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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 19th November, 2013) Views: 2,599 
New Gates
 New Gates   by Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Wigan Lock having new gates.

Comment by AP on 19th November 2013 at 00:03
Why is such extensive scaffolding needed?


Comment by Ken R on 19th November 2013 at 00:05
Interesting Mick. It is nice to see a major re-fit.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 19th November 2013 at 00:18
Wow Mick....fab picture.....nice to see these pics as I am not there....cheers!!!


Comment by Garry on 19th November 2013 at 06:27
Boring!


Comment by kath on 19th November 2013 at 07:28
a good shot from a good standpoint. a lot of work being done by the looks of it


Comment by Rev David Long on 19th November 2013 at 08:00
The scaffolding is there for health and safety for the workers, and perhaps also to allow the public to peer into the lock when the Canal & River Trust (formerly the British Waterways Board) held an Open Day at the lock and the adjacent dry dock over last weekend. See: http://waterwaynews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/open-day-at-wigan-lock.html
Normally, of course, the lock, like most in Britain, has no barriers round, but you'd get a softer, if wetter, landing when they're full of water if you fell in.


Comment by Jonno on 19th November 2013 at 09:00
Garry, there's only one answer to your comment,'Get off your backside and get YOUR camera out'


Comment by tricia on 19th November 2013 at 10:37
....and so are you dear Garry...


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 19th November 2013 at 12:15
Thanks Rev David; Was the dry dock built at same time as the canal?
Two interesting websites :-

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit-pdf/Wigan.pdf
http://www.tuesdaynightclub.co.uk/Tour_03/Tour03_20.html

Extract from the latter:- " At 09:30 we were past the Leigh Branch and started the Wigan Flight proper at 09:30. Rev David Long had been contacted and after his morning service, came out to join us, for his customary bike assisted lock wheeling."


Comment by Garry on 19th November 2013 at 13:36
AW Tricia, I've never called you boring...the photos just about opinions isn't it....


Comment by Mick on 19th November 2013 at 16:57
Ernest the website that you have found is very interesting.


Comment by dave johnson on 19th November 2013 at 18:39
Mick, surprised that you have not put photos of the work going on behind the DW Stadium. A few times there has been a large mobile crane to lift the locks.


Comment by Garry on 19th November 2013 at 19:21
Why dont you do it, Dave!


Comment by tricia on 19th November 2013 at 20:43
...only joking , Garry...you are OK really!
I was asking Colin about his bike by the way..we were in Wigan for most of October


Comment by Mick on 19th November 2013 at 23:07
Dave Johnson I saw that lock being done as wellwhen I was peddling past but didnt stop.


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