Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 3rd April, 2012)
There are 3 old photo`s of this Sir Francis Sharp Powell statue in wiganworld Album to compare with mine. One of them is it`s unveiling in 1910. The chains are long gone !!
Nice to see the shrubs and trees starting to burst out with leafs.Is that a pigeon sunbathing or waiting for a free lunch?
This brings back lots of happy memories. Love the way the blue of the sky merges into the trees. Nice one Ernest.
Look like Sir Francis is not too keen on the smell of the food the students are eating lol.
I like the photo very much.
Sorry to disappoint you, peterp and `wildlife`lover`s`, but it`s the young lady`s handbag !!
Lovely photo Ernest. Are these people from Wigan then? Keep 'em coming.
Ernest your right should have cleaned my specs this morning hehe
"well what a surprise" no body having ago at the people sat down? saying they should not be sat there get a grip the lot of you .
Sign of the times dirty harry. Remember the `Please keep off the grass` signs and the `prison warder` type park keepers? I reckon they were too strict in the old days. We didn`t have graffitti & vandalism though.
Ernest, I thought you said that you were no good with a camera! Lovely photo,......you're a legend!
The times I have given the toe of his show a polish.
Park keepers "too strict" in the old days? I think not. Have you seen the shocking state of the lawns and flowerbeds in Mesnes Park as a result of people wandering about at will?
it is years since i was last in mesnes park never forgot to rub the foot
My Dad lifted me up to rub that shoe and make a wish; I lifted my son and daughter; my son now lifts my Grandchildren. May all their wishes come true.
I wished for my six numbers to come up on the Lottery, that was in the 90s and I'm still waiting.
Love this photo,It brings back so many good memories.Have they finished "sprucing" up the old cafe yet? would like to see a photo.Remember the "prison warder" park keeper,he used to chase us off the bandstand when we were roller skating ! Never caught us though !!
Thank you all for your comments.
Michael, it`s the neglect over many years that`s responsible for it`s ..
Yes `j`, the Pavilion, with it`s cafe, has been fully restored.
Thankyou Ernest,I would love to see a picture of the "new"pavilion if anyone has one ! Going back to the statue,I too, noticed how the steps and beds looked neglected.This used to be a lovely park.What has happened?When we were kids,if it said "keep off the grass" you did(or else)Dont ever remember people sitting on the steps by the statue.Afraid nothing surprises me anymore.
I was visiting Wigan recently after living in Australia for 26 years. I walked through the park everyday to visit my mum in hospital and couldn't resist rubbing his shoe for old times sake.