Chorley festival is live and soul of the party

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Thousands of people enjoyed the sights and sounds of Chorley Live over the weekend.

The event, which was organised by Chorley Council and the Creative Network, saw performers playing at cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Visitors came from all over the country, organisers said.

The Floyd Band

The Floyd Band

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re delighted that so many people came out to enjoy Chorley Live after its amazing success last year. It attracted thousands of people into the town centre over the weekend and there was a brilliant atmosphere enjoyed by people of all ages.

“It brought a real community spirit back into the town centre and with all the venues working together we achieved something special that we can continue to build on to support the night-time economy.”

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, who has developed the ‘Live’ concept, said this was the biggest and most successful event so far.

He said: “It’s a huge effort to pull off an event like this and I’d like to thank all those who took part and gave up their time, whether as performers, sound crew, security, or other volunteers. It takes an army of people to make it all happen and we are very grateful.

Chorley Live music festival, taking place in venues across the town.'Connor Banks on stage.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-10-2014

Chorley Live music festival, taking place in venues across the town.'Connor Banks on stage. PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-10-2014

“I was blown away by the feedback we’ve had and it was topped off by an amazing performance by The Floyd Band who had people queuing outside to see them perform.

“The great thing about this type of event is that it really is win-win for everyone. The local businesses will have all done well out of it, and the people who attended have enjoyed a fantastic weekend’s entertainment but, just as importantly, it’s brought the creative community in this area together.

“Some of the performers are just gobsmackingly amazing and it’s events like this that give people a platform to perform and gain confidence in their ability, and I’m sure some of those that people have seen in Chorley this weekend will go on to be stars of the entertainment industry.”

“The depth of local talent is amazing. Virtually everybody who played at the festival lives within 15 miles of Chorley, but we were able to get every kind of music imaginable plus a whole host of additional acts like the percussion troupes, illusionists, circus acts and choirs.”