Key-workers to be honoured for pandemic response

Key-workers to be honoured for pandemic response

Health, social care and frontline staff are to be honoured by Wigan Council for their heroic efforts through the pandemic.

Stars will be laid on Believe Square, Wigan, and outside Leigh Town Hall in 2021, to form a permanent tribute to their dedication.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, announced the move at this week’s meeting of the full council.

He said: “This will be the first part of a series of recognition to all the people who’ve gone that extra mile during this crisis.

“When the time is right in the new year we will lay this permanent honour – their commitment and dedication throughout these unprecedented times have been awe-inspiring and deserves to be remembered for generations to come.”

Leading figures from the borough who have given outstanding service in their field have been honoured by Wigan Council over the last decade.

A suitable date will be chosen in 2021 for the unveiling with the hope to have key-worker representatives present at the celebration event.

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “I am so proud of how our borough pulled together this year with kindness, courage and community spirit.

“Our teams and colleagues across the borough have worked tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable residents, often putting others needs before their own. It has been an extraordinary team effort.

“It seems only right that we should do something to honour all of our keyworkers and what better way than with a star. This celebration will give us all something to look forward to in 2021.”

Other illustrious figures to receive a star include Dr Kate Fussell, Wigan’s first female surgeon, pioneering heart specialist Dr Nayyar Naqvi, Sir Ian McKellen and Jenny Meadows.

Councillor Molyneux added: “To ensure the efforts of our frontline staff are not undermined over the festive season, we are urging everyone to keep public health guidelines at the forefront of your minds and to stay safe, be responsible and continue to be #BeKind over this important period.”

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Posted on Thursday 17th December 2020

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