WIGAN’S great sporting achievements now have a long lasting prominence in the town centre as a new landmark has been opened.
Believe Square, located in front of Wigan Life Centre North, was launched particularly to mark the borough’s success in football and rugby last year.
Two signs now stand in the piazza – one which features a timeline of the borough’s sporting achievements of 2013, including Latics winning the FA Cup and Wigan Warriors claiming the Super League Grand Final and the Challenge Cup titles – and another officially naming the area.
Warriors general rugby manager Kris Radlinski and Latics captain Emmerson Boyce were among the sporting celebs on hand.
Youngsters took part in a Believe Talent Show 2014. Judges include Georgia Bithell, winner of this year’s The Max Factor talent show; Coun Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council; and the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Phyllis Cullen. There was also a face-painter, art wall, club mascots, sports activities, and a performance from The Beard Band.
Council deputy leader David Molyneux unveiled the new signs, along with players from Wigan Warriors and Latics, plus brother and sister Mike and Sarah Grundy, who competed in the Commonwealth Games.
Coun Molyneux said: “We are here to remember what Wigan achieved as a borough in 2013, not just in the professional clubs but amateur teams too.
“2013 was a very special year and the Believe campaign was a classic example of the faith people had and Believe Square will carry that on in the future.”
Coun Cullen said she was using the Believe slogan for her Mayoral year, adding: “It is absolutely fantastic the way Wigan Council has coped with all the cut backs and is still giving services to Wigan. This campaign shows that if you believe in yourself, like the sports teams did, you can achieve. It was a privilege to be asked along to the event and the amount of talent – sport or otherwise – is phenomenal.”
Mike Grundy, 27, of Highfield, won bronze in the free-style wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, said: “I think it is brilliant that Wigan Council is helping to inspire the kids and expand our sport in the future.”
Radlinski said: “The square celebrates the tremendous sporting achievements of 2013, with football and rugby league.
“Hopefully we can build on that and add more to this great town.”
Chairman of Wigan Athletic, Dave Whelan, said: “It’s wonderful to see the council working with local clubs to commemorate our sporting achievements.” Coun Ready said: “I think it is brilliant for the people of the town to remember our achievements for the future.
“We have had such amazing year and we hope to emulate it again.”
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