The crowds gathered hushed in anticipation, lining St Annes Square with sporadically-placed miniature Union Flags fluttering in the slight winter breeze.
They were here to welcome the men who had risked life and limb for their country, now safely and thankfully back home.
And then, over the crest of The Crescent they came to a rapturous applause - led by the band of the King’s Division.
Around 120 men from the Second Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment passed through the town’s streets after attending a service at St Annes Parish Church, with several Fylde coast natives among their ranks.
For the full story, see tomorrow’s Gazette