Local performers unite for town centre celebrations

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IT’S party time in Wigan town centre this weekend.

A whole host of cultural events have been organised which were originally scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Wigan Life Centre.

But while that formality has been delayed for a few weeks by “minor technical problems,” the end-of-summer festivities are going ahead nonetheless.

And there will be the added bonus of seeing top Wigan Warriors celebrating their Challenge Cup win.

From 11am onwards on Saturday, a mix of live music and some of the very best in local performance will come direct from a stage in the heart of Wigan town centre.

The headline performers are top band Boomin’ (who recently entertained rugby fans at the DW Stadium home-coming) who will appear at 3.40pm.

Acts also include singer Scott Chapman, local band Finding Emo, belly dancer Rakkasah and a Latin Zumba dance party.

The last of these will be at around 2pm after which Warriors Chris Tuson, Ben Cross, Stuart Fielden and Amos Roberts will take to the stage.

Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and other local organisations will also be manning stalls letting folk know all about the range of public services on offer in the borough.

It will also be an ideal opportunity to find out more about the services that will be on offer in the soon-to-open Life Centre south site.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Coun Chris Ready, said: “We want people to come along and celebrate some of the great things that are going on in our borough.

“Music, dance, sporting excellence, a fantastic new approach to public services and an exciting and vibrant town centre. It’s not just a celebration but also a great way to attract more people to visit and shop in their local town centre, so we’d like as many people as possible to come along.”