Veterans join Burnham for lunch

Armed forces veterans  luncheon at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute hosted by MP Andy Burnham
Armed forces veterans luncheon at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute hosted by MP Andy Burnham

AN annual luncheon hosted by Leigh MP, Andy Burnham honoured veterans for their services to the country.

Mr Burnham welcomed the town’s ex-military personnel to Leigh Miners Welfare Institute for the event, which is now a key part of the town’s annual commemorations of Remembrance Day.

More than 130 former servicemen from across the constituency came to the lunch, which was also attended by the Mayor of Wigan Coun Myra Whiteside and several Leigh members of Wigan Council.

Mr Burnham presented a HM Armed Forces Veteran Lapel Badge to Colin Lancaster, 73, who served in the Army Royal Pioneer Corps between 1960 and 1962, while musical pupils from Lowton High School entertained the veterans with a programme of songs before the lunch.

Mr Burnham said: “I am delighted to be hosting this annual event in support of our veterans. It is right and proper that we honour all those who have served or are serving in our forces.

“The men and women of our armed forces continue to make personal sacrifices to defend the UK and its interests and contribute to international peace and security.

“Past and present members of the armed forces deserve our support and recognition because of their outstanding contribution to the country.”