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Dave Whelan recognised with statue and 'Life President' status

Dave Whelan and his grandson, the new chairman, David Sharpe Credit: PA Images

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan is to be honoured with the title of Club President and a statue outside the club's home at the DW Stadium.

The Latics' Chairman and Whelan's grandson David Sharpe revealed plans to create a long-term tribute for his grandfather's 20 years of service as Chairman.

Speaking to the club's website he said:

“What my grandfather achieved at Wigan Athletic is beyond the dreams of anyone connected with the club and I feel it is fitting to honour those achievements, firstly with the title of Life President and secondly with a statue which we are planning to erect outside the main entrance of the DW Stadium.”

“My grandfather transformed the club forever and I know that every Wigan Athletic supporter appreciates the things he has done for us and will support both of these ideas.”

Warrington family's fears over visa issues

A family from Warrington says they are being torn apart by a visa wrangle.

Mark Naylor, who was born in Wigan, moved back to the UK two years ago with his Chinese wife and their two children, who are both British citizens.

But their hopes of settling down in Britain have been left hanging in the balance after Mrs Naylor was told she must go back to China to get her long-term UK visa.

It's a process that could take months, leaving Mark without his wife and the children without a mother.


The Facebook post that could save lives

Lisa Royle Credit: MEN Syndication

A brave mum who posted a picture of her breast on Facebook has been swamped with support from other women.

Lisa Royle, who lives in Astley, Wigan, posted a photo of the small dimples on part of her breast which alerted her to consult a doctor, she was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mrs Royle, posted the image on her Facebook page just before she had a mastectomy and since then it has had more than 55,000 shares.

The message that could save lives Credit: Facebook

Lisa, was admitted to hospital in Monday for her surgery after spotting the dimples underneath her left breast on holiday in Egypt over Easter.

She is currently recovering after undergoing the mastectomy.

Her proud husband Craig Thomas Royle described his wife as an “inspiration” and said “together we can make people aware and kick cancers ass.”

Following Lisa’s surgery he posted again saying she was “doing really well.”

Cyclist killed near Wigan police station

A cyclist has died after a crash near Wigan police station yesterday afternoon. It happened just after 4:30pm on Robin Park Road. A 34-year-old man was hit by a blue Mazda, he was taken to hospital but later died.

Robin Park Road was closed for just over 5 hours but has now been fully re-opened.

“This is a truly devastating time for the man’s family and we are supporting them as best we can with the help of specialist officers.

“We are carrying out an investigation to establish the full facts and circumstances surrounding this collision and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who may be in possession of CCTV or dash cam footage.

– Sergeant Mark Thomas


Wigan steps back in time to World War One

Wigan will step back in time to life in World War One this bank holiday. The Heritage Day at Trencherfield Mill, will host a number of events including military drill sessions and wartime cooking.

The event will also mark the start of a project by artist Julie Dodd to create a commemorative sculpture featuring 8,000 handmade Doves of Peace, representing the number of soldiers from Wigan and Leigh who lost their lives in the war. People will be able to see the sculpture taking shape over the next four years, leading up to 2018 which marks the centenary of the end of the conflict.

"We hope families will come down to this year's Heritage Day as it promises to be a fascinating and fun day out for all ages.

"As part of the council's commitment under the community covenant Wigan Council has set aside £250,000 for World War One projects.

"This will ensure that all generations remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families.

– Linda Fisher, Wigan Council

Watch: CCTV of club robbery as police hunt burglars

Police have released CCTV footage in a bid to catch to burglars who broke into working men's club, in Wigan.

It happened at about 1.50am on Sunday, April 5, when two men forced their way into the working men's club on White Street in Pemberton.

Police say the pair managed to steal a significant amount of cash from the safe.

One of the men is described as white and was wearing a dark jacket and trousers and a baseball cap.

The second man is described as white and was wearing dark trousers and a dark top with the hood up.

"If you recognise either of the men in the footage or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the burglary, I would urge you to contact police."

– Pc Roy Lunio, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The two men forced their way into the club. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.
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