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Ian McKellen


Photo: Frank Orrell
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Item #: 29844
Tea and cake for world famous actor, Ian McKellen, as he chats to Parsons Walk resident, Bob Yates, inside the house at number 17 where Ian spent most of his early life until he was twelve after being born in Burnley.
He was on a brief visit to Wigan on Thursday 18th of April 1996, the town where he attended Dicconson Street Primary School and Wigan Grammar School.

Comment by: Cyril on 31st October 2017 at 14:21

Great to see a photo of Bob and his Boxer dog, I can imagine Sir Ian being enthralled as Bob was a great character and could tell a good tale or two. I'd often see him when walking our dog at Marylebone Park, he'd light a cigarette and puff away, though never inhaling the smoke, perhaps the reason why he lived to such a grand age.

Comment by: GT on 2nd November 2017 at 19:24

I am dissapointed in him to be honest. When he was on 'Who Do Think You Are' he mentioned being born in Burnley then jumped to Bolton. There was no mention of Wigan at all. Despite spending over 11 years in Wigan and only seven in Bolton he still considers Bolton his home town.

Comment by: Maggie K on 3rd November 2017 at 08:27

GT. Sir Ian comes back to Wigan often when he is invited. Recently to the old Magestrate's Court theatre. I suspect however edited the programme left out any mention of Wigan. A great Photo.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd November 2017 at 15:18

I agree with Maggie; the editors of the programme have to fit it into a time-slot and edit the contents to fit; Sir Ian would have had no say in the end product. He was here for the Wigan Pride March not long ago and he seems to have a soft spot for Wigan.

Comment by: Keith on 4th November 2017 at 17:06

I agree with Irene and Maggie. I have seen other interviews with Sir Ian when he has quite pointedly mentioned his time living in Wigan, notably being enthralled by the returning actors from the Wigan Hippodrome to their nearby digs in Bridgeman Terrace.

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