|ART by ALAN OWEN
Wigan Pier. At the back of the artist is a rise in the bank. This had a gantry for tipping coal into the barges. This became the Wigan pier, joked about by music hall artists like George Formby and Frank Randel. The man in the painting was named Gordon Isherwood and later he became well known in the north of England.
Original painting by Alan Owen.