Wiganers remember ...


WIGAN will join together on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

The Mayor, Coun Joy Birch, will lead the principal Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Wigan town centre, and there are events in all communities being led by dignitaries and veterans at various times across the borough.


The parade will assemble in the car park of St John’s School, Simpkin Street at 9.45am then proceed at 10.00am along Warrington Road for the service at 10.30am in St John’s Parish Church. After the service, the parade will reassemble outside the church and proceed to St John’s School for dispersal.


Procession will assemble at the Beeches (formerly Wigan Groundwork Trust), Wigan Road, Ashton at 10.00am for 10.15am when a wreath will be laid at the Garswood Hall War Memorial. The procession will then reform and proceed to St Thomas’ Church for the service at 10.50am via Wigan Road, Gerard Street and Warrington Road. After the service, wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph. The procession then reassembling at Violet Street and proceeding via Warrington Road and Bryn Street to the town hall for the march past and salute, continuing to Council Avenue for dispersal.


A service will be held at the War Memorial, Finger Post, commencing at 10.50am.

A procession will leave the Sumner Street Headquarters of the British Legion at 10.45am and proceed along Scot Lane for a Service at the War Memorial. (There will be no parade from Cale Lane headquarters of the New Springs Soldiers and Sailors Club.)


A service of remembrance will be held at Golborne War Memorial, Barn Lane, Golborne at 2.30pm It will be preceded by a procession from the Legh Court car park on Legh Street, assembling at 2.15pm prompt. The service will be conducted by the clergy of Golborne, after which wreaths will be laid by the Mayor on behalf of the council, other organisations taking part and members of the public.


At 10.00am, the procession assembles in the Market Square/car park on Cross Street, Hindley. At 10.40am, the procession leaves the assembly point and proceeds along Morris Street to Wigan Road proceeding to the War Memorial on the corner of Atherton Road and Liverpool Road outside St Peter’s Church. A service is held at the Memorial together with the wreath laying ceremony followed by a service at St Peters Church.

The procession then re-assembles on Atherton Road and continues onto George Street, Chapel Green Road, turns left onto Bridge Street, continues along Market Street, turns right onto Cross Street, left onto Morris Street and ends on the town hall car park for the National Anthem and dispersal.


A service of remembrance will be held in Ince when a member of the council and representatives of other organisations will lay wreaths. There will be a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Ince Cemetery, Lower Ince at 10.15am conducted by, followed by a divine service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am There will also be divine service at Ince Parish Church at 10.45am. There will then be a service and wreath laying ceremony at 12 noon in the Garden of Remembrance, Smithy Green, Higher Ince.


A Service of Remembrance will be held at St Mary’s Church, Newton Road, Lowton at 10.30am preceded by an assembly in the schoolyard at 10.20am After the service, which will be conducted by Reverend William Stalker, a representative of the council and other organisations taking part will lay wreaths.


The parade will assemble at 10.30am on Walthew Lane at its cul-de-sac end near Elm Street. The procession will proceed at 10.40am along Walthew Lane to its junction with the A58 Liverpool Road. The procession turns right onto Liverpool Road and proceeds to Stephen Street junction then turns left onto Stephen Street and proceeds turns right onto Davies Street and proceeds to its junction with Neville Street where the Cenotaph/War Memorial is situated for the laying of wreaths at 10.50am. Following the laying of wreaths, the procession turns left onto the A58 Liverpool Road and continues north to Church Road.

The procession turns right onto Church Road and proceeds to St Nathaniel’s Church for the service. After the service the Parade will reassemble and proceed back along the same route to the cul-de-sac end of Walthew Lane for dispersal.


Assemble outside Bewley’s in Broad O’th Lane, Shevington at 10.30am proceeding at 10.45am to assemble at Shevington Memorial in the Park at the corner of Church Lane. The Ceremony commences at 10.55am followed by a service at St Anne’s Church.


The parade will assemble at Cross Street, Standish at 10.30am proceeding at 10.40am from Standish Unity Club along Market Place, Market Street and High Street, to the War Memorial at the junction of High Street/Church Street. After the service the parade will reform and return along Church Street to Market Place to be followed by an all denomination service at St Wilfrid’s Church, Standish.


The procession will leave the town hall in Library Street at 10.30am prompt and will proceed along Library Street, Rodney Street, King Street, Wallgate, King Street West and Crawford Street to the War Memorial in All Saints’ Gardens.

The two minutes silence will be observed at 11.00am preceded by the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ and ending with ‘Reveille’. Following the sounding of ‘Reveille’ the Mayor will lay a wreath on the War Memorial on behalf of the inhabitants of Wigan to be followed by representatives of the various organisations. The ceremony will be concluded with the National Anthem. The procession will then proceed into the Parish Church for the service.