A special ceremony will be held at the Civic Centre, Leyland, to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

It will include the planting of a tree, the unveiling of a plaque, reading of poems and the lowering of the three flags to half-mast to honour the 30 million soldiers that were killed or wounded during the war.

The Mayor of South Ribble, councillor Graham Walton, is set to start the ceremony organised by South Ribble Borough Council at 10.45am on Monday, August 4, by planting the tree.

He said: “I feel honoured to be taking part in this ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. We should never forget the sacrifices that people made during the war, and the tree will stand as a permanent reminder to us all of those sacrifices that were made.”

South Ribble Borough Council’s armed forces champion, Councillor Alan Ogilvie, said: “This ceremony will help us remember those who lost their lives in the war. I hope lots of people join us to reflect and remember.” At 11am all three flags that fly above the building will be lowered to half-mast, then the Mayor and the leader, Councillor Margaret Smith, will each say a few words and read poems.

Members of the public are invited to attend and can contact the Mayor’s office on 01772 625301.