Star unveiling marks NHS anniversary for Wigan Borough

Star unveiling marks NHS anniversary for Wigan Borough

Permanent tributes to health, social care and frontline staff in Wigan Borough have been unveiled to coincide with the birthday of the NHS.

Council bosses revealed last year the intention to mark the heroic efforts of keyworkers during the pandemic.

Stars were added to Believe Square, Wigan, and outside Leigh Town Hall on Monday, July 5, the 73rd birthday of the NHS.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “We have been waiting for an appropriate time for this permanent honour to be unveiled and the anniversary of the NHS is a fitting date.

“The commitment and dedication of frontline staff throughout the pandemic deserves to be remembered for generations.”

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “We continue to be extremely proud of our borough’s community spirit and the tireless efforts of our keyworkers and frontline staff.

“This honour is merely a small representation of our gratitude.”

Recent figures show around 380,000 vaccines have been administered to Wigan Borough residents.

Coun Molyneux added: “Our case figures in recent weeks are a reminder that we still have some way to go and we must all keep following the public health guidance and not act like Covid-19 has gone away.

“Adults of all ages are now being encouraged to come forward for their vaccinations so please do so if you are yet to have had your first dose.”

For more information, visit our Coronavirus pages.

Posted on Monday 5th July 2021
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