Wigan remembers the fallen

Remembrance Sunday in Wigan
Remembrance Sunday in Wigan
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SERVICES have been held across Wigan to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Processions were led to all of the borough’s War Memorials with thousands coming out to pay their respects.

Six-year-old Harry Clarke places a cross watched by his dad David and brother Archie

Six-year-old Harry Clarke places a cross watched by his dad David and brother Archie

In the town centre, a procession left the town hall at 10.30am and concluded outside Wigan Parish church.

Representatives from the armed forces were joined by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, local councillors and families of those who have died in service, including Sgt Steven Darbyshire, Cpl Liam Elms and Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux.

The congregation fell quiet as the Last Post was played before an immaculately observed two minute silence.

The Ode of remembrance was then read out: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

Wigan remembers the fallen

Wigan remembers the fallen

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”

There was a performance of Reveille before wreaths were laid around the war memorial. The ceremony concluded with the national anthem before a service inside the church.

There were similar parades across the borough, in Abram, Ashton, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince, Leigh, Lowton, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish and Tyldesley.

Assistant Curate Reverend Pauline Rowe, who conducted the Wigan service said: “It is important to show respect and give thanks for the sacrifice and dedication given in trying to gain reconciliation and peace, especially for those who lost their lives trying to do so.

“As members of the armed forces and civilians, we can remember and acknowledge the past, cherish memories and then put our faith in the future that wars and conflicts may one day cease.”

Reverend Canon Tony Butterworth, Vicar at Christ Church Pennington in Leigh said: “It truly is a fitting remembrance of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the country and those who are serving on our behalf today to keep our world a safer place.”