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Chorley memorial arch gets revamp
Astley Park’s historic memorial arch has been restored with a £53,000 facelift.
The imposing gateway which commemorates those who died in the First World War, has had vital work carried out to protect it for the next 50 years.
The restoration work has been done as part of the Chorley Remembers Project and was supported by Chorley Council which owns and manages Astley Park.
Work has included some stones being repaired and new stones carved to match the original, repairing the gates, painting them and rehanging them with new metal runners.
The top of the arch was lifted, repaired, r-laid and capped to stop water getting in.
The cobbles have been re-laid and new drainage installed and the walls either side of the arch have been cleaned and repointed.
Chairman of the Chorley Remembers Project is the town’s MP Lindsay Hoyle, who said: “The work is part of our project in Chorley to commemorate those people from the borough who have lost their lives in conflicts across the world.
“We’ve also installed the memorial to the Chorley Pals on the Flat Iron, redone the cenotaph in the park adding the names of all those who have died, and we’ve created the Chorley Remembers Experience at the Coach House next to Astley Hall.
“We are delighted to have had the support of Chorley Council on all the projects.
“This arch is a very important part of the town’s history which is why we as a group felt it was important to restore it to its former glory and protect it for many years to come.”
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