Crowds turned out for Chorley Walking Day

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The sun was shining as thousands of people took to the streets for Chorley Walking Day.

More than 1,500 people from Christian churches around the borough gathered on Cunliffe Street, in Chorley, on Saturday afternoon.

The procession heads up Market Street

The procession heads up Market Street

Young and old took part in the procession, including children from the churches’ uniformed organisations, to continue a tradition dating back nearly 200 years.

Civic dignitaries were also in attendance, including Chorley’s MP Lindsay Hoyle, Mayor Coun Marion Lowe and consort Coun Adrian Lowe, and Chorley Council leader Coun Alistair Bradley.

Many more people lined the streets to watch them walk through the town centre before going to a service at St George’s Church.

It was the first time the police had not marshalled the route, following cuts which put last year’s walk in doubt, and organisers said it all went according to plan.

Several churches also held walks through their own parishes on Sunday.

Walking Day is traditionally held on the last Saturday in June, with next year’s event scheduled for Saturday, June 25.