Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Christmas Veterans' Lunch
Attendees tucked into a traditional Christmas Turkey dinner provided by H&H Catering.
Councillors representing Wards across the Makerfield area acted as table hosts and Pemberton Brass band provided the entertainment.
MC for the day was Cllr Clive Morgan, a former Welsh Guard and Falklands War veteran,
This year’s event was especially poignant given the 100th anniversary of the commencement of hostilities in WWI and the Makerfield MP made special mention of this in her address.
Winstanley MP and local resident Yvonne Fovargue hosted the lunch. She said, “On behalf of the whole community across the Makerfield constituency, I want to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by the men and women present today both at home and abroad.”
“The First World War was a conflict that changed Britain forever. It touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered our country’s place in the world.
“The centenary anniversary is a unique opportunity for us to commemorate those who served and sacrificed for us on the frontline and the home front, and to think about the profound impact the war had on our society.”
In a special gesture tickets for the forthcoming Wigan Athletic v Rotherham Utd match on Saturday, 20th December were made available to veterans. Wigan Athletic had made available tickets to veteran groups and these were distributed on the day.
Cllr Clive Morgan said, “This Christmas also marks the 100th anniversary of the unofficial ‘Christmas Truces’ on the Western Front as German and Allied forces played football across the battlefield and it is a wonderful gesture that later this month Wigan Council working with Wigan Athletic will commemorate this event at the DW stadium in the home game versus Rotherham Utd.”