Visit by Mother Teresa

Started by: stjon (206)

Apologies in advance for this sketchy info, but my wife is an old Wiganer and she remembers being in a school about 45 years ago, run by nuns I think, and she was chosen to present flowers to Mother Teresa when she visited the UK and the Wigan area. It meant so much to my wife as a Catholic, and she would love to find out more info, especially a photo, which I assume would have been taken for such an important occasion. I am trying to find out information as a surprise for my wife, hence the lack of info. Can anyone help please?

Started: 12th Jul 2010 at 17:47

Posted by: bluesfan (1595)

Hi, my sisters and my niece were at Wigan Station to meet Mother Teresa when she arrived in the town. They were part of a handful of children there to meet her on a wet Saturday morning. My Dad took a picture of them with Mother Teresa, the only picture in existence that I know of. In fact the Wigan Observer contacted my Dad to ask him could they reproduce the picture for their paper.

Replied: 18th Jul 2010 at 21:05

Posted by: stjon (206)

Bluesfan - so grateful for your reply! Do you have ANY more info?? Date? Names of anyone who attended? Does the photo still exist - I suppose there's a chance my wife might be in it...

Replied: 19th Jul 2010 at 14:43

Posted by: bluesfan (1595)

Obviously you don't want to put your email address on here but if you join the Mudhutter forum at

and use the user name stjon then I'll be able to contact you when you log in.

Replied: 19th Jul 2010 at 20:28

Posted by: stjon (206)

Hi again Bluesfan - I've done as advised. Will I need to be online there when you are or can you just pm me?

Replied: 20th Jul 2010 at 14:22

Posted by: penny2 (14)

I attended Notre Dame High School in Standishgate from 1969 to 1974 when it closed down and we had nuns there as teachers .I remember Mother Teresa's visit there in between these years .A few photos are on Wigan World of the school and several more on Friends Reunited .I hope this is of some help to your wife stjon.

Replied: 8th Nov 2010 at 13:53

Posted by: jo anne (33635) 

@GalleriesWigan (1st May 2020):

Website / Facebook

Does anyone know any more about this?

Replied: 9th May 2020 at 09:11

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

I used to like Mother Teresa, and also that song Elton sung about her Sandals in the Bin, when she died.

Replied: 9th May 2020 at 10:21

Posted by: jo anne (33635) 


Elton John once visited Leigh, Mick,
but does anyone know more about Mother Teresa’s visit to Springfield?

Replied: 23rd May 2020 at 12:20
Last edited by jo anne: 23rd May 2020 at 12:20:52

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Georgie Fame lived there, and he owned a club in London called the Bag of Nails, which I went in once.

Replied: 23rd May 2020 at 14:02


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