Remembrance Sunday tribute to war heroes

Remembrance Sunday parade in Chorley town centre
Remembrance Sunday parade in Chorley town centre

The brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to serve their country will be honoured on Remembrance Sunday.

Acts of remembrance will be held around the borough on Sunday, with tributes set to be particularly poignant as 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Changes have been made to the service in Chorley town centre to allow more people to attend.

The growing attendance on Remembrance Sunday meant that everyone had not been able to attend the church service.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “Last year we had so many people gather in Astley Park at the cenotaph, thousands of them in fact which is really good, but there would be no way they would all be able to fit in church for a service.

“So, following consultations with residents, and local organisations and armed forces groups, we’ve changed the arrangements to include a longer service at the cenotaph so that everyone who wants to be involved can be there.”

A short service will be held at 9.30am at St Laurence’s Church, on Union Street.

Afterwards, uniformed organisations and the civic party will form a parade and set off at 10.25am for Astley Park.

An act of remembrance will be held at the war memorial at 10.45am, with a two-minute silence at 11am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.

Other tributes will be held at war memorials around the borough.

They include a memorial service at 12.30pm at the clock tower in Lower Wheelton.

A ceremony will also be held at the Bomber Memorial in Lead Mines Valley, White Coppice.

Walkers will take in the scenery before meeting at the memorial at 10.45am.

The service was started by Eric Unsworth, who died on September 26, and a tribute to him will be made at the ceremony.

Blackburn Old Road, Hoghton, will be closed to traffic between 9.45am and 10.20am on Sunday, from Holy Trinity Church to Hoghton Towe’s drive, for Hoghton’s Remembrance Sunday parade.

As part of Chorley’s commemorations, a festival of remembrance will be held on Saturday in the Lancastrian Suite, at Chorley Town Hall.

It will feature the Town Festival Choir, Chorley Festival Brass, and Louisa Stirland, who was BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2012.

There will be a muster and act of remembrance, and the commentator will be Chorley’s MP, Lindsay Hoyle.

Tickets cost £8 and are available from Malcolm’s Musicland, on Chapel Street, on 01257 264362.