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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 16th September, 2009)

Make a wish

Make a wish
Monument to Sir Francis Sharp Powell. It is said that if you rub his shoe it will bring you good fortune.

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: Vic on 16th September 2009 at 00:25

I remember rubbing his shoe back in the 1970's my mum used to have to lift me up though.

Comment by: Ellen on 16th September 2009 at 03:07

Do I have a faulty memory,or is this statue in the park? (It is, after all, about 45 years at least,since I was there.)

Comment by: Rhonda Baldwin on 16th September 2009 at 07:13

I can remember going to the park with my Dad, who was visiting from Australia. Julie & Peter, my children rubbed the shoe for luck.
The pic bought back warm memories. :) Alan is my husband who is from Shared St Wigan.

Comment by: dave marsh on 16th September 2009 at 09:39

It's one of those images of Wigan etched into the mind.More than 50 years ago I can remember that shiny shoe.

Comment by: maggie on 16th September 2009 at 10:26

it was not allowed when I was a child. On this site, in my pix there is one of my brother & his fellow students sitting, leaning on him. Now, that is an old one.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 16th September 2009 at 12:45

Nice photo-sunshine and all. When I went to Grammar School, nearby, in the fifties no one was allowed to even walk on the grass back then. How times have changed....for the better.!!

Comment by: Bean Boy on 17th September 2009 at 20:39

Fantastic to see true icons of the Town, who did things that matter and for the good of the Town.
Todays box ticking, book balancing brigade aren't fit to rub that shoe!

Comment by: A Parr .Aussie . on 21st September 2009 at 07:29

The last time i rubbed his shoe,it had a hole in it. Has it been patched up yet.?

Comment by: Jean on 8th November 2009 at 16:39

What a lovely photograph. It is 60 years (and a bit!!)since i perhaps "polished" the famous shoe I returned about 7 years ago and just had to do the same .... Its just a custom isnt it !??nothing changes !\wish they would clean the old chap up a bit though.

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