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Pals tribute blooms

Chorley Council's streetscene operatives, Graham Leeming, left, and Luke Sweeney install the Band of Brothers

Chorley Council's streetscene operatives, Graham Leeming, left, and Luke Sweeney install the Band of Brothers

 

A floral tribute to mark the centenary of the First World War is being installed in Chorley town centre.

The ‘Band of Brothers’ willow figures represent the Chorley Pals, many of whom were killed in the war.

They have been installed on Union Street by Chorley Council, along with a memorial stone engraved with ‘Lest We Forget’ and a giant poppy.

The feature forms part of Chorley’s bid for Britain In Bloom, as it has been chosen to represent the North West in the prestigious contest.

Jamie Carson, the council’s director for people and places, said: “The Band of Brothers we hope people will see as a fitting tribute to all the young men who left Chorley to fight in the First World War.”

There will also be displays on each of the roundabouts on the town centre bypass, plus floral features at Astley Park and other areas in the town.

Most of the roundabout displays will be themed to reflect Chorley’s heritage, each showing something different but with a local connection.

These include Sir Henry Tate and his sugar empire, the Transit of Venus, the 130th anniversary of Chorley And District Gardening Society, cycling, Chorley Market and Chorley FC.

 

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