DECORATED benches were installed in a number of locations across Chorley town centre in the lead up to the town’s popular annual festival of words.

The benches designed and decorated by local primary school pupils will play a major part in the What’s Your Story, Chorley?  event on Saturday 1 April and organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network.

The works of art formed a Book Bench Trail through the town centre which people can enjoy in the run up to the event and for the week following. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees events for Chorley Council, said: “Our event, What’s Your Story, Chorley? is becoming increasingly popular each year. We have a range of fantastic contributors who will entertain families throughout the day at venues around the town centre.

“Also this year, for the first time, we have joined forces with Edge Hill University to create the book bench trail as an added dimension for people to enjoy.

“The youngsters at the schools have researched books and designed and decorated the benches which the schools have loaned to us for the trail. This is something new for Chorley and I would urge people to come along and have a look at their hard work – we have a lot of talented young artists in Chorley!

“The benches will be on display for a two week period, and there’s a trail quiz for youngsters which they can pick up from Chorley Library. Also, if people come along to Cleveland Street by the covered market on the day of What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday 1 April, they will be able to help design and decorate a community bench of our own.”

Nigel Stewart, from The Creative Network, said: “The event this year will be our best yet with some first class authors, actors, storytellers, lyricists and musicians performing at venues across the town centre.

“This year as well, we’ll have the book benches as an added attraction and we are delighted to be also joined by the Cartwright Drama Studio, set up by internationally acclaimed writer and producer Jim Cartwright, and their youth group will be performing a mix of materials they have written themselves and published works at their studio in High Street from 2pm to 4pm. So the whole event promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

For more information about the event visit the website chorley.gov.uk, search for What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2017 on Facebook, or pick up a schedule from any of the venues:

  • Chorley Library, Union Street
  • Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Market Street
  • The Buttonhole, Chapel Street
  • Bubble ‘N’ Shake, Market Street
  • Rosie Posies, Farrington Street
  • St Laurence’s Church, Union Street