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Photo: Frank Orrell
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Item #: 27301
Standishgate after the switch on of the Christmas lights on Thursday 17th of November 1988.

Comment by: Willy Wackum on 24th December 2015 at 19:06

What a contrast to days miserable effort..

Comment by: Eddie. on 24th December 2015 at 19:56

I wonder what the Spanish bloke that plays the squeezebox was doing when this photo was taken?

Comment by: Vb on 26th December 2015 at 12:00

Probably flown home for Christmas Eddie with all his all his takings! Is he the one with the little dog?

Comment by: Vb on 26th December 2015 at 12:17

Second thoughts he probably hitched a lift on the sleigh over Wigan Park with that young lady who sells the 'Beeg Eeeesue"And they are now paddling in the surf in Benidorm!

Comment by: Eddie. on 26th December 2015 at 14:00

No, he doesn't have a dog Veebee. He always stands in front of what I believe is now Wilko's, but to be frank, I tend to avoid the town centre as much as possible, as walking from Primark to Wallgate station, through the minefield of buskers, can rattlers, hawkers and selectively homeless, must qualify as the 21'st century's equivalent of ' running the gauntlet '. Not only that, but Standishgate appears to be morphing into Wigan's interpretation of Las Ramblas, but sadly, devoid of the talent and entertainment value of the former.

Comment by: Vb on 26th December 2015 at 15:31

I think everyone would agree with you Eddie. I can't reply at length as I am still in a stupor from yesterday's eating and drinking! There are worse places though ie Bolton . And at least the white statue man has left .....mind you he would have looked better than the dreaded "Head" at the top of Millgate! My little grandson was terrified of him and we had to cross the road to avoid him!

Comment by: Eddie. on 26th December 2015 at 17:12

Yeah, the white statue man, how entertaining was he? He couldn't even hack the standing motionless for a few seconds part of the act. Talk about money for old rope. And the half inebriated looking Irishman a bit farther up with his flat cap , his tape deck and his flute that he couldn't have played a tune on if his life had depended on it. I wonder what Simon Cowell would have made of him? Lord have mercy on a poor sinner and give me strength.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th December 2015 at 19:11

The worst are the ones trying to sign you up for charity donations, and they especially drive me mad if I am with my hubby and they call us "you guys"......drives me potty, that phrase! If I'm on my own, I hold my mobile phone to my ear as if I'm talking in it and they leave me alone.

Comment by: Fred on 26th December 2015 at 19:44

Why don't you two just email each other you silly beggars! Bored the pants off me!,

Comment by: Eddie. on 26th December 2015 at 19:51

You wouldn't be the bloke with the flute by any chance would you Fred?

Comment by: Aubrey on 27th December 2015 at 08:09

Thanks Frank for an interesting photo, it does bring back pleasant memories.

Comment by: Vb on 28th December 2015 at 09:53

Simple message to the miserable old goat .....look at picture skip comments!

Comment by: Eddie. on 28th December 2015 at 18:33

It's a ' no brainer ' really veebee, innit ?

Comment by: Vb on 29th December 2015 at 10:40

Its nice to see Debenhams as it was with the windows dressed with the mannequins dressed in the lovely upmarket clothes. Debenhams is not the same somehow where it is in the galleries. The atmosphere isn't the same.

Comment by: Fred on 29th December 2015 at 18:41

Vb, Fair comment, but this old goat has common sense. You clearly have exactly the same interests , why not meet up to discuss them, what is miserable about that? If I had met someone with such a common interest to mine .... Ah well judging by your comment you took offence.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th December 2015 at 20:14

Agreed, Vb. I worked there 1973 to 76, long after it was Pendlebury's, and yet there was a Pendlebury's "feel" to it, somehow, and an atmosphere in the back-shop areas of an old Wigan Store.

Comment by: Vb on 29th December 2015 at 22:36

Fred the fairy godmother have you got a wand as well to change E ddie's caterpillar /tow motor into a glass coach??????!!!!! I can't believe the cheek of you! Am I missing summat here?

Comment by: Eddie. on 29th December 2015 at 23:45

Errrm....if anyone asks, I'll be in the Anderson shelter. Apologies Frank for using your excellent photograph as a vehicle for a bit of childish frivolity. I promise it won't happen again..............honest.

Comment by: Fred on 30th December 2015 at 00:49

Vb, Yip!

Comment by: Vb on 30th December 2015 at 11:02


Comment by: Fred on 30th December 2015 at 19:42

Creepy? Wow!!!! Your comment scares me! I apologise sincerely for the comments you clearly found so offensive. Giovanni , come back soooooon!,

Comment by: Edna on 17th November 2021 at 08:35

Great photo this Frank, compared to today's paltry scene, a few lights strung up hear and there,as if no one can be bothered.

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