Wigan Youth Zone co-founder to be given a star in town centre's Walk of Fame

Businessman and philanthropist Martin Ainscough
Businessman and philanthropist Martin Ainscough

The multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist Martin Ainscough is to be the latest Wigan high-flier to be honoured on the town’s Walk of Fame.

Borough mayor Coun Sue Greensmith announced at Wednesday night’s full council meeting that the 66-year-old will be given a star in Believe Square and so joins other illustrious folk with Wigan connections as diverse as rugby legend Billy Boston, broadcaster Stuart Maconie, heart surgeon Nayyar Naqvi and actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Mr Ainscough was born into an entrepreneurial family and made his fortune with brothers Brendan and James building up Ainscough Crane Hire.

But it is the life direction he took on selling the firm that his made him a much higher-profile figure.

He made national news by bidding £200,000 for the concert services of singers Aled Jones and Katie Melua in a Children in Need auction and from then on his charitable works were making as big headlines as his business interests.

He is a co-founder of Wigan Youth Zone with cousin Bill Ainscough and Dave Whelan and has also ploughed a lot of his money into the Wigan University Technical College.

The star on the walk of fame is the latest in a series of honours for the magnate, his having already been awarded a CBE by the Queen and being made a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.