Flying the flag for our brave forces

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EVEN before Saturday’s borough-wide festivities celebrating Armed Forces Day, local communities had been flying the flag for our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen and women.

Leyland Park in Hindley and Leigh Sports Village have already hosted major events honouring armed service personnel past and present.

Armed Forces Day 2013 in Wigan

Armed Forces Day 2013 in Wigan

The Forces in the Park event in Hindley saw a fly-past by the Red Arrows, bands play, memorabilia displayed and numerous veterans, cadets and current members of the armed services in attendance

And North Leigh Park Group Limited (NLPGL) also extended its hospitality to the Veterans’ Council to enjoy the Leigh Centurions versus York City Knights match.

Members were joined at the rugby by Leigh MP Andy Burnham, the Deputy Mayor of Wigan, the Mayor of York, the Sheriff of York, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Janet Gorry, the CEO of the Veterans Council. All were treated to a three-course meal and the exclusive use of NLPGL’s corporate box for the day.

Des White, Chair of the Wigan Borough Veterans Council, said: “We are very grateful that our work with veterans is being recognised, and the promotion of our cause, it is invaluable to a charity such as ours.

“Returning to civilian life after long periods on tour can often prove extremely difficult for servicemen and women – especially so if they have had a particularly traumatic experience.

“We seek to be there for them when it gets too difficult, and hopefully allow them to have a fulfilling and positive life in the community once more.”

As part of the day’s proceedings NLPGL worked with the Veterans Council and Leigh Sport Village to organise a parade of 60 veterans around the stadium to military music at half time.