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D-Day history Comes Alive at Wigan Marketplace
Tuesday 24th May, 2011

D-Day history Comes Alive at Wigan Marketplace
Last year’s celebrations

Wigan is celebrating the extraordinary courage of those who fought in the battle of Normandy.

On Monday June 6, a spitfire, military vehicles, Griffon engines and equipment used in World War 2 will be on display at Wigan Market Place so the public can see at close hand just what went into the work of defending the nation in the nation’s darkest hours.

There will also be a fantastic programme of free events for the whole family to enjoy.

The celebration begins at 10.30am with a pipes and drums marching band leading the Royal British Legion Standards on parade from Standishgate to the Parish Church.

And if the weather is fine, visitors can expect an RAF flyover from Squadron 99 and its Globemaster transport plane.

The Army, Veterans, RAF, Freemasons, Royal British Legion and BETA will all be taking part during the day’s activities.

Wigan Council's deputy leader Cllr David Molyneux says: "The spitfire and vehicle displays are sure to interest the borough's history enthusiasts. Come along on the day and learn some of the extraordinary stories of the men and women involved in the Second World War – Wigan and the nation will never forget their bravery."

The RAF Cranwell College Band will also be performing at the Parish Church in the evening, with a concert starting at 7pm. Concert tickets cost £10 and are available from the Grand Arcade.

For further information on the concert, please call 01942 244459.

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