Party in the Park on May 15

The date has been set for this year's Chorley Smile Picnic in the Park.

Organisers Chorley Council are joining forces with the Royal British Legion, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary, and to mark the occasion a joint event is being held in Chorley's Astley Park on Sunday, May 15.

John Hardiman, county manager for the Legion in Lancashire, said: "We are delighted to be working with Chorley Council on this joint event to mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

"I hope that families from across Chorley will come along to enjoy the wide programme of attractions that we have put together and which offer something for people of all ages and interests, from military music to craft stalls and a farmers' market."

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Chorley Council leader said: "Our Chorley Smile annual Picnics in the Park have been fabulous occasions over the last two years attracting thousands of our residents of all ages, and this year will be no exception.

"Because we've brought the event forward to May, we wanted to let everyone know early so they can book the date in their diaries because we want even more people to join in the fun.

"We are working jointly with the Royal British Legion to ensure an action-packed event involving all our armed services, plus there will be all the popular attractions and entertainment that our annual Picnic in the Park is renowned for.

"Plans are already well underway to ensure this year's Picnic is a huge success and we'll be giving out more details as we get closer to the event.

"We want whole families to come along to the Park, bring a picnic, relax in the magnificent surroundings and enjoy all the entertainment and activities that are being put on free of charge."

* christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk