Exhibition showcases Chorley's sporting history

Chorley Citizen: Chorley Panthers RLFC, part of the grassroots sport photography display at the Chorley’s Sporting Life exhibition Chorley Panthers RLFC, part of the grassroots sport photography display at the Chorley’s Sporting Life exhibition

With one month to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, people can share the excitement of Chorley’s sporting past, present and future in a brand new exhibition at Astley Hall.

The Chorley’s Sporting Life and Chorley’s Sporting Hall of Fame exhibition, co-ordinated by Chorley Council, opens to the public on Saturday and will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until August 12.

Through photography and audio presentations, visitors will get a glimpse of local people playing grassroots sports as well as remembering some of Chorley’s current and past sporting legends including our very own Olympic hopeful, Holly Bleasdale, the formidable Bill Beaumont and the current Paralympian 100 metre world record holder, Graeme Ballard.

Visitors will also be able to see a rare piece of football history with a special display dedicated to the Blackpool Champions Cup which was won in 1878 by Chorley Football Club.

Councillor Beverley Murray, who has responsibility for Astley Hall and sports development at Chorley Council, said: “When we first started researching this project, we were pleasantly surprised just how many sports stars hail from the Chorley borough and I think many other people will be too.

“We had over 40 names on our list and you will be able to see photographs of most of them in action as part of the exhibition.”

To complement the exhibition, which will be open from 12 noon until 4.30pm, there will be lots of sports and Olympic-related activities taking place across Astley Park and in the Coach House on the same days that the exhibition is open.

Young people will be able to take part in family walks, a torch parade, a medal treasure hunt and some Olympic games.

Plus there will be arts and craft sessions where young people can make everything from flags to medals to bracelets.

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