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Started by: jo anne (34195) 

Roger McGough, ‘the godfather of modern British poetry’, is appearing in Wigan!

Thurs 19th May 2022
The Old Courts


Book tickets here:

Started: 1st Apr 2022 at 14:30

Posted by: ena malcup (1541) 

He has managed to keep going for a long time, hasn't he.

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 14:33

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

He has, Ena M, and long may he continue!

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 14:41

Posted by: ianp. (792) 

Definitely has! Roger McGough must now be in his mid-80s.
He certainly looks good for his age - must be down to that 'medicinal compound'.

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 14:45

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

Leigh’s The Turnpike Gallery reopens with 50th anniversary celebration (BWCN)

The Drawn In exhibition will run from Sat 2nd April - Sat 11th June

Tues - Sat, 10am - 4pm
Free entry

It will feature local, regional and nationally renowned artists many of whom had their first major exhibition at the gallery. The work of Henry Moore, who was the first artist to have his work shown at the gallery in 1971, will be returning along with paintings by L S Lowry, whose work was exhibited at The Turnpike in 1972.

The Turnpike Gallery,
Civic Square,
Leigh. WN7 1EB

For more info, email:

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 15:04

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

‘Medicinal compound’ as invented by Lily the Pink, IanP?

I could do with some of that!

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 16:26

Posted by: ianp. (792) 

Me, too!
Thanks for another informative post. Roger McGough must have a lot of great stories to tell due to his extremely interesting life and the people he has known and met. He probably spent time with Lennon and McCartney, because of his connection with Liverpool and with his time with Paul's brother.

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 17:58

Posted by: ena malcup (1541) 

The Scaffold's version of 'Lily the Pink' is a sanitised version of a bawdy drinking song, (we would probably call it a rugby song today) that particularly saw popularity amongst the soldiery of 1914-1918.

Lydia E Pinkham's product was widely condemned as quack medicine, but she pushed back strongly, pioneered much of what today we recognise as high-pressure selling, and was hugely successful. It gets mentioned a lot in textbooks concerning marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.

In some respects the song is taking the p---!

A song satirising the way a product was sold. Wonder if that is unique? Do you know of others?

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 21:31

Posted by: roylew (3619)

Who remembers Liverpool Lou

Replied: 1st Apr 2022 at 22:21

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

Ena M: Are there any other songs that satirise the way a product was sold?

That’s a good question, Ena! I don’t know.

I hadn’t heard Liverpool Lou before, Roylew. The Scaffold’s cover of the song by Dominick Behan.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2022 at 19:30

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

The current edition of Local Life - Wigan includes an article by Nicola Gray about notable local artists, James Lawrence Isherwood and Theodore Major: p.20 - 22, and a few more on p.23.

Free to read: here

Replied: 2nd Apr 2022 at 19:34

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

The Turnpike’s new exhibition looks brilliant, I’m looking forward to seeing it!

A Twitter Video: @LeighFilm

Pic - @CrossStreetArts

Replied: 2nd Apr 2022 at 19:43

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

Cross Street Arts,
Standish Links
Sat 6th Aug, 11am - 4pm

I went along a few years ago and enjoyed looking around.

Replied: 6th Aug 2022 at 12:38

Posted by: jo anne (34195) 

There’s also a new exhibition, Farther, by Matylda Augustynek at Cross Street Arts:

Tickets: Link

Replied: 6th Aug 2022 at 12:58


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