Remembrance in Chorley

We will remember them. Every year Chorley remembers those who gave their lives serving their country with a Remembrance Day service and parade on the second Sunday in November. This year has added significance as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

In 2018, people from across Chorley are invited to take part in the town’s tributes to remember those who lost their lives serving their country through a series of events and commemorations listed below.

For those who usually attend the Remembrance Sunday service and parade, there are new arrangements this year to accommodate the increasing number of people who wish to attend. 

  • ​​​The main service will take place at the Cenotaph in Astley Park and there will be designated areas for members of the public to stand.
  • To ensure the parade can safely enter and depart the area, stewards will be on-hand to direct attendees.  Members of the public are advised to stay at the Cenotaph until after the parade has departed.
  • After the service at the Cenotaph, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to lay wreaths. If you wish to lay a wreath, please contact Glyn Gaskell on 07495 020077

Sunday 4 November

Illustrated talk “The Road to the Armistice”

St Laurence’s Church, Union Street, Chorley

As part of the centenary of end of the First World War, come and see the illustrated talk entitled The Road to the Armistice by local WW1 historian, Steve Williams from the Chorley in The Great War Group.  Admission, £2.50

Friday 9 to Thursday 15 November

Rivington Pike Illumination of Remembrance

Chorley’s most visible landmark, Rivington Pike, will be lit with a poppy symbol for the Remembrance Week tribute marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.  Chorley Council has joined up with Horwich Town Council to light the pike.  View the tribute from afar every evening during that week.


Saturday 10 November

Festival of Remembrance 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Chorley town hall

A special evening to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War featuring a combination of music and Act of Remembrance with commentator the Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP. Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start.  Tickets £8 – available from Chorley Council’s Civic Offices on Union Street, Malcolm’s Musicland or The Choral Society on 01772 455185 or 01704 822709.


Sunday 11 November

Remembrance Sunday service and parade 10.10am

Chorley town centre and Astley Park

Please note: These are the new arrangements for the Remembrance Sunday commemoration

10:10am - Parade forms up on the Flat Iron car park, Union Street

10.25am - Short service at the Pals Memorial Statue

10.30am - Parade sets off to the Cenotaph in Astley Park

10.40am - Service of Remembrance to commence at the Cenotaph

11am - Two minute silence followed by laying of wreaths


​All are welcome.  If you wish to lay a wreath, please contact Glyn Gaskell on 07495 020077


Reflection and Remembrance 11.02am – 4.30pm

Astley Hall, Coach House and Park

Astley Hall was donated as a war memorial in 1922 by Sir Reginald Arthur Tatton. After the two minute silence, please join us at Astley to reflect on and remember those we lost. Chorley 100 will open at 11.02am, and there will be a musical performance on the stage within the Garden of Reflection. Children can find out more about WWI as part of a specially made trail within Chorley 100 and there will also be WWI object handling sessions. Also, watch the beautiful documentary exploring the symbolism behind the newly created Garden of Reflection. Within the Hall, visit the Memorial Room and Townley Parker Room to discover more about Susannah Knight and her golden memorial books and view the roll of honour. Discover the memorial stone within the Walled Garden, commissioned in 2014 to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the Great War.


Armistice Concert 7pm

Chorley town hall

An evening of music by Leyland Band, Lancashire monologues and poetry from the Chorley Pals Memorial Trust.  Tickets £10 from Malcolm's Musicland, Chapel Street, Chorley PR7 1BW or by calling 0300 2011916​