Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 19th October 2014 at 00:05
Good photo. Lots of changes apparent since I left Wigan in 1972.
Comment by Gem on 19th October 2014 at 00:08
dizzy heights eh?
Comment by Ken R on 19th October 2014 at 01:28
Not a patch on the old "Wigan Fair".
Comment by Derek Platt on 19th October 2014 at 02:18
What has Wigan fair come to. You can't replicate the old market square location. And where are the black peas
Comment by Cyril on 19th October 2014 at 03:20
Wonder what the object on the centre right of the horizon is, could it by chance be the flying man that was recently seen swirling around at 300 feet by the crew of an airbus when coming in to land at Manchester airport.
Or is it angel Gabriel come to give Mick's ass a reet good kicking for the audacity of suggesting that he was named after archangel Michael.
Comment by Garry on 19th October 2014 at 07:30
The shot would have been better if the two seats on the wheel was out of sight. Just two seconds later, a perfect shot.
Haigh Hall in the back ground.
Comment by troll on 19th October 2014 at 07:56
If advertising isn't allowed how come PONTS FERRIS WHEEL is allowed?
Nice to see a different angle of this popular scene
Comment by Mick on 19th October 2014 at 08:28
I can count about 20 people on that photo so it looks like the fair is not bringing people into the town centre.
Comment by Helen on 19th October 2014 at 08:32
I suppose having a traffic free area means things like this little fairground draw people to the town centre. God Forbid that those with the power don't decide to revamp the black & white buildings...that would signal the end of Wigan. Nice clear photo, must have been early morning.
Comment by Aubrey on 19th October 2014 at 09:03
A nice photo Dave, but the Ferris wheel does look out of place in the town centre. I presume the 2 flying birds are pigeons.
Comment by Giovanni on 19th October 2014 at 09:09
Great pic of Market Place. I take back my earlier comments.The Council have made it pedestrian friendly and modern. When did the traffic cop go who stood where Wallgate ended?
Comment by kath on 19th October 2014 at 09:33
Lovely! I'm coming up on WEdnesday and can't wait! What's happening to WH Smiths?
Comment by Aubrey on 19th October 2014 at 11:03
Wigan Police amalgamated with Lancashire Constabulary in 1969. Replacing the police officer on 'point duty' ,by traffic lights, was one of the first changes made soon after that amalgamation.
Comment by Anne on 19th October 2014 at 12:04
Thank goodness it was decided to revamp the monstrosity that was the central arcade. Although the frontage is modern I always think it a great improvement on the previous eyesore.
As usual good piccy.
Comment by Giovanni on 19th October 2014 at 12:48
Another question. When did the subterranean toilets disappear? Always handy when coming out of the Crofters! I remember the toilet attendant who kindly found my watch one Xmas when I was eager to meet a date outside Lowes!
Comment by Helen on 19th October 2014 at 16:25
You're right Ken R, Wigan Fair was the best, a real fair. Here in Norfolk we have a big fair called Kings Lynn Mart & even that can't match my memories of the one at Wigan on the Market Square.
Comment by HENRY7 on 19th October 2014 at 17:17
Alan (on Vancouver Island) Can't believe that you haven't been back to your home town in over 40 years, shame on you. Lovely photo Dave.
Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 19th October 2014 at 18:56
Thanks for your comment HENRY7. 1972 was when I first emigrated. I come back occasionally on vacation, but frequently get lost as things have changed a lot, or is it that my memory is failing me ?
Comment by Jude on 20th October 2014 at 16:22
Great shot again Dave. Disagree with Garry think you got this just right in my eyes. Amazing colours combined.
Comment by Kal on 20th October 2014 at 17:28
Like this one Dave. Get,s better the more you blow it up and look at it again.
Comment by Garry on 27th October 2014 at 21:08
He's a right fool.
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