Trio to be honoured with star

Latics chairman Dave Whelan with the FA Cup and Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan with the Challenge Cup
Latics chairman Dave Whelan with the FA Cup and Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan with the Challenge Cup
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THREE people closely associated with Wigan Borough’s most memorable moments of 2013 will have their names immortalised in Wigan town centre.

Dave Whelan, Roberto Martinez and Ian Lenagan will be present as stars in their honour are unveiled on Monday (December 9) outside Wigan Life Centre.

It will be part of a special afternoon of events to celebrate Wigan Borough’s spectacular success during the last year. The day will include a unique opportunity for the public to see the four major trophies the borough’s sporting teams have won in 2013.

The new stars will be added to Wigan’s own Hollywood-style “walk of the stars”, which is on the piazza outside the Life Centre - the new multi-million pound home of Wigan Council’s public services. Six other notable local personalities have already received stars – including rugby legend Shaun Edwards, broadcaster Stuart Maconie and heart specialist Dr Nayyar Naqvi.

In addition to the stars unveiling, other groups and individuals based in the borough who have enjoyed success in 2013 will be recognised during the ceremony at Wigan Town Hall - including Leigh Centurions who won the Northern Rail Cup.

The public will then be able to see all the trophies won by the borough’s sporting teams at an event following the ceremony. The FA Cup, the Challenge Cup, the Super League trophy and the Northern Rail Cup will be on show in the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre from 4pm.

Lord Peter Smith said: “This has been a year to remember and proved Wigan Borough is a place to be proud of. I’ve been involved in local government in the area for 30 years and can’t recall a more memorable 12 months. We couldn’t let it pass without a celebration in honour of such remarkable achievements.

“We wanted to give the people of the borough the unique opportunity to see all four major trophies together. I’m sure the Grand Arcade will be packed with fans eager to see this glittering collection of silverware.”