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Come join the Book Bench Trail

One of the benches on display this year

Decorated benches will once again be installed in a number of locations across Chorley town centre ahead of 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 being held on Saturday 28 April organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network.

The colourful works of art form a Book Bench Trail through the town centre which people can enjoy from Friday 13 April leading up to the event and then for the week following. As part of the trail visitors will have to find the benches and answer questions on the design and theme of the bench for a chance to win a book.

Children from 12 local schools have designed the benches and the quiz trail with the help of students from Edge Hill University Primary English team. The trail leaflets will be available from Friday 13 April from all the participating What’s Your Story, Chorley? Venues with each bench also having a QR code attached containing more information.

Rebecca Huddleston, Director at Chorley Council, said: “The book benches last year added so much to the town centre and attracted a lot of attention. It’s great that we will have new benches and that more schools have got involved this year. The project has been great to engage the children with reading. We would like to thank the students from Edge Hill University who have helped the children to create this year’s book benches and trail.

“The youngsters at the schools have researched books and designed and decorated the benches which the schools have loaned to us for the trail. The benches add lots of colour around the town 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 three week period, and there’s a trail quiz for youngsters to take part in, which they can pick up from all the What’s Your Story, Chorley? venues.”

For more information about the event visit the website checkoutchorley.com/whatsyourstory, search for What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2018 on Facebook

* Chorley Library, Union Street

* Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street

* Royal Bank of Scotland, Market Street

* The Buttonhole, Chapel Street

* Homestart, Market Street

* Rosie Posies, Farrington Street

* Ebb & Flo, Gillibrand Street

* St Laurence’s Church, Union Street

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