Fylde folk are being urged to turn out in numbers to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflict at remembrance services being held across the borough on Sunday.
Mayor Coun Christine Akeroyd said: “Remembrance Sunday is the day we pay our respects to honour those servicemen and women who have lost their lives in world wars and other conflicts both past and present.
“I hope that the families who have lost their loved ones and all residents of Fylde will join us at the commemoration services at one of the Fylde locations so that we can honour the memory of their sacrifice that enables us to enjoy the freedom we have today.”
Coun Akeroyd and mayoress Helen Akeroyd will attend Remembrance Sunday services at St Annes, starting at 11am and Kirkham from 2pm.
Deputy mayor Coun Angela Jacques and deputy mayoress Sarah Jacques will be at the Lytham service on Sunday morming (11am), while services will also take place at Wesham (10.50am) and Staining (12.45pm)..
All the services will be preceded by the traditional civic party parades to the memorials, including Fylde MP Mark Menzies, councillors and ex-servicemen and woman along with representatives of a wide range of organisations such as the police, fire service, Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association, Army Cadets, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Sea Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps and Scouts and Guides.
The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen has long been a participant in the Remembrance Day Parade and to express solidarity with the wider community, Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag and the executive of St Annes Synagogue have invited the mayor, civic leaders of Fylde Council and residents of the borough to visit the Synagogue at at 12:15 on Sunday, for refreshments. That event follows the usual refreshments at St Annes Town Hall directly after the service.
Ahead of Sunday’s events, Armistice Day itself tomorrow will be marked with the igniting of maroons by Coun Akeroyd in Ashton Gardens, St Annes, Coun Jacques at Charlie’s Mast, Lytham, and Fylde town mator Coun Keith Beckett at William Sagar Playing Fields, Kirkham, all at 11am.