Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 17th August 2012

We have been advised that work should be completed by next Thursday, 23rd August.

All the paving stones have been laid and there is just some finishing off to do with the low level boundary fence.

Topsoil should be delivered on Monday and turf the following day; planting of a low level box hedge should complete the landscaping.

The frames for the two interpretation boards are in place, awaiting the arrival of the boards from the manufacturers in Dumfries (they are expected on Wednesday).

Advertising box

We have been asked by a few people about the illuminated advertising box in the corner of the site. Chorley Council are in contact with the owners to have it repositioned elsewhere on the Flat Iron market.

However, if it cannot be moved in the next few weeks then it will be removed next June when the contract expires.

Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 13th August 2012

With the rain holding off, work continued on the Chorley Pals Memorial site today (Monday 13th August).

Two stone benches have been installed and workers are removing the old wooden fence, ready for the installation of a new “knee high” barrier around the site boundary.

Most of the stone flags are down forming the paths and work should start later this week on some of the landscaping.


Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 9th August 2012

Work continues at a pace on the Chorley Pals Memorial site, with a complete length of flags being laid on the main path.

Originally scheduled to be completed by mid-August, the completion date is now looking like Wednesday, 22nd August.

The design of the two interpretation boards is nearing completion by the designer at manufacturers, Border Signs Ltd. in Dumfries, and they are expected to be installed on site by the 21st.

Whilst on the site yesterday, Chorley Pals Memorial Secretary & Co-Founder, Steve Williams, took the opportunity to inspect the memorial and statue.

Wearing the obligatory hard hat and yellow HV vest, Steve used a ladder to climb up to check the condition of the statue and base, taking some interesting photographs in the process.

Following the inspection, we have asked our stonemasons to repair some frost damage, re-seal some joints and clean the plinth.


Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 3rd August 2012

Here are the latest photographs from the Pals Memorial on the Flat Iron in Chorley taken this afternoon (Friday 3rd August).

Contractors have nearly completed the layout of the paths and started to lay some of the flags that will form the paths.

The bases for two interpretation boards have arrived on site, whilst the boards themselves are being prepared at Border Signs in Dumfries.

Our Secretary, World War One historian and author Steve Williams has researched and designed the two boards – one about the history of the Chorley Pals Company in the Great War and the other about the memorial itself from its inception in 2007 to unveiling in February 2010.

Work should be completed in the next two weeks, with the interpretation boards being the last items to be installed.

Commenting on progress to date, Steve Williams said: “Everything is on schedule and we are looking forward to the fences coming down so that people can enjoy the improvements to the memorial site.”

The work is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Chorley Council.

Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 1st August 2012

Work is progressing well on the upgrade to the Chorley Pals Memorial site next to the Flat Iron car park in Chorley, which is being carried out as part of the Chorley Remembers project.

Our Secretary Steve Williams visited the site today to check the progress, and took these pictures:

Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 22nd July 2012

Signs go up at the Chorley Pals Memorial site, Saturday 21st July 2012Signs went up yesterday (Saturday) advising curious onlookers what is going on at the Chorley Pals Memorial site on the Flat Iron in Chorley.

Sandstone flags forming the paving are on order and work should continue, weather permitting, on Monday.


Chorley Pals Memorial site update – 11th July 2012

The Council have been busy today on our behalf at the Pals Memorial site today (Wednesday).

Workmen were up early preparing the ground by clearing all the bushes and a tree from the site.

Fences will go up around the site tomorrow when the contractors will take over to complete the work by early August.

Updates will appear here on a regular basis.

The Chorley Pals Memorial – One Year On

The Chorley Pals Memorial, one year on

The Chorley Pals Memorial, one year on

Our Secretary Steve Williams has been out and about with his camera again.

He took the following pictures of the Pals memorial on the Flat Iron in Chorley recently, just over a year since it was unveiled on Sunday, 28th February 2010.

The Memorial, March 2011

The Memorial, March 2011

In that time, the memorial has become a local landmark and tourist attraction with visitors coming from as far as Southampton and Aberdeen to see it.

It is also interesting to see where photographs of the Pals memorial appear – there is one on the wall of The Hartwood hotel & restaurant in Chorley.

The memorial was designed by Preston sculptor Peter Hodgkinson

The memorial was designed by Preston sculptor Peter Hodgkinson

We’d love to hear from you if you see any pictures in other locations in Chorley or further afield.

As for the future, the Pals charity has plans to improve access to and around the memorial, as well as adding some interpretation boards with the history of the Pals Company and the three year project to erect the memorial.

Funding for the improvements will hopefully come from the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Chorley Remembers project; more news on that in September.


All photographs © 2011 Steve Williams.

Chorley Pals Memorial Site Landscaped

The landscaping around the Chorley Pals Memorial is now complete

The landscaping around the Chorley Pals Memorial is now complete

Chorley Council recently landscaped the area around the Pals memorial on the Flat Iron in the town.

Turf has been laid and flowers planted around the base of the statue, adding a splash of colour to Chorley’s new landmark.

New Landmark Causes Quite A Stir

The new Chorley Pals Memorial

The new Chorley Pals Memorial

Many people have been viewing Chorley’s new landmark this week, admiring the statue and looking at the 222 names of the Pals engraved on the plinth.

We’ve had many kind messages and compliments about the new statue since it was unveiled last Sunday via our website, through messages left on our official Facebook page and through coverage in the local and national media.

Thank you once again to all those who helped us to get the memorial to the Chorley Pals built, and for all of your kind support… we’re glad you like it!