Crowds line the streets of Wigan for Armed Forces Day

Wigan's Armed Forces Day event has been hailed a huge success as many people lined the streets to pay respects to serving members and veterans.

Saturday, 30th June 2018, 3:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 6:14 pm
Wigan Sea Cadets move into their new home. Pic: Wigan Council

Young and old came together to applaud a military parade of current servicemen and women, as well as veterans, and families enjoyed a fun day in the sunshine and visited stalls.

Wigan Council organised the annual town centre event, which included musical entertainment and military displays.

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A First World War simulation dome was donated by Leigh Community Trust so visitors could get an insight into trench life.

Coun Clive Morgan, the council's lead member for armed forces, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended Armed Forces Day. It is always a proud and patriotic event that is very well-attended.

“The whole day was a symbol of thanks to the armed forces for their sacrifices and to the public for their continued support.

“All through the day we received feedback from people telling us how much they enjoyed it and how much they appreciate the effort we go to in Wigan borough on behalf of our armed forces.”

The council also formally welcomed Wigan Sea Cadets into the first phase of the Armed Forces Hub, based at the former Withnall House.

The sea cadets have now officially moved into the building, which also has space for charities and community groups.

Phase two of the armed forces hub will be dedicated to veteran support and is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Ian Almond, project and fundraising manager at Wigan Sea Cadets, said: “We’re really excited to mark Armed Forces Day with our official moving. We’ve been really keen to utilise this new space, which is better suited to deliver the cadet experience.

“We look forward to working with partners to provide the best possible support for the borough’s veteran’s and their families once the new build is complete.”