Sir Bill’s love of Chorley

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Eng­land Rugby Union legend Bill Beau­mont has long been charmed by Chorley. The chair­man of World Rugby, who re­cently re­ceived a knight­hood in the Queen’s New Year Hon­ours list, may be known for his im­pres­sive sport­ing ca­reer that has taken him around the world. But he is equally proud of the Chorley busi­ness run by his fam­ily. In fact, the Beau­mont fam­ily name is not just fa­mous for sport but is also a well-re­spected player in the Lan­cashire tex­tile in­dus­try.

The roots of Bill Beau­mont Textiles go back to 1888 when Towns Green Mill in Dole Lane in Chorley was taken over by Joseph Har­g­reaves, Bill’s great-great grand­fa­ther. The busi­ness, now in Froom Street, has de­vel­oped hugely over the years and continues to thrive in the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally with Bill’s son, Daniel, at the helm.

For Sir Bill, Chorley will al­ways be a spe­cial place. ‘It is the peo­ple who make Chorley so spe­cial, it is their warmth and friendly na­ture,’ he said. ‘I’ve al­ways been very proud the busi­ness is lo­cated there there and I love to see the town do­ing so well. It is a place that has changed but if you look around, you still get that strong Lan­cashire spirit. There is beau­ti­ful coun­try­side sur­round­ing it, too. It has so much to of­fer.

‘I pop back some­times and ev­ery­one is al­ways very wel­com­ing. I love going to Han­d­leys Bak­ery in Pall Mall. It’s a crack­ing place. I’ll al­ways have a lot of happy mem­o­ries of Chorley. It’s a won­der­ful town.’

Sir Bill Beau­mont with his wife, Lady Hi­lary and son Daniel

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