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POIGNANT tributes were paid to Wigan’s fallen servicemen and women at Remembrance Sunday services across the borough.

In the town centre, the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Myra Whiteside, led the main civic ceremony on a procession from the Town Hall to the war memorial.

Remembrance Sunday, Wigan - the guard of honour at Wigan War Memorial

Remembrance Sunday, Wigan - the guard of honour at Wigan War Memorial

Following a heartbreaking rendition of The Last Post, a two-minute silence was observed at 11am. The silence was eventually broken by a version of Reveille (Awakening).

Scores of current and former servicemen and women stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the public to pay their respects.

The ceremony was concluded with the national anthem, prior to a service at the parish church.

Elsewhere, Wigan’s deputy Mayor, Coun Billy Rotherham, led a parade in Leigh, from the Marsh Gymnasium in Ullswater Street, to the war memorial in Church Street Gardens.

Coun Rotherham also laid a wreath on behalf of Wigan Council.

Remembrance Sunday parades and memorial services were also held in Abram, Ashton, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince, Lowton, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish and Tyldesley.

FULL STORY AND MORE PICTURES IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (MONDAY) ...