Flashback - The year Ralph changed wreath-laying ceremony

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It’s 21 years since the then Mayor of Chorley, Coun Ralph Snape MBE, proudly walked with the Remembrance Day parade to the cenotaph at Astley Park.

Ralph still remembers that November day in 1992 vividly.

Ralph Snape with wife Joyce at the Remembrance Sunday parade in 1992 when Ralph was Mayor of Chorley

Ralph Snape with wife Joyce at the Remembrance Sunday parade in 1992 when Ralph was Mayor of Chorley

And he’s certainly not forgotten how he himself altered the wreath-laying ceremony schedule.

Former RAF serviceman Ralph, who is still a Chorley councillor, recalls: “I had a meeting with Jeff Davies, the chief executive and Ivor Davies, who was in charge of the British Legion, and put it forward that the British Legion should put their wreath on the cenotaph before me as mayor.

“I was told, you are an ex-serviceman, but I said others did more than I did.

“I won the argument and I instructed the Legion to put their wreath on before mine.”

It did not go down well with the chief executive, though, said Ralph, who adds: “He wasn’t happy about it – but it made no difference.”

He went on: “I believe that’s the only time it has happened.

“It had never happened before to my knowledge and it’s not happened since.

“And I have been on the council since 1976.”

That Remembrance Day is one he will never forget while he was Mayor of Chorley, though.

“It was one of my proudest moments – that I was given the honour in honouring the town and those who had died for us.”

Wheelton-born Ralph received his MBE for his service to local politics.

He is an independent councillor on Chorley Council, as is his wife Joyce.

The couple live on Collingwood Road, Chorley.

Ralph was a National Serviceman for three years during the Berlin Airlift.

His father served in the King’s Liverpool Regiment at 16 in the First World War.

- For more Remembrance Sunday coverage, see tomorrow’s Chorley Guardian.