PM invited to vets day

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THE PRIME Minister has been invited to attend a ceremony in Wigan to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the first Gulf War.

Wigan Borough Veterans’ Council said they have been amazed by the support for the event.

Des White, chairman of the council, said: “When we decided to hold this ceremony we knew we would be one of the only organisations in the country doing so, but awe are now pretty sure that nobody else in the UK is doing this.

“Things have just got bigger and bigger and now The National Gulf Veterans and Families Association, based in Hull, are coming to Wigan to join our ceremony.

“So rather than the relatively local event it originally was it has gone national. We have invited local dignitaries, MPs and even the Prime Minister, David Cameron.”

The service will be held on February 20 at Leigh Parish Church from 12pm to 1pm and a function room at The Boar’s Head Pub has been donated for those attending to gather both before and after the event.

Mr White said: “It is important that we don’t let this occasion pass by without note and let those who served in the forces during the Gulf War know that we still think about them and that their sacrifices have not been forgotten.

“Anybody can attend the service.”

The veterans’ council, which is in the process of expanding its services across the North West, offers help and support to former serving personnel and their families from finding housing and employment to providing counselling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For more information visit www.veteranscouncil.org.uk or call 01942 861019.