The team behind Chorley’s recent war memorial improvements are appealing for photographs of the fallen from the town to create a lasting tribute.

Organisers of the Chorley Remembers project have issued an appeal for photographs of men from the area who died in conflicts over the years.

The idea is to create a Remembrance Wall in a permanent exhibition to be opened in the Coach House at Astley Hall early next year.

The appeal follows on from the unveiling of the new war memorial in Astley Park on Remembrance Sunday. This commemorates 738 men from the town who fell in conflicts over the last 98 years.

The idea for the wall has come from the project manager, Steve Williams, who is also a World War One historian and author.

He, said: “I visit the Somme battlefield in France on a regular basis, in the visitor centre at the Thiepval there is a large panel with photographs of 600 of the 72,000 men commemorated on the adjacent memorial.

“My idea is to create a similar montage in the new exhibition, but not just of the men from the First World War, nor just from the town.

“We would welcome receiving photographs and details of men who are commemorated on the new memorial, as well as on local church and village war memorials.”

For inclusion on the wall, photographs should be sent by the January 3.

The project can be contacted on 0845 467 1916 or via e-mail to