Chorley Walking Day returns this weekend

Walking Day in Chorley town centre in 2013

Walking Day in Chorley town centre in 2013

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A tradition dating back nearly 200 years will continue in Chorley this weekend.

Chorley Walking Day will be held on Saturday, following the annual tradition from the first walking day held back in 1822.

Members of various churches will gather on Cunliffe Street, in Chorley town centre, ready to set off at 2.30pm.

They will walk along Market Street into Park Road, then return along Market Street to St George’s Street for a service at St George’s Church.

This year, each church will provide marshals, as police cuts mean officers will no longer be able to help.

The change had put last year’s walk in doubt, but it went ahead after Clive Grunshaw, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, intervened.

On Sunday, churches will walk through their own parishes.

Walks will start at St James’ Church at 10.30am, at St Laurence’s and St Peters’ churches at 11.15am and at St George’s Church at 2pm.

Walking Day has been a part of the calendar in Chorley for decades and is traditionally held on the last Saturday in June.

It usually attracts people of all ages, ranging from three to 93.

Last year, 1,500 people took part, including Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, then Mayor of Chorley Coun Roy Lees, and Mr Grunshaw.