How many Wigan people have been knighted

Started by: blackrodweaver (627) 

Reading a novel today and every person in it seemed to be Sir something or another based down south.
which led me to ask
How many Wigan people have been knighted

Started: 25th Oct 2013 at 19:50

Posted by: tonker (24049) 

Not as many as have been given an ASBO!

Replied: 25th Oct 2013 at 20:55

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

An ASBO! Not in Wigan!

Replied: 26th Oct 2013 at 09:10

Posted by: bodenl (38)

Sir les cannon was born in wigan,General President of the Electrical Trades Union from 1963 to 1970

Replied: 7th Nov 2013 at 20:25

Posted by: RobinG (451)

Hi BRW, what is your definition of 'down south'.

Replied: 18th Nov 2013 at 22:15

Posted by: PeterP (8820)

Bradley Wiggins
Ian McCartney
Ian McKellan (raised in Wigan)
Joe Gormley (Baron)

Replied: 19th Nov 2013 at 08:22

Posted by: tonker (24049) 

Bradley Wiggins - never lived in Wigan.
Ian McCartney - never lived in Wigan.
Ian McKellan - Born in Burnley, raised in Bolton.
Joe Gormley - Born in Ashton in Makerfield, never lived in Wigan.

Try again!

Replied: 19th Nov 2013 at 20:16
Last edited by tonker: 19th Nov 2013 at 20:17:22

Posted by: --oy-- (1004)

Bradley Wiggins' only connection to Wigan is his name rhymes with it

Replied: 19th Nov 2013 at 20:26

Posted by: tonker (24049) 

To be fair, Dave, I do think he's been a couple of times!

Replied: 19th Nov 2013 at 23:33

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Does he have trouble 'going' then?

Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 20:29

Posted by: blackrodweaver (627) 

Hi robinG booked based in London Bristol devon and cornwall In the series of novels called the Railway Detective

Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 20:43

Posted by: RobinG (451)

South of Watford then.

Replied: 21st Nov 2013 at 15:23

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Replied: 21st Nov 2013 at 18:55

Posted by: upthetims (6576)

Tonks,McKellan attended Wigan GS

Replied: 4th Dec 2013 at 12:37

Posted by: tonker (24049) 

I 'attended' Wigan college. I've owned several properties in Wigan. I spent years working in Wigan (still do, occasionally). I know many people in Wigan and I even married a girl from Wigan.

But I don't expect to be classed as a 'Wigan person' due to the fact that I wasn't born, or brought up, in Wigan and have never lived in Wigan.

And getting knighted wouldn't alter those facts!

Replied: 4th Dec 2013 at 15:05

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4618) 

Tonker are you expecting to be knighted you seem to be dropping hints you could be.?

Replied: 5th Dec 2013 at 17:42

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Don't know whether its true but I've been told that members of the public can recommend people for honours including knighthoods.
I've decided to test it out by putting my own name forward for recognition in the New Year honours.

Replied: 8th Dec 2013 at 17:21

Posted by: baker boy (15574)

sir I-spy,it as a certain ring to it

Replied: 10th Dec 2013 at 19:25

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

bb - I'll be needing a butler. Usual rates

Replied: 10th Dec 2013 at 20:35

Posted by: kenee (2103)

A man that does?

Replied: 11th Dec 2013 at 18:04

Posted by: tuddy (1161)

Apparently Sir Ian Mckellan lived in Park Road Wigan.

Replied: 13th Dec 2013 at 21:20

Posted by: copperhead (1415) 

I have a night hood but at my age I don't need it any-more

Replied: 30th Jan 2014 at 20:38

Posted by: antar (711)

what about him who was chairman of etu branch wigan lived in Edinburgh drive ken Jackson , a yes man for blair so progressed thru the etu and got on the Brussels gravy train. he never did owt for me when I had a grievance . I could never stomach the man think he used to be an electricians labourer at Heinz but could be wrong there .

Replied: 4th Apr 2014 at 10:06

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

"Joe Gormley - Born in Ashton in Makerfield, never lived in Wigan."

He spent the later years of his life & died in Shevington.
Which believe it or not, was "Wigan Rural" before the boundary change

Replied: 5th Apr 2014 at 00:31

Posted by: paul mcnamara (1111) 

antar - he lived a couple of doors down from me mum and dad on Edinburgh Drive. miserable bugger never spoke to anyone. yeah he did work at heinz at one point

Replied: 7th Apr 2014 at 03:35

Posted by: dennis dickinson (1131)

Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland

Is a British Labour politician who in 2009 became the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union.

When Catherine was born (1956) her postal address was UpHolland, Near Wigan.

Replied: 18th May 2014 at 08:36

Posted by: tonker (24049) 

With the emphasis on 'near' (ie: not 'in'). In any case, a baroness is hardly a knighthood!

Replied: 18th May 2014 at 10:09


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