Children’s pub visit

David Riley, chairman of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children South Lake Group, left, and owner of Bird I'th Hand pub on Gidlow Lane, with the children during a visit to show them the refurbishment and building work under way
David Riley, chairman of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children South Lake Group, left, and owner of Bird I'th Hand pub on Gidlow Lane, with the children during a visit to show them the refurbishment and building work under way

CHILDREN living near the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history were given a tour of Wigan thanks to a local charity.

The group of 11 youngsters who are originally from Chernobyl but now live in nearby Belarus enjoyed their annual trip to Lancashire organised by a branch of the charity Friends of Chernobyl Children.

The group visited Wigan Pier before enjoying a ride on the boat Kittywake up the canal as far as Crooke.

They also stopped off in Springfield at the derelict Bird i’th’Hand pub on Gidlow Lane, which is currently being refurbished by the Friends of Chernobyl Children’s chairman, David Riley.

The children visit each July and have been coming to Wigan for the past few years, staying with local families.

David said: “I am delighted to be able to help the children from Belarus, I thoroughly enjoy my voluntary role with them and I just wanted to show them that no challenge is ever too big.”