Two northern regiments are due to be acknowledged thanks to their dedication to Wigan Borough and the country.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and The Queen’s Own Yeomanry have been selected by the leader of Wigan Council to be celebrated with their own stars as a result of their long lasting links with Wigan Borough.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is the Infantry Regiment of the North West and is made up of two regular battalions and one reserve battalion.
In 2013, both regular battalions served in Afghanistan. Although the regiments recruit from all over the country, Wigan Borough has been a major location for recruitment over the years.
The Queen’s Own Yeomanry is the reserve Cavalry Regiment. Its role involves operating in front of other friendly forces to gather intelligence on the enemy and the environment.
They have had links with Wigan since their founding in 1971 and have a squadron based in the borough.
Their stars will be installed at a ceremony on 29th October and will sit pride of place in Believe Square in the heart of Wigan town centre among legends including Sir Ian McKellen, Roberto Martinez and community pillars such as Barbara Nettleton and Trish Green.
Leader of the council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “We are privileged to have such strong connections with these two regiments.
“In recognition of their extreme bravery, dedication and commitment, we wanted to present them with their own stars, which will sit in Wigan for years to come.
“The ongoing links the borough has with these two regiments is testament to the strong-willed and patriotic nature of the borough’s people.
“The Believe stars are an acknowledgement of support toward the local community and acts as a ‘thank-you’ for the positive change and pride people have brought to the borough.
“These stars demonstrate our commitment to supporting the armed forces community and what a better time to do this than during the centenary year of World War One.”
Wigan Council began recognising pivotal people in Wigan Borough with stars in 2011.