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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 29th July, 2013)

Walking Day

Walking Day
Once a familiar scene in the town of course but now a bit of a rarity. (Taken 7th July)

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
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Comment by: Ken R on 29th July 2013 at 00:03

Nice to see a Walking Day, this reminds me of being in these parades with the Wigan Sea Cadets with Bill Chadwick as Macebearer.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 29th July 2013 at 00:43

Reminds me of the Whit Monday walking days when I was at St. Johns. Didn't realise then why the guys carrying the banners through scholes used to go missing. It was only later when I realised how many pups there were in that area.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 29th July 2013 at 02:35

Nice one Andrew.....very colourful.....very warm weather although a mixture of clothes people are wearing.....cheers!!

Comment by: Mags on 29th July 2013 at 08:53

Reminds me of Walking Days in Beech Hill in the late 40's. The big banners and the small handmade banners. I know there is a pic in the WW photo albums of St Anne's Church banner .. the front row ribbon on the right , believe that was me! Used to go to the local allotments for our flowers.

Comment by: Anne on 29th July 2013 at 08:54

Lizzie, note the people with heavier clothing have realised their mistake. Trying to sit in the shade.

Comment by: k on 29th July 2013 at 08:57

it's nice to see the tradition is still going and that people are proud of their faith.watching the walks on Whit Monday used to be a day out.

Comment by: aitch on 29th July 2013 at 09:56

anyone still remember the double deckers with the long bench type seats upstairs, the gangway was on the right hand side and I have seen them standing in it 2 and 3 deep on a weekend, I used to feel sorry for the conductor having to give tickets out to the crowds on the bus

Comment by: A.W. on 29th July 2013 at 11:00

Very nice, though it does seem strange to me seeing people casually dressed for the walking day. At one time everybody dressed up to the nines if they were walking.

Comment by: aitch on 29th July 2013 at 14:34

sorry people I seem to have put my remarks about buses on the wrong thread, purit down to mi age

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th July 2013 at 15:17

Yes A.W. I agree. Walking days were invariably hot and the tar on the road melted!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 29th July 2013 at 20:18

Lovely bright picture Andrew.used to love walking day.
It was our carnival day on saturday.....not half as eventful as past years not as many lorry floats or walkers...all down to health and safety people were saying.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 29th July 2013 at 23:51

Now I see it Anne....sometimes I can't see the wood for the trees......thank you for pointing it out.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Alan (Vancouver Island) on 30th July 2013 at 02:47

Ken R I am interested in your comment about being in the Wigan Sea Cadets. When was that ? I was Commanding Officer from about 1962 to 1968. Do you remember me ?

Alan Porter

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 30th July 2013 at 17:22

Dear Aitch. Yes I am afraid I am well old enough to remember those buses with long seats. Tried not to sit near window as it could be hard work striding over folk to get off. My sister Doreen and I walked with St. John's Pemberton on numerous occasions. I remember people throwing money to (not at) us. Sometimes we made enough for a trip to the Queens and an ice cream. Oh what happy days they were. Please take me back for a while

Comment by: Ian Almond on 31st July 2013 at 20:14

Alan (Vancouver Island) - I am currently an Adult Instructor at Wigan Sea Cadets. My family have been members of the Unit since the early 90's and my sister is now the Commanding Officer. Would be great to hear your memories. drop me an email -

Comment by: Art on 7th August 2013 at 01:21

TS Lady Crawford SCC (Wigan Sea Cadets)
I was a member from 1949 to 1953. The skipper then was L/C Walter Somers, one of Oliver Somers sons, the sports outfitter.
John Dowding (now deceased)was a Leading Hand, Harry Melling was a CPO. Another ex rating who sometimes comes on these boards from Australia, under the name of G Rouse was there at the same time as me & my mates.
We were originally based in Bretherton Row off Wallgate (the building is still there). Moved temporarily to the BLESMA Club, on Bull Hey, then ended up in Stairgate in the Christchurch

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