The Pals Memorial site on the Flat Iron in Chorley is open again after being closed for over a month for redevelopment.
The work included new paths, box hedges, low level fencing, new turfed areas, wider footpaths, two new benches and two new interpretation boards.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Chorley Council (who also donated the additional land), the design was done by Liberata whilst the work was carried out by specialist contractors, Landscape Engineering Limited from Burnley.
Since re-opening on Thursday, 23rd August the site has attracted a steady stream of visitors, with a great deal of positive feedback.
There is still some minor work to be done at the end of September on the plinth, and the final element of the site’s makeover will see the illuminated advertising sign removed next June when the contract expires.
The work to the Pals Memorial is the first of four main elements of the Chorley Remembers project, which will see names of the fallen placed on the War memorial in Astley park by Remembrance Day.
£75,000 of Lottery money is being invested down at the Astley Hall complex with a new, permanent ‘Remembrance Experience’ scheduled to be complete in December.
The final element will be work on the Memorial Arch at the Park Road entrance of Astley Park in the town, with conservation work on the arch taking place in May next year.
Trustees of the Chorley Pals Memorial would like to thank Councillors and Staff at Chorley Council, with a special mention to Jamie Dixon, Head of Streetscene & Leisure Contracts at the Council.