Chorley Pals statue stands tall

First anniversary of the Chorley Pals Memorial in the Flat Iron

First anniversary of the Chorley Pals Memorial in the Flat Iron

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A memorial to the Chorley Pals unveiled one year ago has already become a significant local landmark.

Tourists have come from as far afield as Southampton and Scotland to visit the statue, which has also become a source of pride for Chorley residents.

Steve Williams, Chorley Pals memorial secretary and trustee, said: “There have been no problems with the memorial at all. We recognise it is now an important landmark.

“I feel very proud of it, having lived with the project for three years. It is for the men and their families.

“It has been a labour of love.”

The society will continue to maintain the statue, which will require annual cleaning and the maintenance of the anti-graffiti coating.

The memorial has an important role in Chorley’s World War I remembrance celebrations.

Steve Williams said: “On July 1, a wreath will be laid at the memorial at 7.30am, the exact time the Chorley Pals went over the top at the Somme. We intend it to be an annual event.”

Mr Williams will also be leading a coach trip to the Somme over the late May Bank Holiday. Anyone interested in going should visit www.stevewilliamstalks.co.uk