Gathering recalls site of Wigan's old drill hall

Wiganers gathered on Remembrance Sunday to recall a lost piece of the town’s military history.

Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 9:44 am
Wreaths were laid during the service

Members of the 5th Battalion the Manchester Regiment, the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry and the Wigan branch of the Royal British Legion met at the site of the old drill hall on Powell Street before the main town centre parade.

The solemn ceremony was the idea of Whelley local and military history enthusiast Billy Baldwin, who would like to raise the profile of the building where countless Wigan men trained and were based before being shipped off to fight in conflicts such as World War One.

It is the second year in a row people have met at the site of the former drill hall, which is now a large open grassed area next to a dual carriageway.

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Tributes paid at the ceremony

Wreaths were also laid at St John’s Church on Standishgate.