'Mesnes Park, Wigan has now been licensed to hold civil ceremonies. The two venues within the park are the Lodge and the Bandstand (only available May - Sept weather permitting). The lodge can hold a maximum of 50 guests.'
Comment by Dave (Oy) on 5th March 2015 at 08:25
Ooops - my secret Identity is revealed at last. I am indeed - a bandstand!
Comment by Mick on 5th March 2015 at 09:06
It wouldnt be nice to turn up for a wedding and to find the bandstand had been covered in Graffiti like whats been captured on this video.
Comment by irene roberts on 5th March 2015 at 09:40
It's lovely. I'm so glad Wigan has kept something of its heritage. The park café and bandstand have such character.
Comment by Giovanni on 5th March 2015 at 09:47
Nice pic whoever took it!
I can remember local beat groups playing on it on summer Saturday evenings in the 60's. Can anyone else recall?
Comment by A.W. on 5th March 2015 at 10:10
I seem to recall the band stand once had a sort of moveable curved screen to keep off the wind, am I right?
Comment by Peter on 5th March 2015 at 10:26
This looks like one of mr. Oys fotos
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2015 at 10:53
I thought it would be you Dave (Oy)!
For other P-a-D`s to compare:- 23rd April 2010, 13th April 2012 and 18th April 2012.
Bandstand built in 1890 - not sure who by - either George Smith & Co., Glasgow or Walter Macfarlane & Co,. Glasgow.
Comment by Maureen on 5th March 2015 at 11:46
Thank you Oy..lovely memories of my youth come flooding back with this photo.
Comment by MarieM on 5th March 2015 at 13:10
Lovely photo. As Maureen said what memories. When we were young and single everyone used to walk round the Park on a Sunday afternoon.
Comment by Brendell on 5th March 2015 at 15:13
Oh I do remember groups playing in the bandstand during the 60's. However, if my memory serves me right it was on Sunday evenings.
Comment by Mick on 5th March 2015 at 18:38
Just sat next to Ernest Pyke in the doctors and he reminded me that William Higham left £2m to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust in a his will on condition that it brought military brass band back to Mesnes Park.
Mick the last thing I heard was that his family were contesting the will, that was a couple of years ago, so I don't know what the outcome was????
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 6th March 2015 at 07:51
RON HUNT; See :-
Comment by Giovanni on 6th March 2015 at 10:10
You could be right Brendell. Anyway it was the week-end, care free days!!
Comment by Jean F (Wales) Nee Smith on 6th March 2015 at 16:06
Could do with a "wash and brush up"I don`t remember the steps though.Used to love roller skating on there and the park keeper chasing us off ....never caught us though.As maureen and marie M said ...sunday was the day to be in the park Lovely memories for the 1950`s
Comment by Jean F (Wales) Nee Smith on 6th March 2015 at 16:09
Forgot to say........beautiful clouds ....gorgeous.thankyou Dave.
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