Together we will remember

Sacrifice: Coun Alice Collinson, Mary Duckworth, Alene Balmain and Coun Tom Balmain at Garstang's Remembrance Sunday.
Sacrifice: Coun Alice Collinson, Mary Duckworth, Alene Balmain and Coun Tom Balmain at Garstang's Remembrance Sunday.

Garstang and rural Wyre residents remembered their war dead at the weekend, with ceremonies at town and village war memorials.

The first event, on Saturday, was at the memorial in Bilsborrow, a civic remembrance service for Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough, which followed the ringing of the bells at St Hilda’s Parish Church.

Colonel John Bird presided, assisted by Fathers Finch (Fellside Team) and Keefe (Claughton-on-Brock).

Sassoon’s poem ‘Because We Are Going’ was read aloud by Mrs Bennie Bird, accompanied on the bagpipes by Pipe Major Stewart Lyell.

Mrs Sheena Hornby, keeper of the memorial, performed the flag ceremony during the sounding of Last Post and Reveille by a bugler from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Local Regiment standards were carried and children from Barton and Bilsborrow primary schools placed crosses in memory of the fallen of the three parishes, whose names were read aloud by Betty Carysforth and Doris Whaley, two sisters of the late Sergeant William Percival Marshall, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was killed in a flying accident in 1942, aged 21.

Wreaths were laid by community representatives and by Mr Alf Clempson on behalf of Ben Wallace MP.

Refreshments were provided afterwards by Bilsborrow Women’s Institute.

There were similar scenes in Garstang on Sunday, when townsfolk assembled at the High Street car park before a parade through the town to St Thomas’s parish church.

After a service at St Thomas’s there was a service at the town’s war memorial on Park Hill Road.

Youth groups joined councillors and representatives of local organisations in laying wreaths.

Music was provided by Pilling Band.

A service of remembrance was also held at St Lawrence Church, Barton, which has within it the Regimental Chapel of The King’s Royal Hussars.

There was added poignancy at the service as several attending were troops who have recently returned from active service in Afghanistan.

Canon Ron Greenall conducted the service

The church was filled to capacity with a congregation of some 300.

Churchwardens Roy Horton and Joan Levey said: “This was a moving service and the attendance a tribute to what the Regiment is doing today as well as an Act of Remembrance for times past”