Ex-servicemen pay tribute on centenary of First World War

A short service was held at the war memorial
A short service was held at the war memorial
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A small group of ex-servicemen met at Chorley’s war memorial at 11am to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Led by standard bearer Peter Storry, joint secretary of Chorley And District Ex-Services Association, they marched to the memorial at Astley Park and paid their respects.

The standard was lowered and a short silence was observed at 11am to remember those who served in the war 100 years ago.

Mick Finan, from the Royal British Legion, led a short service and flowers were laid by Colin Denby.

Among the group of men was Terry Seeds, who wore a First World War uniform from 1914.

Mr Finan, whose relatives are among those named on the memorial, said: “We weren’t aware of anything taking place formally so it was a basic way of showing our respects to those who gave their lives 100 years ago.

“We are all ex-services and we shouldn’t let 100 years go without being remembered.”

St Laurence’s Church, on Union Street, will be open from 4pm to 7pm today for private prayers, with final group prayers at 7pm.

And the lights will be turned off at Chorley Town Hall at 10pm, with a single candle lit, as part of a nationwide campaign to mark the start of the war.