All three Bishops of the Church of England in Lancashire today urged residents to use their vote in elections taking place on Thursday.
Fylde coast voters will go to the polling booth to elect a new police and crime commissioner, while local elections are taking place as well elsewhere in the county.
The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster and the Rt Rev Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, have issued a joint statement calling on people across the region to make sure they cast their vote.
The statement also recalls the cost of democracy and freedom won by generations past.
They say: “We urge every person in Lancashire, not just people who attend our churches, to use your vote on Thursday and to actively encourage others among your family, friends and community to vote too.”
They add: “We are not asking you to vote for any particular political party. But as Christians we believe we must all participate positively in elections. The right to vote has been hard won. Let’s cherish, protect and use it.”