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Mayor Congratulates Warriors
Tuesday 30th August, 2011

Mayor Congratulates Warriors
Mayor Cllr Joy Birch and consort Albert Bradley at the DW Stadium with Lord Peter Smith, leader Wigan Council and other guests including Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan

Cllr Joy Birch, Mayor of Wigan, has congratulated the victorious Wigan Warriors on their success in the Challenge Cup at Wembley.

Receiving the team at a Civic Reception at the DW Stadium, Cllr Birch said: “Sport is deep in the heart of borough and we rightly celebrate every team and every success. But this weekend, we salute the Warriors on their amazing return to Wembley and their victory.”

Wigan returned to Wembley after a 13 year gap and beat Leeds 28-18. They returned home on Sunday and toured the town in a bus before appearing to rapturous crowds in the DW Stadium. Council leaders and MPs met the players afterwards.

The Mayor urges everyone to continue to keep the whole of the borough on the national sporting map with the bid for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

The Back the Bid campaign was endorsed by players and managers alike at the DW Stadium and although there is tough competition from other areas including St Helens, Warrington and from across the Pennines, the weekend’s Cup success is being seen as a major boost for Wigan.

Wigan Council and PCT Chief Executive Joyce Redfearn said: “We wish our rival bidders well but the strength of our bid makes us believe that Wigan Borough will be a World Cup winner!”

Warriors star Sam Tomkins added: “Come on Wigan Borough. Sport is a fantastic way of bringing people together and this event really would be a massive boost to both the borough’s community spirit and the local economy as well. It’s going to brilliant to see this event come home and we’re all backing the bid!”

You can pledge your support for Wigan Borough’s bid to host the Rugby League World by leaving a message on the Back the Bid Facebook site.

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