Parade and plaques to commemorate Chorley soldiers

Army Band on parade

On Saturday 22nd September we are staging a parade from near the ‘Inspire’ Youth Zone through the town centre to the Army Reserve Centre on Devonshire Road.

It will form up on nearby Railway Street at 10.15am and depart at 10.30am down Chapel Street, along Market Street, up Gillibrand Street on to Devonshire Road.

Street and roads will be closed for a short while as the parade travels along its pre-arranged route; when it reaches Devonshire Road a section of the road between Hamilton Road and Regent Road will be closed from around 10.55am for about an hour.

The event is to commemorate the Chorley Pals and Chorley Terriers, retracing their steps from the Drill Hall (as it was known back then) to the railway station and off to war.

The parade will be led by the Band of the King’s Division and the Chairman of the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust, Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley.

Joining him will be the Mayor of Chorley, Cllr Margaret Lees who is a granddaughter of a Chorley Pal killed on the Somme in July 1916.

Also in the parade will be uniformed organisations, invited guest and relatives of those who formed the two units in 1914.

Two plaques will be unveiled by Sir Lindsay Hoyle at around 11.00am. They are located on the outside of the Army building and the ceremony can be viewed from Devonshire Road.

The route the parade will take is illustrated on the map below, and further information about the event and others planned for October and November can be found here.

Parade route map