Wicker men salute to Pals in Chorley town centre

tribute: Chorley Streetscene worker Luke Sweeney installs one of the ‘Band of Brothers’

tribute: Chorley Streetscene worker Luke Sweeney installs one of the ‘Band of Brothers’

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A floral tribute to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One is being installed in Chorley town centre.

The ‘Band of Brothers’ willow figures represent the Chorley Pals, many of whom were killed in the war.

The figures have been installed in Union Street by Chorley Council along with a memorial stone engraved with ‘Lest We Forget’ and a giant poppy, and the area will now be seeded with wildflowers including poppies.

The feature also forms part of Chorley’s bid for national glory in Britain in Bloom after the town was chosen to represent the whole of the North West in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious competition.

As well as the ‘Band of Brothers’ tribute in Union Street, each of the roundabouts on Chorley’s town centre bypass will become a focal point for Chorley in Bloom and there will be a number other floral features also beginning to take shape for the summer in Astley Park and other areas of the town.

Each of the nine roundabouts from B&Q to Bolton Street will be given a makeover with most of them being themed to reflect Chorley’s proud heritage.

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