Big Lamp returns to town centre

The Big Lamp being put back in place
The Big Lamp being put back in place

Chorley’s iconic Big Lamp is once again taking pride of place in the town centre.

The landmark was removed last year while the new Asda supermarket was built opposite the site and so a new light-controlled junction could replace the roundabout on which it once stood.

On Friday it was put just a few metres from its original home on a specially-made plinth on the corner of Market Street and Pall Mall.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Big Lamp was always going to be repositioned on the junction as it’s something residents felt strongly about.

“It’s also in a better place for people to sit round and enjoy it rather than being isolated in the middle of a roundabout.”

Along with the Big Lamp, a school bell linked to St George’s School, which used to stand there, has been installed as a reminder of the heritage of the site.

“All of these developments are generating a renewed interest in that part of town and hopefully it will bring an increase in footfall and revenue for local businesses,” said Coun Wilson.