Visitors to the event will be able to view proposals for the '4 Our Forces' facility, which looks set to be built next to the mill. The project, being developed by Wigan Council and Wigan Sea Cadets, will provide somewhere for local and regional cadets to meet, whilst also being a central point for Armed Forces families to access a range of services including advice about housing and employment, education and health and well-being.
Other attractions on the day include stalls, a fun fair, classic cars, Punch and Judy, and the world-famous Trencherfield Mill steam engine in action. There will be music from Chockinfeckle and the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band. Kittywake will be offering canal trips to visitors.
Pegasus, WiganSTEAM, SKILS CIC Buzz Pod, the British Legion and the Trencherfield Mill Residents’ Association will all be attending.
The event takes place on Monday 2nd May between 11am-4pm.
There is a charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child (family ticket £5) to gain entry to the mill building. This includes a visit to the steam engine. Veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces presenting ID can attend the event free.
Ten per cent of ticket sales will be donated to the Sea Cadets to mark The Battle of Jutland centenary. Jutland was the most pivotal naval engagement of World War One, with 6,000 British personnel lost.
More than 3,400 Wigan Borough residents lost their lives in World War One. The council has dedicated £250,000 to support World War One centenary commemorations.