Remember the brave

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WIGANERS are set to fall silent at a string of civic events in honour of brave servicemen and women this Remembrance Sunday.

The Mayor of Wigan, Coun Myra Whiteside, will lead the principal civic ceremony at the war memorial in the town centre - parading from the town hall at 10.30am.

A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Coun Whiteside said: “This year, the 11th hour of the 11th day falls on Sunday, so we can all take the opportunity to think of those who have fought for us, for those that served, those that supported them and the sacrifices they made.

“Please make time in your day to remember.

“I invite you to attend an event on Sunday to show your respect.”

Other parades and commemorations will take place across the borough, with the deputy mayor, Coun Billy Rotherham, set to lead a parade in Leigh.

The Leigh procession will assemble at the Marsh gymnasium in Ullswater Street at 10.15am before parading along Railway Road, Market Street, Lord Street and Charles Street to the war memorial in Church Street Gardens.

Remembrance Sunday parades and memorial services are also set to be held in Abram, Ashton, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince, Lowton, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish and Tyldesley.

In Abram, a parade will assemble in the car park of St John’s School, Simpkin Street, at 9.45am before proceeding along Warrington Road for a service at St John’s Parish Church at 10.30am.

In Ashton, the procession will start at the Beeches on Wigan Road at 10am in time for a wreath to be laid at the Garswood Hall war memorial.

The procession will then reform and proceed to St Thomas’s Church - via Wigan Road, Gerard Street and Warrington Road - for a service at 10.50am.

In Aspull, a service will be held at the war memorial at 10.50am following a five-minute procession from the British Legion base on Sumner Street.

In Atherton, a parade will assemble at Formby Hall, Alder Street, at 10.20am before turning left onto the High Street and right onto Tyldesley Road - stopping at the Baptist Church memorial - before heading down Market Street and Leigh Road to the war memorial.

In Golborne, a remembrance service will be held at the war memorial in Barn Lane at 2.30pm following a 15-minute procession from the court car park in Legh Street.

In Hindley, a procession will assemble in the council car park on Cross Street at 10am before walking along Morris Street and Wigan Road to the war memorial outside St Peter’s Church.

In Ince, a remembrance service will be held at the war memorial in Ince Cemetery at 10.15am, followed by divine services at St Mary’s and Ince Parish Churches at 10.30am and 10.45am.

There will then be a wreath laying ceremony at midday in the Garden of Remembrance, Smithy Green.

In Lowton, a remembrance service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Newton Road, at 10.30am, preceded by an assembly in the schoolyard at 10.20am.

In Platt Bridge, a parade will assemble on Walthew Lane at 10.30am before turning right onto Liverpool Road, left onto Stephen Street and right onto Davies Street to the war memorial.

In Shevington, a parade will assemble outside Bewley’s in Broad O’th Lane at 10.30am before heading to the memorial in the park at the corner of Church Lane.

The ceremony starts at 10.55am followed by a service at St Anne’s Church.

In Standish, a parade will assemble at Cross Street at 10.30am before heading from the Unity Club to the war memorial along Market Place, Market Street and the High Street.

And, in Tyldesley, a parade will assemble on Market Square at 10.05am before heading to the memorial in Tyldesley cemetery. A service will be conducted there by Rev J Hartley.