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Chorley Live scoops top award

Representatives from the council and creative network collecting the award – Nigel Stewart (second left) and Councillor Alistair Bradley (far right)

A popular event that brings thousands of people into Chorley town centre for a weekend of entertainment has scooped a prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award.

Chorley Live beat off stiff competition from top attractions across the county to scoop the ‘Small Event Award’ showing that the town is a great place to enjoy a night out.

The event has been running for six years and brings a variety of live entertainment to venues across the town centre ranging from the pubs and restaurants to the library, churches and even a bank.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re delighted that Chorley Live has won this prestigious award.

“We’re doing lots of work to improve our town centre and putting on events like this all helps to attract new people, gives those visiting a good experience and helps to support the local economy.

“That’s why we are now seeing a new cinema and the likes of M&S coming here because they can see that it is a great place to invest.

“This award just goes to show that Chorley is one of the best places in Lancashire to come for a night out.”

The event is organised jointly by Chorley Council and the Creative Network – the format is the idea of founder Nigel Stewart who has had the vision to establish the event and see it grow into one of the best in the North West.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked to win the award – not because we didn’t deserve it but I’ve seen this through right from an idea in my head through to a major festival and to now get recognition like this is beyond my wildest dreams,” said Nigel.

“There are so many benefits to Chorley Live – it offers something different to get people into the town centre and gives the local economy a big boost, it gives acts a stage to perform on so they can develop their talent and it gives people a great night of entertainment.

“People have said to me it’s like sprinkling a bit of magic over the town centre and that just about sums it up – we get three generations of the family out in Chorley town centre on a Friday and Saturday night and everyone just loves it.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the event along the way from the venues and performers right through to the many volunteers who give up their time to make this happen.”

The event will return on 4 and 5 October in 2019 and you can learn more about it at chorleylive.com.

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