Covid remembrance plans for Wigan Borough take a step forward


Wigan Council’s plans to establish permanent places of reflection are taking shape

Announced last year, the local authority held a consultation on proposals to ensure residents have places to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions made during the pandemic and remember those who are no longer with us.

Leigh’s Lilford Park and Mesnes Park Playing Field (behind Wigan Youth Zone) in Wigan have emerged as potential locations for two main Places of Remembrance and Reflection, supplemented by an additional offer in each of the borough’s 25 wards.

In July 2021, Wigan Council unveiled stars on Believe Square in Wigan and outside Leigh Town Hall honouring the contributions of NHS, health and social care staff and key-workers.

Further details of the Places of Reflection will be announced through 2022 with collaboration with local communities planned on what is offered in each ward, whether it’s a site, event or activity.

Lisa Keys from Minerva Heritage who oversaw the consultation, said: “The responses revealed stories of fear, anger, loss and sadness whilst at the same time highlighting the resilience, positivity and hope of the people of Wigan Borough.

“Tears were shed at the same time as people’s efforts were praised. I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories and for being so generous and honest with thoughts and comments, especially in light of the difficult experiences they have gone through, and continue to live through.”

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