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Somme remembered at Pennington Park party

Wigan Borough residents will come together next weekend as the centenary of World War One celebrations continues in Pennington Hall Park.

Held between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 14th August, the celebration will be an enjoyable day out for the whole family, with military stalls, face painting and displays plus much more.

Wigan Council helped fund and organise the free event, in collaboration with the Friends of Pennington Hall Park and the day will focus on the Battle of the Somme.

Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith and Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Ron Conway, will be at the event to offer their support to the borough’s armed forces community and their families.

At 2pm, there will be a short ceremony where a wreath will be laid to remember those who fell during the Battle of the Somme and Lord Smith will make a short speech.

Councillor Paul Kenny, lead member for armed forces in Wigan Borough said: “We are dedicated to supporting our armed forces community and thanks to the council’s World War One Community Grant; another celebration can take place and help with this.

“We need to do all we can to teach our younger generations about the past and the about the importance of the armed forces. The Pennington Hall Park celebration in 2015 attracted more than 500 people and we can confidently say that this year, even more people are expected.

“I urge everybody to come along on Sunday 14th August and enjoy the commemorations through the tank displays, BBQ and entertainment, whilst also reflecting on the importance of the day.”

Visitors will be treated to a performance from the Hope Carr Morris Dancers group, Bolton Caledonia Pipe Band, Ambil Street Drummers, George Formby Ukulele Society and a brass band concert.

There will also be a field gun demonstration, veteran’s five-a-side football and much more to get involved with.

Wigan Council pledged to spend £250,000 from the World War One Community Grant Scheme between 2014 and 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War.

To find out more about the event visit Penningtons Tea Room on Facebook or call Chris Thomas on 01942 404090.

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