Wigan borough will unite in silence to honour the fallen at this year’s Remembrance Sunday events.
On Sunday November 13 dignitaries and local councillors will join with residents to honour the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the two world wars and recent conflicts.
Lord Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Remembrance Sunday is always very well attended throughout the borough and I’m sure this year will be no different.
“The ceremonies are becoming especially poignant each year as fewer of those who served in the Second World War remain with us.
“Through the armed forces covenant, the council is committed to supporting veterans and the armed forces in our communities. Our support for Remembrance Sunday is a key part of that.”
Lord Smith and the High Sheriff, Lady Smith will be at the Remembrance Parade in Leigh and Wigan Mayor Coun Ron Conway and chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall will attend the Wigan service.
The parade will be brought to attention by Parade Marshall Bill Ingham blowing a whistle.
Events and planned routes scheduled across the borough for Sunday, November 13 are:
The parade will assemble in the car park of St John’s School, Simpkin Street at 9.45am then proceed at 10am along Warrington Road for the Service at 10.30am in St John’s Parish Church. After the service, the parade will reassemble outside the Church and proceed to St John’s School for dispersal.
The procession will assemble at the Beeches (former Wigan Groundwork Trust), Wigan Road, Ashton at 10am for 10.15am when a wreath will be laid at the Garswood Hall war memorial.
The procession will then reform and proceed to St Thomas’s Church for the service at 10.50am via Wigan Road, Gerard Street and Warrington Road. After the service, wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph. The procession then reassembling at Violet Street and proceeding via Warrington Road and Bryn Street continuing up the A49 Wigan Road to Ashton Library for the March Past and Salute, continuing to Osborne Road for dispersal.
A service will be held at the war memorial, Finger Post, commencing at 10.50am.
A procession will leave the Sumner Street headquarters of the British Legion at 10.45am and proceed along Scot Lane for a Service at the War Memorial.
Please note there will be no parade from Cale Lane headquarters of the New Springs Soldiers and Sailors’ Club.
At 10.10am assemble at Atherton Collieries, Alder Street for departure at 10.20am prompt.
Wreaths will be laid by members of the council and various organisations. The parade will leave via Alder Street, turn left onto High Street and turn right on to Tyldesley Road, stopping at the Baptist Church Memorial. Proceed on Tyldesley Road via Market Street and Leigh Road to the Cenotaph.
Return – reassemble on Leigh Road, circumnavigate the cenotaph and return along Hamilton Street to the junction with Tyldesley Road, turn left onto Tyldesley Road, right at bollards onto High Street, right onto Alder Street to the Atherton Collieries. The parade will be dismissed at Atherton Collieries.
A service of remembrance will be held at Golborne War Memorial, Barn Lane, Golborne at 2.30pm. It will be preceded by a procession from the Legh Court car park, Legh Street, Golborne, assembling at 2.15pm prompt. The service will be conducted by the Clergy of Golborne, after which wreaths will be laid by Wigan Mayor Counc Ron Conway on behalf of the council, other organisations taking part and members of the public.
At 10am the procession assembles in the Market Square/council car park on Cross Street, Hindley. At 10.40am the procession leaves the assembly point and proceeds along Morris Street to Wigan Road proceeding to the war memorial on the corner of Atherton Road and Liverpool Road outside St Peter’s Church. A service is held at the memorial together with the wreath laying ceremony.
The procession then proceeds along Atherton Road to George Street and to All Saints Church where a service will be held.
Following the service in All Saints Church, the procession re-assembles on George Street/Chapel Green Road and continues along Chapel Green Road, turns left onto Bridge Street, continues along Market Street, turns right onto Cross Street, left onto Morris Street and ends on the town hall car park for the National Anthem and dispersal.
A service of remembrance will be held in Ince-in-Makerfield when a member of the council and representatives of other organisations will lay wreaths.
There will be a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Ince Cemetery, Lower Ince at 10.15am followed by a Divine Service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am.
There will also be divine service at Ince Parish Church at 10.45am.
There will then be a service and wreath laying ceremony at 12 noon in the garden of remembrance, Smithy Green, Higher Ince.
The parade will assemble at Leigh Pentecostal Church, Ullswater Street, Leigh at 10.15am proceeding at 10.30am to the Cenotaph in Church Street Gardens via Railway Road, Market Street, Lord Street, Charles Street and Church Street. The service at the Cenotaph will be conducted by the Clergy of Leigh during which wreaths will be laid by the various organisations. The Deputy Mayor of Wigan Coun Bill Clarke will lay the wreath on behalf of the council.
There will be a return procession at the conclusion of the service, the route to be taken via Church Street, Vernon Street, Bradshawgate, Market Street and St Mary’s Way to the town hall square. A salute will be taken on the town hall square when the parade passes along Market Street and those assembled on the town hall square will be thanked for their attendance.
A service of remembrance will be held at St Mary`s Church, Newton Road, Lowton at 10.30am preceded by an assembly in the schoolyard at 10.20am. After the service, a representative of the council and other organisations taking part will lay wreaths.
The parade will assemble at 10.30am on Walthew Lane at its cul-de-sac end near Elm Street. The procession will proceed at 10.40am along Walthew Lane to its junction with the A58 Liverpool Road. The procession turns right onto Liverpool Road and proceeds to Stephen Street junction then turns left onto Stephen Street and proceeds turns right onto Davies Street and proceeds to its junction with Neville Street where the Cenotaph/war memorial is situated for the laying of wreaths at 10.50am.
Following the laying of wreaths, the procession turns left onto the A58 Liverpool Road and continues north to Church Road. The procession turns right onto Church Road and proceeds to St Nathaniel’s Church for the church service. After the service the parade will reassemble and proceed back along the same route to the cul-de-sac end of Walthew Lane for dispersal.
Assemble outside Bewley’s in Broad O’th Lane, Shevington at 10.30am proceeding at 10.45am to assemble at Shevington memorial in the park at the corner of Church Lane. The ceremony commences at 10.55am followed by a service at St Anne’s Church.
The parade will assemble at Cross Street, Standish at 10.30am proceeding at 10.40am from Standish Unity Club along Market Place, Market Street and High Street, to the war memorial at the junction of High Street/Church Street. After the service the parade will reform and return along Church Street to Market Place to be followed by an all denomination service at St Wilfred’s Church, Standish.
The parade will assemble on the Market Square at 10.05am, proceeding at 10.15am to the Cenotaph Tyldesley Cemetery via Elliott Street, Manchester Road and Hough Lane. The service at the Cenotaph will be conducted by a member of the clergy during, which wreaths will be laid by the various organisations.
Following the service, there will be a return procession to the Market Square via Hough Lane, Manchester Road and Elliott Street. As the Parade passes the town hall, a salute will be taken by ward councillors and senior ex-servicemen.
The procession will leave the town hall in Library Street at 10.30am prompt and will proceed along Library Street, Rodney Street, King Street, Wallgate, King Street West and Crawford Street to the War Memorial in All Saints’ Gardens. The two minutes silence will be observed at 11.00am preceded by the sounding of the Last Post and ending with Reveille. Following the sounding of Reveille Wigan Mayor Coun Ron Conway will lay a wreath on the war memorial on behalf of the inhabitants of Wigan to be followed by representatives of the various organisations.
The ceremony will be concluded with the national anthem. The procession will then proceed into the parish church for the service.
There will be no return procession to the town hall at the conclusion of the service, but the Mayor will take the salute from the saluting base in Market Street (opposite the Queen’s Hall) as the service personnel parade by.