Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 11th September, 2013)
Digger's Day (1 of 3)
Photo: Thomas Walsh (Canon PowerShot A1200)
a nice colourful event in the town centre but what is digger's day?
I thought it was something to do with archeology.....but I read that 'The Diggers' were the first
Looking again I see the Hammer & Sickle flag on the right....how could I have thought it was archeology !!
Celebrates the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley & the 17th Century Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement
The final details of the programme of the 3rd Wigan Diggers’ Festival have been unveiled today. They outline a jammed packed day of live entertainment over two stages featuring 20 separate acts, a film showing, two audio visual presentations, a symbolic, part theatrical ‘digging re-enactment’ and tree planting ceremony, with a professional actor playing the part of Wigan born pioneer Socialist Gerrard Winstanley who along with the 17th Century Diggers’ movement he was the principal spokesperson of, is the main focus of the entire day’s festivies.
In addition to that, there will also be over 30 food, community, political and other stalls not least of which an ‘OccuPie Wigan’ beer tent offering two locally brewed special commemorative ales to Festival goers, namely Prospect’s Diggers 1649 Ale and Allgates’ Gerrard Winstanley Ale.
There will also be a town centre Diggers’ Parade, and a mass singing during the digging re-enactment, led by the Liverpool Socialist Singers, of the some say, Gerrard Winstanley penned “Diggers’ Song” and Leon Rosselson’s “A World Turned Upside Down”, made famous by Billy Bragg in the 1980s, all of which will take place in The Wiend area, in Wigan town centre between 11.30am and noon.. Helen this explains what the event was all about.
Digger's Day (1 of 3) Thomas.
Dont tell me there two more to look at.
Nice colourful picture .very threatening sky.......hope the rain kept off.