for a service at the war memorial. Roads will be closed between 9am and 1pm.

In South Ribble the parade leaves the civic centre at 10.40am for a service and wreath-laying at the war memorial.

In Chorley, the procession, led by Chorley Pipe Band, will parade from St Thomas’s Road at 9.20am on Sunday, through High Street, Cleveland Street and Union Street in time for a service at St Laurence’s Church at 9.45am.

In Penwortham, a parade will start at St Leonard’s CE Church in Marshalls Brow at 9am on Sunday, followed by a service at 9.15am. After the service there will be a ceremony at the war memorial on Penwortham Hill, Liverpool Road, at 10.45am.

Other Remembrance Sunday services include Longridge, Broughton, Lancaster, Morecambe, Adlington, Hutton, , Ormskirk, Garstang, Bilsborrow, Chipping, Tarleton, Rufford, Burscough, Croston, Mawdesley and Freckleton.

For a full list of Remembrance events in Lancashire, see www.lep.co.uk