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Photo: Frank Orrell
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Item #: 32644
Goodbye Mr. Chips.....Cashing in their chips at the soon to close Boro fish and chips cafe in Millgate are owner David Gee and his mum Jean on Tuesday 21st of December 2004.
The chippy was opened 72 years previously by William Gee and then run by his son Kenneth and eventually grandson David.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 9th August 2020 at 09:26

Loved it in there. Our Jamie and Ashley loved going in the cafe part at the back for a treat. It was just simple and homely and the fish and chips were delicious. I wouldn't have swapped it for tea at The Ritz Hotel.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 9th August 2020 at 11:56

I remember that in the early the late fifties, early sixties there a little cafe, or snack bar In Millgate, on the corner of The Wiend. Wasn’t the Empire cinema in The Wiend?.

Comment by: Albert. S. on 9th August 2020 at 12:09

The Wiend could be accessed in the sixties from the Market Place. Looking at Google map, it now seems to be a cul-de-sac.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 9th August 2020 at 12:37

You still access The Wiend from Market Place, Albert and it still leads to both Millgate and the new library but is all "open space" now once you get past what was Tickle's shop.

Comment by: Edna on 9th August 2020 at 16:20

I remember David Gee,He was very pleasent.I was pleased to read he had won the lottery once, or was it a pools win.Anyway it was nice for him.

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 10th August 2020 at 12:23

Yes.The Empire Cinema was in the Wind
I was dragged there by my mother to watch Jeanette Macdonald & Nelson Eddy in some unappealing Musical romanceDid it have the Indian Lovesong in it?

Comment by: John on 10th August 2020 at 18:09

David Gee lives in Southport

Comment by: Tony on 11th August 2020 at 07:15

The Empire cinema was actually in Coopers Row, the next alley to the Wiend, just across from the John Bull pub.
The firm I worked for had a maintenance contract for the place when it was a bingo hall. It was demolished all around 1978.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 11th August 2020 at 13:24

I saw that film Donald. I saw it at the Canada Cinema where the Wigan Little Theatre is now. Nelson Eddy was a Canadian Mounted Policeman. Irene remembers the Canada Cinema as the Alliance Cinema. Was the film called ‘Rose Marie’?. I also saw another one there with Nelson Eddy. He was a Cossack. I was only about seven, or eight.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 11th August 2020 at 19:46

Donald. The film were Nelson Eddy plays as a Cossack, was ‘Balalaika’ The song I remember from it Donald, contained the words’. ‘Can’t you hear me calling, can’t you hear me calling, oh my lovely Russian rose. Can’t you hear me calling, where the River Volga flows’.

Comment by: TerryW on 13th August 2020 at 19:59

Sorry, but never liked that chippy.

Comment by: jack on 14th August 2020 at 11:03

Called in there on the way home from the baths, for a penny crust.

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 14th August 2020 at 20:11

I never shared my mother's taste for the pictures but I think Nelson Eddy as a Canadian Mountie may have been a persuader

Comment by: James Hanson on 5th September 2020 at 20:27

Was the cafe council owned?

Comment by: Clare on 20th October 2020 at 22:21

Does anyone no what happened to him. Did he ever reopen a chippy

Comment by: bryan traynor on 21st October 2020 at 10:05

David won a small fortune twice on "spot the ball" competitions.

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