Celebration year is drawing closer

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Arrangement are well under way for a major celebration of a key business group’s centenary.

Hundreds of Lancashire businessmen and women will celebrate the launch of North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s (NWLCC) centenary on Tuesday January 19.

There will be a full civic proclamation followed by a Celebratory Church Service at the Preston Minster.

The event, beginning on Preston’s Flag Market, will officially kick-start a year of celebrations hosted by the Chamber.

NWLCC chief executive Babs Murphy, who will give an address to the congregation during the church service, said: “There is a great deal to celebrate this year. This Chamber has done so much for so many businesses over its 100-year lifetime and continues to fervently serve the interests of the region’s business.

“I urge all businesses, not just members of the Chamber, to come along and show your support.”

The Chamber has appointed two Centenary Patrons who both have historical connections to the organisation. Moore & Smalley, founding auditors and The Royal Bank of Scotland, founding bankers who have played an integral part in the Chamber’s 100-year history.

Moore and Smalley’s Managing Partner, Graham Gordon said: “We have a long and happy association with North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and we are very proud to be able to celebrate the centenary year with them.”

Stephen Ford at the Royal Bank of Scotland, who has also been named as a centenary patron, said: “We are proud to support our chamber in this auspicious year.

“We have worked alongside the chamber since its inception 100 years ago.”