Chorley hosting firework display for Mayflower 400 launch

Nov 04, 2019

Chorley will be holding a special event later this month to kick-start the Lancashire town's participation in the national Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Indeed, 2020 marks 400 years since the Mayflower set sail with the Pilgrims to find land in America - and one of the people on board, Myles Standish, is believed to have been born and lived in Chorley.

The year-long programme of events in Chorley officially starts on Saturday 9 November when St Laurence's Church - a key location on the heritage trail of Standish - will be lit up in style.

Lincoln Shields, chair of the Myles Standish 2020 Working Group, said: "We've been building up to this moment for a long time and we can't wait to get started.

"The church is the perfect location with its links to the Standish family, and it's something everyone will be welcome to attend.

"Both St Laurence's Church and the Town Hall will be lit, with a firework display at 6.40pm to mark the start of the anniversary celebrations."


The main entertainment will then be inside the church, with the first act of a three-part drama series telling the story of Myles Standish.

It has been specially commissioned as part of the year-long programme of events and will be performed by local drama group, CADOS.

Refreshments will be available at the church from 6pm, with people gathering at 6.30pm outside the Town Hall, where a few introductory words will be said before the firework display from the church and drama act inside. The event will then finish at 7.30pm.

The next Mayflower 400 event in Chorley will be Astley Illuminated on Saturday 23 November, being held at Astley Hall.

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