Wigan Council celebrates heritage as part of anniversary festivities

Wigan Council is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary by drawing on its rich heritage while looking towards the future of the borough.

To mark this milestone, a new cultural programme will be launched, accompanied by an exhibition that will showcase the history of the last 50 years. The local authority will also reintroduce its traditional coat of arms and motto, Progress with Unity.

Formed in April 1974 under the Local Government Act of 1972, Wigan Borough has evolved over the years, bringing together various local government districts.

Councillor David Molyneux MBE, Leader of Wigan Council, expressed the importance of reflecting on the borough’s history and the shared achievements of its communities. The council has consulted with the public and community sector partners to ensure a future of service delivery that prioritises equality.

The anniversary celebrations will include a series of events throughout 2024, with a focus on showcasing the borough’s unique identity and the collaboration that has driven progress over the years.

Residents can expect to see a modern interpretation of the borough’s coat of arms on digital platforms, while commemorative items will be available at cultural venues. Special events such as the Our Town Awards and Believe Sports Awards will pay tribute to the borough’s history.

The exhibition, Forward, Together, will be held at the Archives: Wigan & Leigh in Leigh Town Hall, celebrating the people and communities that have played a significant role in shaping the borough. Curated in partnership with students from Wigan and Leigh College, the exhibition will highlight the borough’s cultural heritage through an extensive photographic archive.

Coun Molyneux emphasised the importance of reflecting on the borough’s heritage and how it continues to inspire progress today. With an exciting future ahead, Wigan Borough is keen to engage residents and organisations in celebrating this special anniversary.

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