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Circus Elephants
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 32831
Elephants on their way to the BIG TOP? probably Chipperfields circus 1960's? Looks like it could be be of Frank Orrell's photos? Can't remember the Tetley pub?

Comment by: AH on 22nd December 2020 at 20:38

RON , Banks's arms .the wheatsheaf was at the corner of queen st

Comment by: RON HUNT on 22nd December 2020 at 20:47

AH thanks for the info. can't remember that pub. Been in the Wheatsheaf many times in the 1960's 70's as I worked at Plesseys which was just opposite down Willgoose Lane.

Comment by: AH on 22nd December 2020 at 20:59

Willgoose lane the sign is/was on the railway bridge. didn,t know plesseys used to be there

Comment by: Edna on 22nd December 2020 at 21:31

Ron,I worked at Plesseys Wallgate, in the 1960's Were was Willgoose Lane?

Comment by: Mr X on 22nd December 2020 at 22:34

I have never seen any elephants in Wigan, but years ago in Blackpool at around 6am there were often up to ten elephants that belonged to the Tower Circus to be observed on the beach near the tower being washed.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 23rd December 2020 at 08:49

Willgoose Lane is the narrow passageway at the side of Wallgate railway bridge it ran down by the side of the embankment wall. I think its been blocked off now with a fence? Edna I worked at Plesseys from 1966 until it closed in 1973. Best place I have ever worked It wasn't like going to work. Enjoyed every minute of my time there.

Comment by: Carolaen on 23rd December 2020 at 09:40

In the early 1960s (no later than 1963) a circus was set up in the Playing fields off Darlington Street East, on the land where St Pats Rugby club now is. We had our primary school dinners in the canteen there and watched them out up the big tent. There was a parade of animals including elephants along Darlington St. My parents took me to one performance there.

Comment by: jont65 on 23rd December 2020 at 10:04

Remeber this the the animals arrived by train then paraded to the ground on Scot Lane

Comment by: Roy on 23rd December 2020 at 10:28

EDNA, go on WW, Places, Willgoose Lane, and you will see what Ron has just explained.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 23rd December 2020 at 12:28

Maureen and Sheila will know Willgoose Lane (Ropewalk) as they both lived in Great George Street way back.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd December 2020 at 13:42

Yes jont65, the circus was held on Laithwaite Park off Scot Lane Newtown in the 1950s, there was a big hoo ha at the time about the Elephants being walked down from the station to attract folks to come and see them.

Comment by: Ste Wigan on 23rd December 2020 at 14:00

Carolaen....I remember the parade coming up Darlington Street East. Do you remember animals in cages on the parade? I don't know for sure if there were or whether it was just my young imagination at the time. We lived on Darlington Street East.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd December 2020 at 16:21

This is the circus that I remember at Newtown in the 1950s, photos from off the Album: https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/showalbum.php?opt=8&gallery=Circus+comes+to+Town

So was there another visit by a circus as Ron states on the photo as being the 1960s?

Comment by: Edna on 23rd December 2020 at 17:59

Thank you Ron and Roy. I know were you mean now.I walked down that passageway every morning.Didnt know what it was called..I agree with you Ron, its the best place that I have worked as well.When I first started, it was Garard's record players.Then changed over to Plesseys. One of my best memories then was waiting to be trained,and everything to be set up.So for quite a few months we had no work, but was still being paid.We had a whale of a time, doing each others hair, nails, and reading.Best job ever.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd December 2020 at 19:30

According to Johnson Press the circus on the photo is Robert's Circus which performed in the town in 1969.

Comment by: Alan on 24th December 2020 at 08:45

Johnston Press not Johnson Press.

Comment by: Cyril on 24th December 2020 at 15:22

Alan, instead of being PEDANTIC to others, try contributing something useful and helpful to folks on here.

Comment by: Alan on 24th December 2020 at 22:16

But I am helpful to you, you got the name Johnson Press that is wrong, I'm only correcting you. JOHNSTON PRESS is the correct word. I thought you would have been pleased, merry xmas.

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