Remembrance Day shake-up proposed

Wreaths being carried at the 2012 Remembrance Sunday parade  in Chorley
Wreaths being carried at the 2012 Remembrance Sunday parade in Chorley

Changes could be made to Chorley’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration to allow more people to pay tribute to those who served their country.

An increasing number of people have attended the civic act of remembrance in recent years and even more are expected this November, as 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The proceedings usually include a parade from Chorley Town Hall, a service at St Laurence’s Church and a short service at the war memorial at Astley Park.

But the crowds and the size of the building mean that many people attending have to wait outside the church if they are not part of the parade.

So Chorley Council is proposing changing the format of this year’s commemoration.

It is proposing that the parade starts at the Chorley Pals memorial, on the Flat Iron car park, and heads to the war memorial at Astley Park for a service led by the rector of St Laurence’s Church.

It would allow more people to take part in the whole act of remembrance.

The council has launched a consultation for people to have their say on whether the changes should be made ahead of this year’s commemoration.

Coun Bev Murray, who organises the ceremony for the council, said: “Over the years attendance has been growing and not everyone has been able to get into the church for the service. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to be can be part of it.

“So we would still retain the religious service but it would be at the cenotaph so it could be more inclusive.

“But before we do anything, we want to hear people’s views, so I’d urge everyone to have their say .”

To take part in the consultation, complete the survey on the council’s website at”