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Started by: linma (2922)

Came across a site today called when we were young, memories of life in Wigan during the 50’s and 60’s, never seen it before, there are 97 pages of people and places we loved.

Started: 12th Apr 2023 at 17:39

Posted by: riocaroni (683)

Just had a quick look, really interesting. Anybody with an hour to spare would find some facts to enlighten them?

Replied: 12th Apr 2023 at 21:28

Posted by: momac (12442) 

I've had a toot .linma and enjoyed it.

Replied: 13th Apr 2023 at 19:31

Posted by: tonker (28075) 

Some of the “facts” are just rumour. Wrong about John Charnley, for instance.

Replied: 13th Apr 2023 at 22:26

Posted by: bentlegs (5329)

Jealous he didn't,t come from sinhelins

Replied: 16th Oct 2023 at 14:25

Posted by: tonker (28075) 

"Sir John Charnley pioneered the hip replacement operation"

No he didn't!

And that's regardless of where he was 'from' (which wasn't Wigan, contrary to what plastic Wiganers think!)

Replied: 17th Oct 2023 at 18:44

Posted by: riocaroni (683)

Unbelievable, the amount of buildings that have come and gone. The one thing missing is the girls high school, which I think only lasted about twelve years. Also no metion of the big freeze of 1963?

Replied: 18th Oct 2023 at 13:54

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

riocaroni, the length of time depends on which school you are referring to. But, neither school only lasted around twelve years.

The old Wigan Girls' High School building, which is on Wigan Lane, is still standing; it is now Mab's Cross Primary School - also referred to as Mab's Cross Community Primary School. This school opened as WGHS around 1916; so it has been a school for more than one hundred years - and, hopefully, it is going to be there for at least the next one hundred years as it is a very nice building.

The Wigan Girls' High School, which became Whitley High School, was built in the 1960's (circa 1965) and closed in 1990. Shortly after closing as a school, the building was badly damaged by fire and it was demolished a short time after.
As many people on WW probably know, there is no school there now as it was decided by certain people that houses would be built on the land. Some schools (Whitley High, Whelley Middle, Gidlow Middle...) in and around Wigan were demolished at around the same time as, it was understood, there was no longer a need for so many schools as the birth rate was much lower than in the previous decades.

Replied: 19th Oct 2023 at 09:48

Posted by: riocaroni (683)

Ian, don't forget Thomas More. I was referring to the new girls high school and I did state I think, memory not what it used to be.

Replied: 20th Oct 2023 at 00:23

Posted by: mollie m (7250) 

It is a great site. I'll see if I can do a wotsibob for it. Link.

When We Were Young

Oops, sorry it didn't work, but I did do it properly. It didn't accept it for some reason,

Replied: 20th Oct 2023 at 18:41
Last edited by mollie m: 20th Oct 2023 at 18:43:54

Posted by: mollie m (7250) 

Just tried again but it's not having it.

Replied: 20th Oct 2023 at 18:48
Last edited by mollie m: 20th Oct 2023 at 18:48:57

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

riocaroni, I am extremely sorry if you were under the impression that I was trying to ridicule you, I definitely was not! Please accept my apologies regarding the misunderstanding.
I typed the information about the two schools to help those WW readers who are interested in this kind of knowledge and who are unaware of some of the facts.

"Ian, don't forget Thomas More."
Actually, I know very little about St Thomas More, because I wasn't born in that area of Wigan and I never went to that particular school. By the way, I assume (from your words) St Thomas More School is also no longer standing.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 11:13

Posted by: tonker (28075) 

Q: What do The Right Honourable Sir Brandon Lewis and Saint Sir Thomas More have in common?

A: Both have been MP for Great Yarmouth.

"Actually, I know very little about St Thomas More, because I wasn't born in that area of Wigan and I never went to that particular school."

Wigan Academics, eh.?

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 21:55

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

Your words, which you typed not too long ago, have no meaning at all! This is because, the topic was about schools and not people. I typed detailed information about two other schools and not about St Thomas More, the school.

Additionally, at college and university, there was no focus on studying the history of that particular school.

Also, your words are incorrect, unless Sir Thomas More is still alive. As far as I know, without Googling it, he died quite a number of centuries ago.

