Fallen soldiers never forgotten

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POIGNANT parades marked Wigan’s Remembrance Sunday.

Old soldiers and widows, sons and daughters, friends and families gathered at War Memorials across the borough to remember the dead of both World Wars and more recent and ongoing conflicts.

Fallen soldier Steven Darbyshire's youngest son Callum lays a wreath

Fallen soldier Steven Darbyshire's youngest son Callum lays a wreath

Wreaths were respectfully laid with pride and thanksgiving for the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of men and women across the borough.

With the renewed emotion generated by the death of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sale of poppies and donations to the fund have topped all expectations, and the appeal this year nationwide is on target to top the £40m mark. Mayor of Wigan Coun Joy Birch led the principal Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial in the shelter of Wigan Parish Church in All Saints Gardens.

This was preceded by a procession from Wigan Town Hall, and then along Library Street, King Street and Crawford Street.

The two minutes’ silence was observed at 11am, preceded by the sound of the Last Post, and ending with Reveille.

There were events in all communities, led by dignitaries and veterans at various times across the borough.

Parades and wreath laying also took place at Golborne and St Helens.