Margaret and Joe Galvin (Leigh Harriers) awarded Believe Star

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Coaching legends receive Believe Star

Leigh Harriers legends Margaret and Joe Galvin have become the latest additions to the Believe Star club for Wigan Borough.

The highly-regarded coaches received the honour in recognition of their contribution to sport and support for young people.

Their star was laid outside Leigh Town Hall following an unveiling ceremony with family and friends on Monday.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “Margaret and Joe Galvin have been true volunteers since the start devoting much of their time to nurturing young talent.

“It’s only right we recognise Margaret and Joe’s achievements and commitment to the borough and its people in this way.”

Accepting their star, the pair, who have been mentors to Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, said: “When we were asked if we were prepared to receive a Believe Star, we were surprised as we aren’t usually the ones that receive the awards and to be alongside the likes of Georgie Fame and Leigh Centurions is amazing.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of people who have helped make this happen including all the coaches and volunteers.”

Stars on Believe Square in Wigan and outside Leigh Town Hall are awarded by Wigan Council to honour local residents who have made extraordinary contributions to the borough.

Previous star recipients in Leigh include John Woods, Pam Gilligan, Alex Murphy and Georgie Fame.