Tributes start to war heroes

A service will be held at the Memorial Garden in Coppull
A service will be held at the Memorial Garden in Coppull
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Preparations are well underway for events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The conflict officially began on August 4, 1914, and people across Chorley are organising events to commemorate it.

The tributes will start at noon on Sunday with a short service of commemoration and dedication of the soldier at Coppull’s Memorial Garden, on Spendmore Lane.

The Mayor of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees, other dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion are expected to attend.

The service, which includes prayers, a hymn and poems, will be followed by refreshments at the Royal British Legion Club. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to call 01257 470120.

Later that day, an evening vigil will be held at St Laurence’s Church from 8pm to 11pm, led by the Reverend Martin Cox.

The following day, the Union Street church will be open for private prayers from 4pm to 7pm, with final group prayer at 7pm.

Also on Monday, the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Eccleston, is holding an exhibition to honour those named on the village war memorial.

The church will be open from 9am to 9pm, with a requiem service at 1pm and a service at the war memorial at 6.30pm, followed by a vigil.

On display will be family memorabilia, artefacts, a written resume of the life of each of the fallen and footage throughout the day.

A sponsored walk will be held next Wednesday, following in the footsteps of the 200 men in the Chorley Terriers who walked 10 miles from the Drill Hall, on Devonshire Road, to Fulwood Barracks.

Steve Williams, project manager for Chorley Remembers, has already raised £200 in sponsorship for the project ahead of the walk and will be joined by local historian Stuart Clewlow.

To sponsor him, go to, call 0845 467 1916 or go to any branch of the Chorley Building Society.

Chorley Remembers is also organising an event at Astley Park, from 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday, August 17.

The “Remembrance Experience” exhibition will open at 11am and there will be new displays and artefacts on show, with additions to the trench experience.

Music will be provided by an ensemble from the RAF cadets, Buckshaw Village WI present food and recipes from the period, Chorley Pals mascot Charley Pal will meet visitors, and there will be displays by several organisations including the Museum of Lancashire and Chorley In The Great War.