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

The Kestor Lane recreation ground in Longridge will be registered as a Centenary Field with conservation charity Fields in Trust.

It 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.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee gave the go-ahead in May for the dedication.

Its chairman Simon Hore said: “We considered several options.

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

The site will be dedicated at a ceremony on Remembrance Day.

Ribble Valley Council Leader and Dilworth Councillor Ken Hind said: "'This is an important milestone for Longridge w

"For the future the Council will own and maintain the field but it will be protected for the recreational use of local residents."