For a moment the park fell silent and everyone paused to remember those who had paid the highest price in the course of their employment.
The annual Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony, organised by the Friends of Mesnes Park was attended by local politicians, union representatives and members of the community.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and the Mayor of Wigan Coun Ron Conway led tributes to those who have paid the highest price in the course of their employment, with councillors and trade union representatives also speaking.
The mayor laid a wreath and guests were invited to put down red roses that they are asked to bring themselves.
Although known today as one of the town’s loveliest green havens Mesnes Park has its own links to heavy industry and toil.
It was once home to no fewer than three pits, some of them producing the distinctive glossy cannel coal which was carved into ornaments.