Wigan joins together in remembrance

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WIGAN communities gathered to honour the bravery of its war heroes.

Churches across the borough held their own Remembrance Sunday services, with members of the Royal British Legion and other associated groups leading parades.

Poppy wreaths placed on the War Memorial at Wigan Parish Church

Poppy wreaths placed on the War Memorial at Wigan Parish Church

Mayor of Wigan, Coun Billy Rotherham, was joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Manchester, Lady Smith, MPs for Wigan and Makerfield, Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue, at the Wigan Parish Church service and parade.

As wreaths were laid, one that was particularly poignant was one shaped like a Lancaster Bomber, placed by former tailgunner Bill Hickling, who served as a crewman on the planes in the Second World War.

The Mayor also took the salute during a Market Street march-past.

In the afternoon the Mayor, Leigh MP Andy Burnham and MEP Brian Simpson attended a parade at Golborne War Memorial.

Deputy Mayor, Coun Phyll Cullen, and Mr Burnham also commemorated the end of the First World War at a service at the cenotaph in Leigh.