But, as you are well aware of, there is always Google to satisfy one's arrogance. Therefore, instead of being honest, I could have Googled the information about St Thomas More High School and placed the information on this site in an effort to try and impress naive people that I know more than I truly do.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 22:23
Last edited by ianp.: 21st Oct 2023 at 22:42:46

Posted by: tonker (28075) 

I've always been aware of the presence of Thomas More School in Newtown. And I'm from St.Helens (borough!), have never lived in Wigan (town!), but don't go around with my eyes shut!!
For a so-called "Wiganer" to not know about a school in his home-town's vicinity is ridiculous!

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 22:38

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

Don't be so ridiculous and so childish.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 22:53

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

Also, you seem to lack the ability to understand the language which we use. I did not type any word to indicate that I do not know anything about St Thomas More School.
I know where St Thomas More School was, the size and structure of the school, the colour of the uniform and more - and, I have never lived in Newtown.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 23:17

Posted by: tonker (28075) 

"Actually, I know very little about St Thomas More, because I wasn't born in that area of Wigan and I never went to that particular school. By the way, I assume (from your words) St Thomas More School is also no longer standing."

Hee, Heee, Heeeee! What a Clown!! Do you wear BIG shoes?

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 23:23

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

You are really pathetic and clearly very childish. No wonder many people on here totally ignore you.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 23:35

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

Additionally, it is your childish behaviour which is causing members to leave this site.
For a 70+ year old man, you certainly greatly lack the maturity one would expect of somebody of that age.

Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 23:45

Posted by: tonker (28075) 



Replied: 21st Oct 2023 at 23:51

Posted by: tony j (803) 

why don,t you give it a rest you pedantic tosser. this is a wigan site, and by your own admission, never lived in wigan, so why don't you bugger off , and do us all a favour.

Replied: 22nd Oct 2023 at 12:18

Posted by: retep1949 (1223)

What tonker does not know he makes it up.

Replied: 22nd Oct 2023 at 12:46

Posted by: Brasstoff (493)

I've just found the site but for some reason it won't let me save the page.
The first few pages I read were excellent, looking forward to reading the rest.
I put into Google," When We Were Young. Wigan." I found it straight away.
Good luck

Replied: 22nd Oct 2023 at 17:10

Posted by: gaffer (7984) 

Replied: 23rd Oct 2023 at 09:45

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

tony j and retep1949, thank you for your contributions. Your words have certainly put a delay to me leaving WW. I was on the verge of cancelling my membership.

Replied: 23rd Oct 2023 at 11:21

Posted by: tony j (803) 

no probs ianp, why should you leave ? this is a great site, put him on ignore , but don,t leave.

Replied: 23rd Oct 2023 at 12:00

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

Why should I leave?
This is not the first time tonker has typed words to attack me, there has been many times and without reason.
If you scroll up to where I first posted on this page, you will see that it was in reply to riocaroni's words about Wigan Girls' High School.
My following post was, again, in reply to riocaroni's words which directly followed my first post.
Neither of us (riocaroni or myself), mentioned anything about tonker or about anything he had typed. But, for some strange reason, tonker copy-pasted one part of my post and then typed a sarcastic remark followed by a number of silly "Smilies".

Quite a while ago, I began to see that Stardelta's words were possibly close to the truth in regard to certain behaviour (glorification or condemnation) on this site, and his words were similar to: "It isn't what you post on this site which matters, it is who posts it."

I am not the only person who tonker finds some kind of strange sadistic pleasure in attacking as he often attacks one poster who used to post frequently. This person does not post as often as they used to.

Please notice that tonker has not typed anything in response to your words, nor has he typed anything in response to retep1949's words.
I wonder how long it would have taken tonker to have typed some negative comment if I had typed those words?
Also, notice how few people have commented on what tonker typed.

Please accept my gratitude for your kind support and advice.

Replied: 24th Oct 2023 at 23:56

Posted by: tony j (803) 

no probs

Replied: 25th Oct 2023 at 10:25

Posted by: riocaroni (683)

Ian, if you want to get tonka going tell him Ryanair are crap hehehe!

Replied: 28th Oct 2023 at 17:19

Posted by: ianp. (932) 

riocaroni, thank you for your support.

Replied: 29th Oct 2023 at 09:10


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