A MILITARY parade has been organised by Wigan Council to celebrate Armed Forces Day in the borough.

Members of Wigan Borough’s armed forces community will parade with pride through Wigan town centre on Saturday, June 24, to mark the event.

The parade – which includes a brass band, cadets and veterans- will begin at 11am from Mesnes Park via Bridgeman Terrace, before journeying through the town centre and up Standishgate.

A jam-packed schedule of family entertainment is also set to take place, with stalls, fairground attractions and military vehicles filling Wigan Town Centre for the day.

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Councillor Martyn Smethurst, lead member for Armed Forces and Veterans, said: “Armed Forces Day is always a great opportunity to learn more about our forces and the contribution they make to society.

“We’re really excited to see the whole community come together to celebrate.

“We hope the public of the borough will come along to show their support and give thanks to those serving and those who have served.”

A staged concert of Armed Forces themed music and acts will take place from 12pm and local military units will be providing large scale displays to demonstrate their roles.

The event will be supported by the Armed Forces Community HQ and community groups including Girlguiding Lancashire South County, Royal British Legion and The Military Medical Living History Group.

Free weekend parking is on offer across council owned town centre car parks. To find out more, you can visit the council's website here.