Offenders’ party to support royals

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WIGAN offenders will show their support for Prince William and his bride-to-be by holding a party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Offenders, supervised by Wigan Probation Service through its rehabilitation programme, will be cooking and serving food for the community at Worsley Mesnes Club, off Poolstock Lane, on April 29.

The club will be decorated in English bunting and a large TV screen will be showing the televised wedding ceremony. And after the nuptials, the community can celebrate with a buffet and bingo.

Jean Heaton, unpaid work supervisor with Greater Manchester Probation Trust, said: “The offenders who regularly work here for the lunch club Saturday to Thursday said they would volunteer to come in on the Friday, when we are not normally open. It is good for the offenders as people see them doing good work and also good for the older people who use the lunch club.

“The offenders get a lot out of working with the community and they will enjoy celebrating the Royal Wedding, which is part of their national pride. We are going to have a big screen so people can watch the wedding together, which is better than them being sat at home watching it alone.

“We will have a buffet and we will also have all the bunting in the room, which will be nice. The community, especially the older residents, are absolutely thrilled and I am looking forward to it.”

The party will be open to any members of the community, but entry is allowed through tickets only, priced at £5 from the club.