Veterans’ day walk

THE sacrifices of veterans across the borough will be recognised as Wigan Council joins with a local charity for a day to remember.

This Armed Forces Day, the council will work closely with the Wigan Borough Veterans’ Council (WBVC) for the annual celebration of the outstanding contribution made by service personnel and veterans across the borough.

In previous years the major event was run entirely by the veterans’ charity, based in Platt Bridge, and has attracted thousands of people from right across the North West.

But this year will see the new partnership culminate an event, on Saturday June 30, which is proposed to be held in Wigan town centre.

WVBC chair Des White said: “It’s great to have genuine support from the council who are showing a true commitment to the Armed Forces Community within the Wigan Borough.

“This is a new beginning of a positive working partnership with Wigan Council.”

Armed Forces Day replaces what was historically known as Veterans’ Day.

Previous years’ celebrations have seen a parade through the town centre, with events, displays and other activities.

As part of the celebrations, the council and its partners have already agreed to fly the Armed Forces Day flag after being asked by the Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards in a recent letter sent to the council.

Wigan Council’s Head of Economic Regeneration, Susan Gambles, said: “We are delighted to be working with the WBVC.

“We hope that other groups will partner with us to work on the arrangements for this very important event in the calendar which will celebrate, reflect and recognise everything that the armed forces do for us.

“We are still at the early stages of planning but we have a good track record of organising town centre events such as this.

“We’ve already got plenty of ideas coming through and we are looking forward to announcing more details about the day in due course.”