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Remembering the First World War centenary this Remembrance Sunday

Residents, business owners and councillors will unite in silence to honour the fallen at Remembrance Sunday events being held across the borough. Taking place on Sunday 11th November, this year’s Remembrance Day will be especially poignant as 2018 is the centenary year of the First World War.

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Sue Greensmith, will lay a wreath at the Wigan service on behalf of Wigan Borough residents.  There will be two main parades, one in Wigan town centre and one in Leigh town centre. Both will begin at 10:30am prompt.

The Wigan parade will leave the town hall on Library Street and will culminate at Wigan Parish Church. A two minutes’ silence will be observed at 11am before the Last Post is sounded.

The Leigh parade will assemble at Marsh Gymnasium on Ullswater Street and will culminate at the Cenotaph in Church Street gardens. Councillor David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Remembrance Sunday is always very well attended throughout the borough and I’m sure this year will be no different. “The council is committed to supporting the armed forces community and this year is particularly special as we acknowledge 100 years since World War One.

“I will attend the Ince ceremony this year and hope to see many members of the public showing their support too borough-wide.”

The parade in Wigan will be brought to attention by Parade Marshall Bill Ingham blowing a whistle. And, in acknowledgement of the centenary year, Wigan Council has arranged for a number of silhouettes to be installed on benches and pews in and around the church grounds ahead of Remembrance Sunday. `

Local community groups and councillors have also been involved in projects to install willow statues, benches and memorial gardens across the borough to commemorate the extreme bravery of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

There are twelve more parades and ceremonies taking place across the borough, including; Abram, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince-in-Makerfield, Lowton, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish and Tyldesley.

To find out the arrangements of your local service, please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/RemembranceRoutes

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