Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant day in the calendar of everyone’s hearts and it is a day when people from all walks of life unite in thought and prayer. The rain might have dampened spirits on the day however all were there to remember the service men and women who had encountered far worse conditions during their fight for our freedom.
Once again the Leyland and District Group of Freemasons wanted to pay their respects to their fallen colleagues, friends and neighbours from generations past. Leyland Group Chairman Stewart Seddon was accompanied by a few members from the Leyland Group including Peter Taylor, Provincial Grand Secretary of the Province of West Lancashire. The Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison had granted dispensation for all Masons to wear their regalia, which meant that regalia could be worn during the parade and at the church service.
The brethren met at the South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre on West Paddock, Leyland, prior to the start of the parade, where the procession then marched along West Paddock, Lancastergate and St Andrews Way coming to its conclusion at the cenotaph. The parade arrived at the Leyland War Memorial at 11am where a short service of remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony was held.
The remembrance service continued in St Andrew’s Parish Church and following this service the parade went back to the civic centre where refreshments were served.
A wreath was laid on the day by Paul Boardman on behalf of the Leyland and District Group of Freemasons, and another wreath was laid by David Rotherham on behalf of another Masonic order.
Other members not present at the Leyland parade took part in their own local parades and gatherings across the district and at the parishes of Longton, Farington, Euxton, Coppull, Tarleton and Eccleston to name a few.