|Wigan Borough remembers
Thousands of people are expected to attend events in Wigan Borough to mark Remembrance Sunday (November 9).
And the Mayor, who will lay a wreath at the war memorial outside Wigan Parish church, has urged the public to support the occasion in the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One.
Councillor Phyll Cullen said: “Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for all of us to remember those who died in service to their country. This year’s events will be especially poignant as it is 100 years since the start of World War One.
“I’d encourage everyone to attend a service or observe a parade as it’s a chance to reflect on the tremendous debt we owe our Armed Forces and the huge sacrifice many men and women have made in the line of duty so we all can enjoy peace and freedom.
“During this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, we’ve learnt that the conflict touched communities right across Wigan Borough and this Remembrance Sunday there are events happening in every corner of the borough. I’d urged everyone to show their support.”
Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday of November each year. The events mark the contribution and sacrifice of members of the armed forces who have died since World War One. The Mayor will lead events in Wigan town centre while the Deputy Mayor will lead events in Leigh town centre.
In Tyldesley, where work on the Leigh guided busway has been taking place, Hough Lane will be accessible for the traditional procession to Market Square, which will also be accessible for the Remembrance service.
Armistice Day takes place on 11 November with a two minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when World War One ended.