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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 6th October, 2013)

Market Place


Market Place
Wigan

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon PowerShot G9)
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Comment by: Ken R on 6th October 2013 at 00:17

Lovely photo Ron. What age are these buildings, they must be expensive to maintain.

Comment by: kath on 6th October 2013 at 07:03

great shot, I loved seeing all the buntings and flags

Comment by: Lizzie Down under on 6th October 2013 at 08:05

Nice one Ron....it has all changed since I was there....Thomas Cook has a big shop front...lots of people travelling.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Garry on 6th October 2013 at 09:39

Ken R, they are the old Wigan Corporation Transport offices.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th October 2013 at 10:38

Ken R, Liz; Look in Album, Places, Market Place and there are 110 photo`s.
#1351 on page 1, 1st left on bottom row is a 1908 postcard of these buildings.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 6th October 2013 at 12:07

Thanks for that Ernest ...very interesting....the buildings seem to have changed somewhat but yet are the same....cheers!!!

Comment by: Barry Cusick on 6th October 2013 at 12:49

I remember buying my 1st Suit from what was Jackson the Tayl;ors on that corner.

Comment by: Janet ( FL) on 6th October 2013 at 14:56

What happened to the rest of Market St, used to be shops all the way down... I went on Google earth, but as there is no road there I couldn't go down to look... Wigan has lost the plot, very sad..

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 6th October 2013 at 14:59

Lovely picture Ron, really did bring memories back from the 50`s! Pedestrian facilities much improved.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th October 2013 at 18:46

Janet (FL); The chap on the left is looking towards Market St. Look in Wigan Streets, Market Street and in Album, Places, Market Street for photo`s.

Comment by: Harry Turner on 7th October 2013 at 12:25

I totally disagree with you, Janet (FL) Wigan has never looked or been better.
I'm an 87 year old ex-miner and I thank God the Wigan of the past has gone.Wigan is now a vibrant, modern town.

Comment by: Janet ( FL ) on 7th October 2013 at 14:20

Thanks Ernest... Each to his own Harry, we are all entitled to our opinions... For me, Wigan may be prettier and cleaner now, but it is pretty much the same as any other small town in the UK, same shops, same fast food take aways, that's it really, shops, takeaways and pubs, no individuality...The Wigan of the past, had Dance halls, Theatres, Cinemas and locally owned shops, where you could buy anything and everything you wanted. Now people got to the Trafford Center, Southport, etc, to get anything special or different, as it can't be found in Wigan..If you like Wigan as it is Harry, I'm happy for you love.. You are a good age, I know you have to have worked hard in your lifetime, you enjoy the Wigan you love and I hope you have many more years to enjoy it...

Comment by: Chuck Turner on 7th October 2013 at 19:54

Hello Harry, my grand-dad and many of his family were miners. Mostly from the Aspull area and New Springs. Any relation ?-- chktnr@verizon.net. They left Wigan a couple of years before you were born for the USA.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 8th October 2013 at 10:25

Janet (FL); Read the comments on 31st August 2012 P-a-D.
Billy Boy Kingdom Brunel and Harry Turner are kindred spirits!

Comment by: Janet ( FL) on 8th October 2013 at 13:25

I see what you mean Ernest...... I still say Harry has a right to his opinion and hope he gets to enjoy his Wigan for a long time to come... However, I still think Wigan council have lost the plot and ruined what was a town that had everything to a town with nothing.. Pretty paving to walk on, pretty hanging flower baskets, benches to sit on, but no proper shopping, people go elsewhere to shop..

Comment by: Harry Turner on 8th October 2013 at 14:22

I stand by what I said earlier. Modern Wigan is the tops!...and its getting better despite all the cuts made by the present disaster of a government.Also its a darn sight nicer place than most other Lancashire towns. Just take a look at Bolton as for-instance...

Comment by: Harry Turner on 8th October 2013 at 14:28

Hi Chuck.
I did have relations who worked in the pits. It was the thing to do in those days. At least one of my kin did emigrate to north America. The family didn't talk much about such things when I was a nipper. Old-fashioned attitudes abounded in those days and I've had no luck with the family tree. I live in the Aspull area.
So I suppose there's a good chance we are related in some way.

Comment by: Lynne Brown on 8th October 2013 at 14:33

Trafford 'Centre' Janet(FL) not Center. Also, most of us now buy on the internet if we want anything special. Nothing special in most high street or out of town stores these days.
The internet is the place to shop. Sad, but true. Times change and like it or not, we have to go along with the changes..

Comment by: Janet( FL) on 8th October 2013 at 15:15

My mistake Lynne, I've lived in Fl 38 years, 7 years longer than I lived in Wigan... Normally I do spell the English way, but I guess I slipped up yesterday and did the US way.. :-) easy to do after living so many years in another country....

As I said in my post yesterday Harry, you are most certainly entitled to your point of view, you have yours, I have mine.. we are all entitled to our own opinions... Enjoy your days in Wigan Harry before the winter sets in and keeps you house bound....

Comment by: Chuck Turner on 9th October 2013 at 03:14

Just a short note to thank ALL the photographers for their due-dilligence----AND---to cousin Harry for the responce---:-)

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 9th October 2013 at 21:38

I think that,wherever you live and especially in a small town ,people will go elsewhere to shop and don`t always support their local suppliers. Shame ,but afraid thats how it is....The bigger the town the more choice.

Comment by: C Rad on 17th October 2013 at 01:08

I left Wigan for London in my 20s (to find work). Wigan looks like Harry says a very modern and vibrant town, but it was when I lived there. Looking at all the many pictures posted I tend to agree with Janet. But we all have our own opinions.

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