Historic cannon return to town

The unveiling of the cannon outside Astley Hall
The unveiling of the cannon outside Astley Hall
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A pair of “symbolic” cannon which stood outside the Royal Ordnance Factory for decades have returned to Chorley.

The 200-year-old cannon were presented to the ROF in 1964 to mark its 25th anniversary and stood outside its headquarters on Euxton Lane.

Generations of workers from across Chorley passed the cannon each day as they went to and from work. But they were removed when the factory was shut down and the building became part of Runshaw College.

Lindsay Hoyle, Chorley’s MP, has been working to bring the cannon back to Chorley.

He said: “The cannon mysteriously disappeared and I tracked them down to ROF Glascoed in Wales, where they were under cover. These were part of Chorley’s history and were symbolic to the people who worked at ROF.”

He arranged for the cannon to be returned to the borough from Wales and were acquired by the Chorley Remembers project.

They were restored to their former glory by Chorley Council.

The cannon have now been put on display outside Astley Hall, which houses Chorley Remembers, and were officially unveiled by Mr Hoyle on Friday.

Among those at the ceremony were former ROF workers and a man who made a gun carriage on which the cannon sit.

Mr Hoyle, chairman of Chorley Remembers, said: “I’m absolutely pleased that we have brought history back to Chorley.”