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Press cutting
Photo: Mick
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Further to the recent discussion re the date of Pendleburys' fire.
Press cutting from the 'News in Brief' column of The Times, Monday 3rd August 1953, showing the fire to have taken place the previous evening - Sunday 2nd August 1953.

Comment by: Johnny on 24th May 2016 at 09:11

Thanks Mick or Gumshoe for that enlightened research. Interesting to note that the August Bank Holiday was at the beginning of the month in those days!

Comment by: Albert. on 24th May 2016 at 09:39

Thank you Mick. That settles the matter,relating to the date of the fire.

Comment by: Mick on 24th May 2016 at 11:19

Johnny - the summer bank holiday used to be the first Monday in August, and the date was altered as an experiment, in the mid 1960s to the last Monday in the month. Legislation was introduced in 1971 making this alteration law.

Comment by: AB on 24th May 2016 at 13:31

Nostalgic reminder for me. In 1953 I spent 3 months in Wigan Infirmary During which time The Queen was crowned Hillary climbed Everest,We won the ashes and Pendlebury.s burnt down.yes I, remember the year??

Comment by: Jinksi on 24th May 2016 at 16:09

AB,remember 1953, had my Tonsil's out day Queen was Crowned,let out of Infirmary same day (so staff could watch Crowning ?) when I got home my Dad had rented a telly for the day from Fred Dawes.I missed most of it but we kept the Telly.

Comment by: Albert. on 24th May 2016 at 19:17

That weekend I must have been on a seventy two hour pass. I was stationed on the Salisbury Plains at the time. too far to come on a forty eight hour one. Then you travelled up to Manchester by coach, (No motorways), then a train to Wigan. All organized at the camp. ( A training Depot.) Same when going back.

Comment by: Basil on 26th May 2016 at 19:38

You would have thought that the WW local expert would have been onto this straight away. Sadly lacking I'm afraid.

Comment by: Bob on 26th May 2016 at 20:19

8 weeks earlier there was another big fire in Wigan. One for the conspiracy theorists?

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