|Blue and White Delight — Latics Captain Helps Bring Colour To The Borough
Bulbs Bring Light: Wigan Athletic captain Arjan de Zeeuw (centre) gets to grips with the bulb plants with (from left) councillors John Hilton, Chris Ready and People and Places Manager Nick Burdekin.
When Wigan Council workers needed a little help in planting thousands of flower bulbs they made the perfect substitution - Wigan Athletic star Arjan de Zeeuw! The Latics captain was only too happy to muck in and help with a plan that'll turn the town his team's colours thanks to 120,000 blue and white crocuses.
Aspull, Whelley and New Springs ward councillors Chris Ready and John Hilton joined forces with the council's People and Places team to plant the bulbs along the length of Wigan Road from Aspull into the town centre.
Cllr Ready explained: "We have consulted with residents and one of the main things they want to see is improvements to the environment. We have used Brighter Borough money to fund this project and the blue and white bulbs will look spectacular when they bloom and provide a blue and white path into the town centre for people travelling in along Wigan Road.
"This is the start of a three year plan to plant more flowers and bring more colour to Wigan and we are delighted that Arjan and Wigan Athletic have given us their support."
Last year the council planted one million bulbs across the borough and this year a further half million have been planted so far.
The council has used world famous bulb specialist Peter Lubbe to plant the flowers who has flown over from Holland to do the job.
And who better to welcome him than countryman Arjan de Zeeuw?
Arjan, who has returned to Wigan after a stint with Portsmouth, said: "Since I have been away Wigan has blossomed in terms of football and it's great to be back.
"I'm really proud to be involved in a project that will bring the Latics colours to the town."
The planting began in earnest today (Tuesday September 27) with Arjan joining the councillors and council officers at the topical location of Bolton Square.
Cllr Ready said: "Wigan play Bolton on Saturday so we thought this was the ideal place to start planting."