WHEN two members of a Wigan veterans’ group met for the first time they had no idea of the relationship that linked them.
Malcolm Vickers is the secretary of The Friendly Loyals, based in Hindley, and when Lawrence Powers joined the group last year the pair immediately became friends.
But it wasn’t until recently that they discovered that their bond went much deeper than they initially thought.
Just a few weeks ago Mr Powers took a wreath to a group meetings to ask if any members would like to lay it at one of the local war memorials.
Mr Vickers said: “I asked Lawrence if I could lay the wreath at the Westhoughton Memorial in remembrance of my uncle Neville and all the other young lads who did not return to their hometowns.
“Mr Powers then asked me the last name of my uncle Neville and when I said Sidlow he took a step back and did not speak for a few moments. We could not believe the coincidence.”
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