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Wigan Album

Whit Walks


Photo: Frank Orrell
Views: 2,730
Item #: 30329
An idea of the huge numbers that turned out to watch the annual Wigan Whit Walks in June 1968.
Here the procession makes its way along Powell Street with the Drill Hall in the background and past Hilton Street on the right.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd March 2018 at 07:06

This was the last Whit Walk for all the combined Catholic parishes and mine as well. It's just passing St John's presbytery. It was a sad occasion knowing it was the last one.

Comment by: Elaine Green on 23rd March 2018 at 08:43

Does anyone know why the Whit walks stopped? I have memories off being on Caroline Street with my family watching them, seemed like most of Wigan turned out.

Comment by: Joseph on 23rd March 2018 at 09:26

Looks like the Blackburn Catholic pipers leading, saw them many a time warming up in St Patrick Street and Rupert Street before St Patrick's walks moved off. Anyone recognise the Church banner, Sacred Heart?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 23rd March 2018 at 13:10

Elaine, I was wobndering that too. I remember the walks at Holland Moor, loads of people walking & lots lining the roads to watch the procession go by.

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