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 Photo-a-Day      (Saturday, 23rd March, 2013) Views: 2,944 
Continental Food Market
 Continental Food Market   by Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
The Continental Food Market in Wigan town centre a few days ago.

Comment by Lizzie down under on 23rd March 2013 at 01:54
Nice pic Thomas .....reading the blackboard there are quite a few different cheeses to try........sticky toffee cheese would be at the top of the list......cheers!!!!


Comment by Mick on 23rd March 2013 at 07:14
That lad walking past could be Prince Harry.

I think I can just see one of his bodyguards umbrella at the bottom left of the photo.


Comment by Catherine on 23rd March 2013 at 07:59
I love looking round these stalls..
But theres no comparison to the pot stalls on wigan fair.


Comment by Garry on 23rd March 2013 at 09:12
You don't know what your eating from them sort if places...STICK TOFFEE CHEESE...FIERY DRAGON CHEESE...WHISKY GINGER CHEESE, what's all that about. I'll stick to LANCASHIRE CHEESE with union on a nice crusty cob. Why is it some people like spicey stuff, you can't teast the food only the spice.YUK.


Comment by peterp on 23rd March 2013 at 10:19
Lad looks like he has stood in some sticky toffeee cheese


Comment by Colin Harlow on 23rd March 2013 at 12:22
Looks awful Wigan with stalls like these, it's just clutter...what about the permanent shops and offices that reside there. I for one wouldn't like these outside my shop window. You would have to blame the Council for this. Whats more ironic, is the Council demolished Wigan market Hall where these stalls belong.


Comment by Colin Harlow on 23rd March 2013 at 13:54
Blue Yellow and Red flag...Romanian.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 23rd March 2013 at 14:48
I tasted a sample of the smoked Cheddar cheese - didn`t ask the price.
Had a sample of the smoked Cheddar at a stall in the Irish Market in Albert Square, Manchester last week. They wanted £2.49/100g.
Morrison`s have some good Cheddar, unsmoked ar £2 for 350g.


Comment by Cyril on 23rd March 2013 at 15:53
It made me laugh to see folks queuing for alligator, ostrich and other bush meat steaks from african animals, probably the same folks who thought the inclusion of horse meat in their burgers and frozen ready meals was disgusting.

Everything seemed to be highly priced Ernest, wonder if their prices relate to the high rental charges they must have to pay to the council for doing public risk liability and health and safety assessments etc,.

The Orkney and Loch Ryan cheddar cheeses that Morrison's sell are superb, and the perfect accompaniment are those sweet pink onions.


Comment by Mick on 23rd March 2013 at 16:03
You cant blame the council for letting these foreigners set up there stalls there, the council are getting paid rent.

If you want to blame anybody blame the crackpot Wiganers who there muck, if they were not selling they would soon stop coming.

Stick toffee cheese who in there right mind would buy that.


Comment by Colin Harlow on 23rd March 2013 at 17:35
I agree with you Mick, but I'm afraid I do blame the Council. There's a place for this sort of business and it shouldn't where it is in the photo. They are probably foreigners buying it anyway.


Comment by gary on 23rd March 2013 at 21:19
Support home business and industries!


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 23rd March 2013 at 22:28
Just been reading an article about these markets and especially the hugarian stalls......NOT good reading !!


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 23rd March 2013 at 22:32
Dont think the lad wanted his picture taking....simple as that !

(no offence Thomas)


Comment by Ken R on 23rd March 2013 at 22:35
That can't be Prince Harry he's not undresased.


Comment by Mike on 24th March 2013 at 03:27
Looks like he's seen the camera and realized his flys are undone


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 24th March 2013 at 09:47
Cyril, the cheapest onions in Wigan Market are 39p/lb. Morrison`s cheapest onions are 41p/lb.
I bought 2lb of good onions in Bolton Market last Tuesday for 44p. Wish we had Bolton Market in Wigan. Before anyone mentions cost of going to Bolton, I go there free on the bus from Shevington and free on the train from Wallgate (express takes 11 mins.).


Comment by Cyril on 24th March 2013 at 13:38
So very true Ernest, it's sad to see the market in Wigan deteriorating, well before king coal, cotton and rugby came along Wigan was famed throughout for its market days, even Chorley has a better market now than Wigan.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 24th March 2013 at 23:18
Cyril, when Wigan had a good fish and meat market they never ever reduced prices. Bolton market always has reduced prices of fish and meat every day they are open, later in the day.
Bury market only reduce price of fish and meat late on Saturdays.


Comment by David on 25th March 2013 at 15:41
Interesting photograph - isn't the black and white building the old Woolworths/


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 25th March 2013 at 22:32
Yes, David, it was Woolworths which closed in 1984.


Comment by David on 26th March 2013 at 10:41
Thanks Ervjomnest, do you remember the tea-bar in Woolworths - it ran parallel to what was then Station Road?


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 29th March 2013 at 21:27
David, have you been drinking!!? I certainly remember that tea bar. It was on the Station Road side.
I bought a pocket watch in Woolies for 5 shillings many many years ago and it kept good time for a very long time.


Comment by linda millard ne pritchard on 18th April 2013 at 21:34
i bought some invalid toffee from the very last sweet stall, a wigan man was selling all kind of sweets, he said its now called butter toffee, because there not allowed call it by its origional name of invalid toffee


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