Rivington Pike poppy tribute is a hit around the world

Hundreds of people have walked up to Rivington Pike to see the poppy. Picture by Martin Birchall Photography.
Hundreds of people have walked up to Rivington Pike to see the poppy. Picture by Martin Birchall Photography.
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Tonight will be the last chance to see Rivington Pike lit in tribute to those who lost their lives in war.

A poppy has been projected on the monument each evening for a week to coincide with Remembrance Day and mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

It will be lit for the final time from 5pm to 9pm today.

The tribute, which was done by Chorley Council and Horwich Town Council, has been hailed a success.

More than 190,000 people viewed images of the poppy on Rivington Pike on Chorley Council’s Facebook page and it led to comments on Twitter from people as far away as Australia and Canada as it was shared across the globe.

And hundreds of people have gone up to Rivington Pike to take photographs of themselves with the poppy.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response that the tribute has provoked and it is a fitting way for us to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

“It also serves as a reminder that there are many local people currently serving in the armed forces who deserve to be recognised for the service they provide to our country.

“I’d like to thank Horwich Town Council which has supported us in this tribute and if people are interested in more of the history, particularly around the First World War, then we have a dedicated exhibition in the Coach House, Astley Park, which is a fascinating visit.”

Coun Kevin McKeon, leader of Horwich Town Council, said: “The lighting of the Pike has been a great success and it’s certainly put both Chorley and Horwich on the map.

“It has been a visual way of showing our respect to those who have lost their lives in conflict and those who continue to serve our country.”