|Put Armed Forces Day 2019 in your diary now!
Armed Forces Day will return to the borough this June with a family event in Wigan town centre.
Residents, visitors, businesses and families are being encouraged to save Saturday 29th June in their diaries early to ensure they do not miss out on a day of activity, community cohesion and most importantly, support for the armed forces community in Wigan Borough.
The annual Wigan Council organised event will be held between 10am and 4pm in the new Market Place area of the town centre.
Veterans are encouraged to enjoy a free breakfast on Believe Square from 9am ahead of the parade, which will start on Crompton Street at 10:30am and will end at Wigan Parish Church.
A family fun day will then be held along the town centre high street between throughout the day and residents are invited to celebrate the dedication and hard-work of the local armed forces community.
There will be ample opportunities for residents to reflect on the day, including the use of a World War One simulation dome, which has been provided by Leigh Community Trust.
The experience allows curious visitors to stand inside and experience the virtual reality of a World War One trench complete with sights and sounds, giving people a minor insight into the terrible conditions our soldiers endured.
There will also be a visual World War One field hospital display complete with military vehicles, information stalls, face painting and a climbing wall for the younger generation to take advantage of.
Speaking ahead of the celebrations, Councillor Clive Morgan, lead member for armed forces at Wigan Council said: “Armed Forces Day is always a special day and this year is no exception.
"The event is a fantastic way for us to stand in solidarity together and to thank our veterans and serving personnel for their continuous sacrifices to keep our country safe.
“We hope that as many people as possible come out to line the streets and show support for the huge armed forces community in our borough.”
Armed Forces Day 2019 will be held in Wigan town centre this year due to works taking place at Leigh town hall. The scaffolding and fencing in place will restrict the space available for a quality event in Leigh.
For more information about the event, follow Wigan Council’s social media pages.