There are 3 old photo`s of this Sir Francis Sharp Powell statue in wiganworld Album to compare with mine. One of them is it`s unveiling in 1910. The chains are long gone !!
Comment by peterp on 3rd April 2012 at 08:16
Nice to see the shrubs and trees starting to burst out with leafs.Is that a pigeon sunbathing or waiting for a free lunch?
Comment by Bradshaws Girl on 3rd April 2012 at 08:23
This brings back lots of happy memories. Love the way the blue of the sky merges into the trees. Nice one Ernest.
Comment by Ruby shoes on 3rd April 2012 at 08:33
Look like Sir Francis is not too keen on the smell of the food the students are eating lol.
I like the photo very much.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2012 at 08:49
Sorry to disappoint you, peterp and `wildlife`lover`s`, but it`s the young lady`s handbag !!
Comment by Janice on 3rd April 2012 at 09:52
Lovely photo Ernest. Are these people from Wigan then? Keep 'em coming.
Comment by peterp on 3rd April 2012 at 11:07
Ernest your right should have cleaned my specs this morning hehe
Comment by dirty harry on 3rd April 2012 at 11:37
"well what a surprise" no body having ago at the people sat down? saying they should not be sat there get a grip the lot of you .
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2012 at 13:23
Sign of the times dirty harry. Remember the `Please keep off the grass` signs and the `prison warder` type park keepers? I reckon they were too strict in the old days. We didn`t have graffitti & vandalism though.
Comment by Syd on 3rd April 2012 at 14:32
Ernest, I thought you said that you were no good with a camera! Lovely photo,......you're a legend!
Comment by linda massa on 3rd April 2012 at 14:52
The times I have given the toe of his show a polish.
Comment by Michael on 3rd April 2012 at 17:10
Park keepers "too strict" in the old days? I think not. Have you seen the shocking state of the lawns and flowerbeds in Mesnes Park as a result of people wandering about at will?
Comment by Steven on 3rd April 2012 at 17:42
it is years since i was last in mesnes park never forgot to rub the foot
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd April 2012 at 20:53
My Dad lifted me up to rub that shoe and make a wish; I lifted my son and daughter; my son now lifts my Grandchildren. May all their wishes come true.
Comment by Garry on 3rd April 2012 at 21:14
I wished for my six numbers to come up on the Lottery, that was in the 90s and I'm still waiting.
Comment by j on 3rd April 2012 at 21:30
Love this photo,It brings back so many good memories.Have they finished "sprucing" up the old cafe yet? would like to see a photo.Remember the "prison warder" park keeper,he used to chase us off the bandstand when we were roller skating ! Never caught us though !!
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2012 at 22:39
Thank you all for your comments.
Michael, it`s the neglect over many years that`s responsible for it`s ..
Yes `j`, the Pavilion, with it`s cafe, has been fully restored.
Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 4th April 2012 at 20:55
Thankyou Ernest,I would love to see a picture of the "new"pavilion if anyone has one ! Going back to the statue,I too, noticed how the steps and beds looked neglected.This used to be a lovely park.What has happened?When we were kids,if it said "keep off the grass" you did(or else)Dont ever remember people sitting on the steps by the statue.Afraid nothing surprises me anymore.
Comment by Mary O Neill on 12th May 2012 at 12:05
I was visiting Wigan recently after living in Australia for 26 years. I walked through the park everyday to visit my mum in hospital and couldn't resist rubbing his shoe for old times sake.
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