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Traders are totting up an Olympic boost for the town as up to 15,000 people turned out to welcome the Torch.

Residents throughout Chorley lined the streets and cheered torchbearers who led the flame through Chorley, Euxton and Croston.

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The Olympic Torch passes through Chorley town centre

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The Olympic Torch passes through Chorley town centre

Coun Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Olympic Torch visit was a magnificent occasion for Chorley and it was great to see so many people lining the streets, waving flags and cheering on the Torchbearers.

“There was a real sense of communities coming together to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and everyone who came to take part in Chorley, Euxton and Croston did the borough proud.

“It’s events like these that help to put the Chorley borough on the map and the great reception people gave the Olympic Torch, as well as the huge numbers that turned out, was better than we expected.

“It also gave a boost to local businesses with long queues forming outside places selling food and drinks.”

Malcolm Allen, chair of Chorley Trader’s Alliance, said: “Businesses opened early and a lot of cafes were extremely busy, as well as the town centre car parks.

“There was a great atmosphere and the whole event exceeded expectations.”