Wigan’s Walk of Fame

Started by: jo anne (33694) 

Seventeen stars, so far, on Believe Square

My pics are deceptive - each star is the same size.

Only 3 of the 17 stars are in honour of women.

Started: 25th Feb 2021 at 13:59

Posted by: mortarmillbill (698)

I am trying to think of any deserving Wigan women.


Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 14:40

Posted by: admin (978)

What about June Croft. George Formby, Frank Randle...
and this guy..

Full name: Charles Sydney Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: January 26, 1879 in Worsley Mesnes, Pemberton, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: April 6, 1951 (Aged 72.) in Southport, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: Wigan SC. Salford SC, Salford (GBR) / Southport Swimming Club, Southport (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Charles Smith of Salford SC captained the winning British water polo team at the 1908 Olympics and after joining Southport SC he won two more gold medals in 1912 and 1920. At the time of winning his third gold in Antwerp in 1920, Smith was 41 years and 270 days old and is the oldest water polo gold medallist in Olympic history. He made a fourth Olympic appearance in 1924 at the age of 45, was England’s goal-keeper for 25 years from 1902 to 1926, and in recognition of his talents he was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida.

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 15:36
Last edited by admin: 25th Feb 2021 at 15:39:26

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Who decides ?

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 15:47

Posted by: Billinge Biker (868) 

Don't even think of lisping Lisa

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 16:27

Posted by: riocaroni (203)

What about Big Amy, frittent of nobody!

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 16:42

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

Some local women I think are worthy of a star:

June Croft, Olympic Swimmer - Link

Caroline Tomlinson and Susan V Jones who founded local charity My Life - Link

Pam Gilligan who founded Compassion in Action in 2006 - Link

Elizabeth Costello, Founder of Leigh Film and Short Film Festival - Link

Pat Millward, ambassador for unpaid Carers

Eunice Smethurst, Abram Councillor since 1996, Mayor 2006/07 - Link

Laura Quinn Harris, outstanding local artist - Link

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 17:52

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

I-Spy, I think there used to be a page on the Council website where residents could nominate people, but I now can’t find any information about the walk of fame at all.

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 17:55

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

We are delighted to announce that our campaign for a plaque to Wigan Born Spy, Margery Booth has now been accepted by the Culture Project Board of Wigan Council.

We are now in the talks of the placement and production of the plaque.

Thank you to all those who supported our campaign. And we will have more updates in the near future. From Notre Society on Facebook

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 18:49

Posted by: basil brush (16858)

What about frank Richards, Mr universe.

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 19:06

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

I-Spy, the plaque for Margery Booth will be a different thing aside as people have to be living to be awarded a star.

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 20:12

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Sadly that rules out big Amy.maybe a plaque would be appropriate..I think her hubby is still with us.
Ps what happens to the star folk when the inevitable happens ?

Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 11:43

Posted by: basil brush (16858)

Joanne, I think you should have one for all the informative threads you put on wigans no1 site.

Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 11:47

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

Haha, thanks Basil, but I’m quite happy with my 5 WW stars.

Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 15:44

Posted by: admin (978)

What happens when they die are they removed

Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 20:01

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

I wouldn't imagine so, Admin.

Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 20:04

Posted by: tonker (23931) 

Joanne - "Laura Quinn Harris, outstanding local artist "

A St.Helenser in Wigan Walk of Fame?


Replied: 26th Feb 2021 at 23:54

Posted by: Pewfall (185) 

amazed Tonker is so slow. I noticed days ago the Wigan walk of fame boasts a scouser, a yorkshireman, a gentleman born in india, a welshman, a spaniard, and a chap from burnley. All of them are very nice people of course.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 01:09

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

I’ve just found this article from when The Queen’s Own Yeomanry regiment were presented with a star in 2018 - Link:

“The leader of Wigan Council Cllr David Molyneux is the person solely responsible for deciding which worthy organisation or local person should receive this special award. The leader chose to award the regiment a star because of its long-lasting links with Wigan Borough.”

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 08:07

Posted by: peter israel (1084) 

There is so much that is wrong with this!! First the bar has been set so low...To begin with just an athlete and then a surgeon - don't get me wrong well done to them ! But if that's Wigan's top award it will not take a long time to fill... I wouldn't mind if it was dead Wiganers known for their greatness... Sometimes I see the stuff that Wigan Council spends money on and I think to myself who comes up with these ideas ? Its great that they do something for the town but they "go too big" - Its Wigan not NY and I don't think people relate to it. I believe the person who is in charge of this has an ego problem. Maybe it's Counselor David Molyneux - small man syndrome - well it seems like he has put himself in charge of this project all on his own and its a very fine line to nepotism from there when a politician has the last say...

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 09:11

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

The Walk of Fame began before Cllr Molyneux became the council leader, Peter. I’m not sure of the year, but it would’ve been Lord Peter Smith at the time.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 09:33

Posted by: Anne (4002) 

Wonder if there will ever be equivalent Wigan stars such as Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck and Lassie as on the LA walk?
Don't think there is a walk of fame in NY.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 09:40

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Hacker the dog should have a star, proper Wigan lad.

Alright cockers!

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 10:53

Posted by: basil brush (16858)

I thought I would have had one named after me.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 11:24

Posted by: JR (253)

Laura Quinn Harris is from Haydock, not St Helens

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 11:38

Posted by: JR (253)

I would just like to add, that although Billy Boston is from South Wales, I think most people will agree that he is a naturalised Wiganer and has helped to bring fame to our town.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 13:24

Posted by: tonker (23931) 

JR said, "Tonker,
Laura Quinn Harris is from Haydock, not St Helens"

But, anybody from Haydock, who were born after 1974 (as Laura was), is from St.Helens.
Rather like anybody from Ince, who were born after 1974, is from Wigan Metropolitan Borough.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 14:16

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

Thanks, JR. I just knew Laura is usually described as a Wigan-based artist now.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 14:23

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

TerryW: Hacker the dog

I’d seriously thought of the man behind Hacker, Terry. You couldn’t get a better Wigan ambassadog on national telly.

Likewise, Shaun Keaveny on BBC Radio 6 Music is a great ambassador for Leigh.

Oy has told me there’s also a walk of fame in Leigh, where the stars feature different people from the ones in Wigan.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 14:32
Last edited by jo anne: 27th Feb 2021 at 14:48:51

Posted by: tonker (23931) 

jo anne wrote, "Thanks, JR. I just knew Laura is usually described as a Wigan-based artist now."

If she is 'based in Wigan' she is definately a Wigan based artist.

An artist, from Haydock, St.Helens, based in Wigan?

Where is her studio?

Over to you, JR!

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 14:37

Posted by: JR (253)

Tonker, her studio is in Swinley.

Replied: 27th Feb 2021 at 17:30


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