Wigan remembers the fallen

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WIGAN joined the rest of the country in commemorating those fallen in conflict during a number of Remembrance Sunday services across the borough.

In the town centre, Mayor Coun Phyll Cullen and MP Lisa Nandy led a procession from the Town Hall to the Parish Church where around 1,000 locals fell silent for two minutes when the clock struck 11am.

MP Lisa Nandy lays a wreath at the Remembrance Service

MP Lisa Nandy lays a wreath at the Remembrance Service

They were joined by relatives of fallen soldiers such as Sgt Steven Darbyshire and Corporal Liam Elms as well as a number of veterans, with poppy wreaths also displayed from police and the Rotary Club amongst many others.

In a nod to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One there was also a cross with a poppy on to remember Robert Reid (pictured at the bottom of the page), who was reported to be one of the first Wigan soldiers killed in the conflict.

Gillian Molyneux (below), the widow of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, was joined by children Arron, Bethany and Charlie to remember her husband who was killed onboard HMS Astute in 2011.

It was the first time that a plaque with his name was in place on the War Memorial. The couple’s eldest son Jamie took part in the Remembrance service at Welbeck College where he is starting the journey of following in his father’s footsteps for a career in the Royal Navy.

Photo: David Hurst'Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Wigan Parish Church 'Gillian Molyneux, wfie of Ian Molyneux with her children

Photo: David Hurst'Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Wigan Parish Church 'Gillian Molyneux, wfie of Ian Molyneux with her children

Elsewhere, Leigh MP Andy Burnham joined the Mayor in Golborne in the afternoon for a procession and service.

There were tributes and wreaths of poppies laid at War Memorials throughout the borough.

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Tributes to Robert Reid, the first Wigan soldier to die in WW1, at the Remembrance Service at Wigan Parish Church

Tributes to Robert Reid, the first Wigan soldier to die in WW1, at the Remembrance Service at Wigan Parish Church