A week-long celebration packed full of activities and events has been planned for older people in Chorley to enjoy.

They are aimed at people aged 50 and over and will mark the annual International Older People’s Day on October 1.

The Active Generation project has joined forces with the town’s Older People’s Forum (COPF) and numerous other organisations, to make the week-long event the best yet.

The action kicks off on Monday, October 1, with a and event in Fazakerley Street involving COPF, Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Wildlife Trust, Lancashire Adult Learning and Age UK.

Many other groups will be present including Help Direct, Brothers of Charity, the NHS, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions to offer information and advice.

South Ribble Orienteering Club will also host a challenge around the town centre for people to take part in, with prizes available.

Other activities during the week include a tea dance at Chorley Town Hall on Tuesday, October 2, from 2pm to 4pm, the annual 50-plus games, on October 4, a dance exchange at Eccleston Scout Hut on October 5 between Mawdesley U3A line dancing group and two local primary schools and film shows at Chorley Little Theatre.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees activities for older people for Chorley Council, said: “This is the fourth year we have put on a wide range of activities for people to enjoy, but this year promises to be the best yet with all kinds of things going on every day of the week.

“We want our older people to be aware of just what is available here in Chorley for them to get involved with.”

Chorley Older People’s Forum is producing a booklet of information about the week.