Wigan Flood Alleviation (FAS) Phase 1&2.4 Comments
Item #: 32708
If Brian allows,I will complete this record of the Wigan Dam photographs up to the (near) present day in due course.
My 1st photographs shown on WW album was of my 1st employment in construction (M6 -Work) 1961 onwards. By coincidence, I finished my construction career, as I retired ,back in Wigan. In nearly 50 years of working on projects, it was mainly in the North including Glasgow/Ayrshire but mainly around the North West plus a short spell in Oxfordshire in the mid 90's. Not bad for a "Standisher" & educated in Wigan.
No connection with the above photo I'm afraid Barrie, but I was informed recently by what would appear to me to be an extremely knowledgable chap with regards to civil engineering matters in the northwest, that during the construction of the M61 near Farnworth, a brand new D8 sank, and was lost in the boggy ground. The story goes that it was written off by Mc Alpine's insurers as it was deemed to be too costly to recover and is still there to this day. If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm a little dubious, and wondered if you, having worked for Mac's had any knowledge of the alleged incident.
Apologies for bowling a curved ball.
Ozy, Can't help you on that story as that would be around 1969 or so and I was up in Scotland by then. If you can contact Broady via the message board or he sees this item, he is still in contact with the "McAlpines lads" via their Facebook page (remember sir alfred mcalpine and sons ltd public group(facebook ). I'm sure someone will remember the incident -that area was peat bogs and very soft ground according to a book I have on the motorway construction era.
Thanks for the reply Barrie. 1969 or thereabouts seems about right as Mac's had a plant between the M61 and the A6 at Brackley colliery near Little Hulton at that particular time.
The chap that related the D8 tale is a Wigan lad called Joe. I don't know his surname. He reckons to have operated plant for Mac's and worked on the M6 bridges for Fairclough.
You may have come across him at some point, or more likely not, as I know from personal experience that Mc Alpine's fusiliers were recruited from far and wide.