THESE Wigan mums are supporting their sons in the wake of jobs cuts in the armed forces.
Members of Army Mums UK, set up by Sonia Lomax, of Poolstock, organised a vigil at the war memorial, outside Wigan Parish Church, to oppose Ministry of Defence cuts and job losses.
They held a two-minute silence and released balloons in memory of those who have lost their lives, before marching to Market Place.
Sonia’s son, Daniel Cunliffe, 21, is based at Weeton Barracks with the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - one of the regiments to be axed. She said: “We need to show our support to the guys who are losing their jobs and show respect to those who have lost their lives.”
Helen White, 48, of Abram, has two sons, Kieran, 20, and Chris, 24, in the army. She said: “Kieran is a royal engineer and his regiment in Northern Ireland was disbanded.
“He has gone to a new regiment, but there is a chance that will go too. He is really disheartened about it all.
“Chris is attached to an army bomb disposal unit at Catterick and that is okay at the moment, but we don’t know if any jobs are safe.”
Sandra Taylor’s son Danny, 25, is working in Gibraltar with the royal engineers.
She said: “My son’s job is safe, but I am showing support to others who aren’t as lucky. These men have joined up for their country.”
Gary Brewer, 47, of Warrington, was a member of the Royal Battalion Fusiliers until it disbanded after the first Gulf War.
He said: “We want to stop the cuts. The soldiers have gone to Afghanistan knowing they will come back to a P45.
“We are here to show our disgust at the government.”
The vigil was part of a national protest, held at the Cenotaph in London and at war memorials across the country.