Veterans visit the Youth Zone in Wigan

Veterans visit the Youth Zone in Wigan

by Henry James (April 2018)

MEMBERS of the Skelmersdale Veterans Association have been doing their bit to bridge the generation gap by visiting the Youth Zone in Wigan.

The group’s chairman, Alan Lewis and member Jimmy Matthew went along to the youth zone in Parson’s Walk where they were met by the manager, Sue Shearer.

After showing them around the zone she invited the veterans to take part in their Armed Forces Family Open Day on Saturday, April 21.

The event will run from 11am to 3pm and feature a bouncy castle, fairground rides and a football fun zone.

Accepting the offer, the Skelmersdale veterans are planning to take along their military memorabilia from the Second World War and later conflicts and young people will be able to sample the different pieces of equipment that the association have on show.

The veterans have also been involved with walking football training sessions organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Alan Lewis commented: “I want to thank association members: Alan Moore, Stewart Bullen, Billy Duncan, Tommy Morrison, Paul Mosquito and Jimmy Matthew for their help, as well as Sue Shearer at Wigan Youth Zone and Fergus Heyes from Wigan Athletic Community Trust.”

Meanwhile the veterans celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF by laying a wreath at the memorial in Sandy Lane.

The association have also been invited by 1439 Skelmersdale Sq ATC to their annual dinner at Holland Hall Hotel, Up Holland.

Guest of Honour at the evening will be Wing Commander Chris Ashworth, who is the officer Commanding Merseyside Wing.

Alan Lewis said: “It will be a great honour and we are delighted to be able to share a fantastic evening with the cadets of Skelmersdale.”

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