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Cross marks the spot

Chorley United Reformed Church, Lancashire, believes it has painted itself into history by producing a giant white cross in its car park – large enough to be seen from the sky.

 URC minister, the Revd Martin Whiffen, together with three volunteers, set to work just before Easter with paint and brushes. The result is a cross – 25 metres long and 10 metres wide – thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK.

It will mean that anyone looking at an aerial online view of the area – once Google Earth images are updated – or passing over in a plane or hot-air balloon, will instantly be able to pick out the church.

Martin, who is pictured in orange overalls with his painting team, said: “We thought it would be a fun, modern and effective way of advertising the church and the town. A lot of people use Google Earth to help them explore Britain and the huge cross will draw their attention to us, and hopefully the work we do. We believe this is the first time this has ever been done in Britain and it’s already generated a lot of interest.”

Martin and the other volunteers – Brian Darbyshire, Brian Longton and Brian Riding – are now waiting for Google Earth images to be updated to capture the cross.

The church, in Hollinshead Street, Chorley, is one of the largest United Reformed Churches in North West England; it has two choirs and its young people have just formed an eight-strong puppet group.

www.chorleyurc.org

Photo credit: Jim Turberfield.