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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 5th March, 2015) Views: 2,820 
Mesnes park
 Mesnes park   by The Bandstand  (Fuji X-T1)
You can now get married in here!

Comment by Mick on 5th March 2015 at 00:57
Is this photo what you would call a selfie Mr Bandstand.


Comment by Ken R on 5th March 2015 at 01:04
Nice photo, good memories, thank you. Some of the supports seem to be off the vertical but I think it would be designed and built that way for maximum stability.


Comment by peterp on 5th March 2015 at 06:26
Ok on a nice warm summers day. Don't fancy a winter wedding would be a little on the cold side. Also ideal for the wedding photos with the full use of the park has your back drop


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2015 at 07:04
Whose taken this excellent photo?


Comment by Jo Anne on 5th March 2015 at 07:33
Well captured, thanks :o)

https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Births-Marriage-Deaths/Marriages-and-Civil-Partnerships/Approved-venues.aspx#ad-image-0

'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.

http://youtu.be/cGnTHApEqTo


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
Lovely shot


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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/8894620/Military-bands-to-return-after-bombers-2m-last-request.html


Comment by RON HUNT on 5th March 2015 at 18:49
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 :-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-15777574


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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