HARRY WALDER15 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 28051
Ron. I remember the one at the top of the arcade. Was this an additional one, or did he move his location to the one shown?.
Albert this is the only weighing scales I can remember I do remember that at one time he was located on the same side as Smiths Newsagents stall just lower down.
His pitch to passers by was "Try your weight now, friends"
I used to get weighed free, he was my mums dancing partner,70 years ago. lol.
I only recall the scales where they are shown on this picture.
I don't remember the stall in this location, it was on the opposite side below Smith's newsagents. For years.
My husband,John,recalls that the man who operated the weighing machine had a false hand,and he once saw him fasten his tie with just his one 'real'hand!!!!
My husband thinks the weighing machine man's name was Jack Rudd
The weighing machine man was Bob Rudd and his weighing machine was on the same side as Smiths.His wife was Lily Rudd who was manager of one of the butchers on Ince Bar,and they lived in Anderton St in Ince
I,m sure I'm not loosing my marbles with my comment relating to the weighing machine. I was referring to sometime in the 1940s. If no one has any knowledge of this, then the defence rests. The other paintings depicting the Arcade, and Gorners, does not show any weighing machines?.
I think? originally the weighing machine was on the same side as Smith's Newsagents stall but when Sid Smith extended his stall he moved to the opposite side, as the painting shows.
Eileen,I'd forgotten all about his false hand...I think my Mam got on his scales every time we went to Wigan town centre..it must have been during her PLJ time,when she always seemed to be slimming.
At one time there was also someone who operated personal weighing scales outside the Market Hall entrance opposite the bottom of the Makinson Arcade. I seem to remember that these were more elaborate and involved sitting in a chair suspended by chains at one side and weights being loaded onto another device suspended by chains on the other side. Anyone else recall this?
Bill your right his wife Lily was manager of Dewhursts butcher on Ince Bar.
DerekB. You are right, the chair weighing machine was located between Cassinellis and Lewis's I cream kiosks. I remember it well.