PICTURE SPECIAL: Wild celebrations for Wigan Youth Zone's ninth anniversary

Wigan Youth Zone hosted a free community event to celebrate its ninth birthday.

By Sian Jones
Monday, 20th June 2022, 3:45 pm

The jungle-themed event featured live music and family fun with local flair in the heart of Wigan town centre.

The day also hosted a variety of free activities include face painting, crafts, jungle multi-sports, cheetah challenges and inflatables.

WYZ’s celebrations were a way to thank members and the local community for their contributions.

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Laimis and Camilla compete on the table football during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.

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The festivities also brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures together to meet, mix and get to know each other better.

WYZ has become a lifeline for young people across the borough since it was set up, helping thousands of young people in the town.

It opened in June 2013 at a cost of £6.3m and is attended by a thousand youngsters each week.

Paul and Taylor Robinson play the whack machine during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.

The charity, which is based on Parsons Walk, provides a world of opportunities and support for those aged eight to 19 and people with disabilities up to 25.

Youngsters take to the stage during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
Joshua O'Donovan and Ben Healey play pool during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
Youngsters on stage during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
Lots of interest in the face painting during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
Youngsters enjoy a game of football during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
John Hall enjoys an ice cream during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.
Ruby Thornhill climbs the wall during the Youth Zone's 9th Birthday Open Day.