Oak planted in Read to remember First World War dead

Tree planting in Read
Tree planting in Read

A ceremony to plant trees in memory of Ribble Valley’s First World War fallen was well attended by residents in Read.

The oak sapling planting took place on Church Street Gardens by Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Michael Ranson.

In attendance were the chairman and vice-chairman of Read Parish Council, Mrs Doreen Collinson and Mrs Gillian Rostron, councillors Clifton C. Pollard and Alun Davies.

Churchwarden Mr Clive Bennett represented Read St Johns Church and the Rev. Michelle Jarmany, who also said a dedication, prayers and a blessing the United Reformed Church. Mr David Smith, headteacher of St Johns CE Primary School, accompanied by a number of children from the school also observed the ceremony.

The Mayor addressed those present and recited the poem “O you who sleep on Flanders Field”. Light refreshments were served at the end of the ceremony.