Memorial to war heroes to be displayed year round

Lady Dulcie Atkins.
Lady Dulcie Atkins.
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Town hall bosses in part of the Fylde coast have announced plans to ensure poppy wreaths laid in tribute to the fallen at a war memorial will stay on display all year round.

Councillors in Garstang have agreed that special hooks can be installed in the Croston Road memorial area so that wreaths and tributes can be secured and remain as a more permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by local services personnel in two World Wars.

The issue was raised at the last meeting of the town council by Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins (pictured) who said there had been complaints that the wreaths were removed too soon.

She explained that she had been impressed by the way remembrance wreaths and tributes are displayed at the Penwortham war memorial, near Preston, which she passes regularly.

Inspired by that, she had made inquiries about ways to secure Garstang’s own wreaths to ensure they, too, could remain on longer 

Details have been announced of a series of a remembrance events in Garstang and Wyre on November 9 and 11. In Garstang, on Sunday November 9, a procession will assemble at the Community Centre car park at 10am for a service in St Thomas’ Church at 10.30am, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial.

In Preesall, a procession will assemble at the car park on Lancaster Road, Preesall at 1.45pm on November 9, followed by a service in St Oswald’s at 2.30 pm.

In Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough ,there will be a Remembrance Service on Tuesday November 11 at the war memorial, Bilsborrow. Those attending are asked to assemble at 10.20am.

In Fleetwood, Remembrance Sunday November 9 will be marked at Memorial Park, Warrenhurst Road, with a procession including Wyre mayor Coun Ron Shewan and Wyre Council Chief Executive Garry Payne assembling at Warrenhurst Road at 10.30am. An Armistice Day Service will be held in the Marine Hall, Esplanade, Fleetwood, on Tuesday November 11 at 10.40am. There will be a community parade afterwards to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.