Chorley’s sports stars celebrated

Chorley Panthers RLFC - part of the grassroots sport photography display at the Chorley's Sporting Life exhibition

Chorley Panthers RLFC - part of the grassroots sport photography display at the Chorley's Sporting Life exhibition

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A new exhibition will showcase Chorley sporting past, present and future.

The Chorley’s Sporting Life and Chorley’s Sporting Hall of Fame exhibition opens to the public on Saturday. It will then be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until August 12.

Through photography and audio visitors will get a glimpse of local people playing grassroots sports as well as remembering some of Chorley’s current and past sporting legends including Holly Bleasdale, Bill Beaumont and the current Paralympian 100 metre world record holder Graeme Ballard.

Visitors will also be able to see a display dedicated to the Blackpool Champions Cup which was won by Chorley Football Club in 1878.

Coun Beverley Murray, who has responsibility for Astley Hall and sports development at Chorley Council, who have brought together the display, said: “The Chorley borough has a rich sporting history with many men and women who have been successful in their sporting field.

“We’re delighted to be able to recognise that and share these proud sporting memories in the Chorley’s Sporting Life and Chorley’s Sporting Hall of Fame exhibition.

“When we first started researching this project we were pleasantly surprised just how many sports stars hail from the Chorley borough and I think many other people will be too.

“We had over 40 names on our list and you will be able to see photographs of most of them in action as part of the exhibition.”

The exhibition will be open from 12 noon until 4.30pm and there will be Olympic-related activities taking place across Astley Park and in the Coach House on the same days that the exhibition is open.

A timetable of activities is available at www.chorley.gov.uk/getupandgo