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Pemberton 1940
Pemberton 1940
Photo: Ian Banks
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Item #: 25754
Digging a path through the snow - Photo from twitter @WiganCouncil

Comment by: Albert. on 4th December 2014 at 20:01

Hi Ian. My mother,and dad tried, in the early evening, during the winter of 1940, to walk along Warrington Road, Spring View, to my uncle, and aunt's house, in Higher Ince.

It was snowing so hard, and getting deeper, and deeper, my dad had to put me on his shoulders. Before we reached St Mary's School, we had to turn back, and go back home.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th December 2014 at 20:40

This is brilliant! Thankyou so much for posting. I am really interested in the 1940s and love the fact that everyone wore hats......look at the young girl's pixie-hood. A wonderful photo.

Comment by: Geoff K on 4th December 2014 at 21:39

Everyone getting stuck in to fix the problem, not whining and waiting for the Council a week later, as would happen today!

Comment by: charlie on 5th December 2014 at 04:03

were was this photo taken.

Comment by: Garry on 5th December 2014 at 08:10

No snow ploughs then. They all wear hats because it's cold.

Comment by: indalo on 5th December 2014 at 09:27

This photo is of Moor Rd, with Linden Ave in the background.

Comment by: Maureen on 5th December 2014 at 10:46

These photo's are priceless..another moment in time.
thank you Ian.

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th December 2014 at 12:58

Garry, people DID wear hats in the 1940s.....Summer and Winter alike. It was the fashion then.

Comment by: Kal on 5th December 2014 at 16:21

Dead right Irene. I have an old picture of my father. In the picture he is wearing a heavy dark coat and trilby, cigarette in hand. He is standing in front of a group of his friends. I swear he looks like the leader of the Mob. I thought James Cagney eat your heart out. They had a style back then.

Comment by: ann21 on 5th December 2014 at 18:30

I thought Moor Road and Linden Avenue were in Orrell.

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th December 2014 at 20:01

Thanks Kal. Peter and I attend 1940s events and we both wear hats. Peter has an original suit and looks so smart, and I have an original forties hat. People took such trouble with their appearance then.

Comment by: Giovanni on 6th December 2014 at 09:27

I remember snow like this in 1963. The bus taking us to school in Up Holland got stuck and had to walk the rest of the way. Mind you enjoyed the snow-balling on the way!

Comment by: fred foster on 6th December 2014 at 16:26

On the morning after the snow my dad opened the back door to go to work on his bike and was met by a 4foot snowdrift. He went back to bed!! It didn't stop us from going to school after the snow plough had gone through

Comment by: Aubrey on 7th December 2014 at 14:33

We'll spotted indaloo, the photo is certainly in Moor Road, Orrell taken from where the motorway bridge now exists

Comment by: Aubrey on 7th December 2014 at 14:35

Sorry I meant indalo.

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