As communities continue to battle the floods that have beset them for several days, one parish church has opened its doors to a group of soldiers who are helping to stem the flow.
St Michael’s on Wyre Church near Garstang is at the centre of a community directly affected by the current flooding. The church is hosting a platoon of soldiers from The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who are sleeping when they can between callouts and are making themselves comfortable as best they can, including making good use of the church’s hassocks.
Their presence boosted the usual attendance at mid-week prayers – although some of the soldiers were, understandably, still sleeping.
The Vicar of St Michael’s, and Area Dean of Garstang Deanery, Reverend Andrew Wilkinson, said: “The soldiers were expecting to sleep in the back of the minibus but the church invited them to bed down for the night and use our newly-created kitchen and our toilet facilities. The Commanding Officer was delighted. I visited to give them a few cases of coke and some chocolate and found that villagers had been showing similar acts of kindness before me.
“The soldiers have been active as required on flood relief duty all day and night, working with the Environment Agency. They have been making emergency repairs to four breaches in the flood embankments of the River Brock.”