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 Photo-a-Day      (Wednesday, 28th January, 2015) Views: 2,947 
Wigan Pier
 Wigan Pier   by Brian  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
A shot of the Pier looking towards the recently demolished Wigan Pier night club.

Comment by David Fairclough on 28th January 2015 at 00:18
This will make a good before and after shot when the complete renovations


Comment by Giovanni on 28th January 2015 at 00:33
Good shot Brian.
This reminds me of a cartoon in the old comic in the fifties called "Radio Fun". The strip was called Our Ernie about the adventures of a young Wigan lad! And Wigan Pier was always mentioned. Anyone else recall?


Comment by A Parr on 28th January 2015 at 04:22
The one and only pier in Wigan,gone not good.What next.I wonder what will take its place


Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 28th January 2015 at 04:24
That was always my favorite image of Wigan.......how sad !


Comment by Mick on 28th January 2015 at 05:47
Looks so much better all ready, just need some of the buildings on the other side knocking down now then the canal will be opened up and be you will be able to view the passing boats as you drive past.


Comment by Garry on 28th January 2015 at 08:26
I was just going to say that Mick.
The demolition should have carried to them other run down buildings.


Comment by Alan on 28th January 2015 at 08:37
At one time an haulage firm use to be base around there, whats know has wagon and drag trucks.


Comment by Garry on 28th January 2015 at 09:07
Wigan Pier NOT gone, A Parr. The demolished men have just knocked a disused night club down...and I must say, it's about time as well.


Comment by Jonno on 28th January 2015 at 09:25
A Parr, the Pier is still there, the Pier nightclub should have gone years ago, as Mick says it looks better already.


Comment by Jim Latham on 28th January 2015 at 09:31
Alfred Goulding's garage wasn't part of the demolition programme. Is it still used? Would it have been better to be demolished?
Anyway, the area looks better already.


Comment by P.W. on 28th January 2015 at 09:43
Mick and Garry, why not knock the whole lot down and use the rubble to fill in the canal? By your standards it would be much less trouble that way.


Comment by Alan H on 28th January 2015 at 14:03
Did they really need to cut down the tree? Should have been a preservation order put on it.


Comment by Garry on 28th January 2015 at 15:30
You like eyesores do you, P.W.


Comment by Derek Platt on 28th January 2015 at 16:42
I've been away from Wigan too long, 35 years. I never frequented this area, however I thought the night club was on the other bank. i.e the right one. So what is the building with the clock tower.


Comment by Jonno on 28th January 2015 at 18:50
I's The Orwell, Derek a pub.


Comment by A.W. on 28th January 2015 at 18:51
Derek the building with the clock tower is the Orwell Pub. The clock tower was added in 1989 though the building is one of the original Wigan Pier buildings and was converted to a pub in the 80s.


Comment by Garry on 28th January 2015 at 19:11
Wigan Pier, Derek.


Comment by Neil Rigby on 28th January 2015 at 19:51
Yes Giovanni, I remember "Our Ernie" in the comics. Apparently "Our Ernie" was based on the character "Albert Ramsbottom" of the poem "THE LION AND ALBERT" - I think well worth a read.
http://monologues.co.uk/Albert_and_the_Lion.htm


Comment by irene roberts on 28th January 2015 at 20:33
I'm much too young, Giovanni! Trouble is, you know I'm lying! I honestly don't recall "Our Ernie", but I know "Albert and the Lion" and "1066" monologues.....brilliant!


Comment by Carol on 29th January 2015 at 09:46
Garry, Wigan pier is on the opposite bank to the clock and further up. The 'clockside' bank was where the way we were attraction was (possibly started life as a warehouse)


Comment by Giovanni on 29th January 2015 at 10:16
Thanks Neil.
I can recall Stanley Holloway reciting the poem on the TV years ago.
Irene
You're as young as you want to be, remember!


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