Recreation Ground to be Dedicated to First World War Fallen

Published Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A Longridge recreation ground is to be dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee gave the go-ahead in May for the Kestor Lane recreation ground to be officially dedicated to the First World War fallen.

Now the committee has now decided that this will best be achieved by registering the ground as a Centenary Field with conservation charity Fields in Trust.

The trust is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion to protect parks, playing fields and other recreational spaces in perpetuity to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Community services committee chairman Simon Hore said: “We considered several options, including transferring ownership of the site to Longridge Town Council, registering it as an asset under the community right-to-buy scheme and leasing the land to a community organisation.

“But committee has decided that dedicating the site through the Centenary Fields programme will ensure it is protected as a living remembrance to those who fought and lost their lives in the First World War.

“This dedication will be recognised by the community as a clear commitment to the importance of this site now and in the future.”

The First World War was a turning point in world history, claiming the lives of 16million people across the world and having a huge impact on those who experienced it.

As Ribble Valley did not exist until 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

The Kestor Lane recreation ground has a play area, skate park and outdoor gym, and hosts the Longridge Field Day.

The site will be dedicated to the fallen of the First World War at a ceremony on Remembrance Day.

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