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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 5th March, 2015)

Mesnes park

Mesnes park
You can now get married in here!

Photo: The Bandstand  (Fuji X-T1)
Views: 4,544

Comment by: Mick on 5th March 2015 at 00:57

Is this photo what you would call a selfie Mr Bandstand.

Comment by: Ken R on 5th March 2015 at 01:04

Nice photo, good memories, thank you. Some of the supports seem to be off the vertical but I think it would be designed and built that way for maximum stability.

Comment by: peterp on 5th March 2015 at 06:26

Ok on a nice warm summers day. Don't fancy a winter wedding would be a little on the cold side. Also ideal for the wedding photos with the full use of the park has your back drop

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2015 at 07:04

Whose taken this excellent photo?

Comment by: Jo Anne on 5th March 2015 at 07:33

Well captured, thanks :o)


'Mesnes Park, Wigan has now been licensed to hold civil ceremonies. The two venues within the park are the Lodge and the Bandstand (only available May - Sept weather permitting). The lodge can hold a maximum of 50 guests.'

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 5th March 2015 at 08:25

Ooops - my secret Identity is revealed at last. I am indeed - a bandstand!

Comment by: Mick on 5th March 2015 at 09:06

It wouldnt be nice to turn up for a wedding and to find the bandstand had been covered in Graffiti like whats been captured on this video.


Comment by: irene roberts on 5th March 2015 at 09:40

It's lovely. I'm so glad Wigan has kept something of its heritage. The park café and bandstand have such character.

Comment by: Giovanni on 5th March 2015 at 09:47

Nice pic whoever took it!
I can remember local beat groups playing on it on summer Saturday evenings in the 60's. Can anyone else recall?

Comment by: A.W. on 5th March 2015 at 10:10

I seem to recall the band stand once had a sort of moveable curved screen to keep off the wind, am I right?

Comment by: Peter on 5th March 2015 at 10:26

This looks like one of mr. Oys fotos
Lovely shot

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2015 at 10:53

I thought it would be you Dave (Oy)!
For other P-a-D`s to compare:- 23rd April 2010, 13th April 2012 and 18th April 2012.
Bandstand built in 1890 - not sure who by - either George Smith & Co., Glasgow or Walter Macfarlane & Co,. Glasgow.

Comment by: Maureen on 5th March 2015 at 11:46

Thank you Oy..lovely memories of my youth come flooding back with this photo.

Comment by: MarieM on 5th March 2015 at 13:10

Lovely photo. As Maureen said what memories. When we were young and single everyone used to walk round the Park on a Sunday afternoon.

Comment by: Brendell on 5th March 2015 at 15:13

Oh I do remember groups playing in the bandstand during the 60's. However, if my memory serves me right it was on Sunday evenings.

Comment by: Mick on 5th March 2015 at 18:38

Just sat next to Ernest Pyke in the doctors and he reminded me that William Higham left £2m to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust in a his will on condition that it brought military brass band back to Mesnes Park.


Comment by: RON HUNT on 5th March 2015 at 18:49

Mick the last thing I heard was that his family were contesting the will, that was a couple of years ago, so I don't know what the outcome was????

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th March 2015 at 07:51

RON HUNT; See :-

Comment by: Giovanni on 6th March 2015 at 10:10

You could be right Brendell. Anyway it was the week-end, care free days!!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) Nee Smith on 6th March 2015 at 16:06

Could do with a "wash and brush up"I don`t remember the steps though.Used to love roller skating on there and the park keeper chasing us off ....never caught us though.As maureen and marie M said ...sunday was the day to be in the park Lovely memories for the 1950`s

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) Nee Smith on 6th March 2015 at 16:09

Forgot to say........beautiful clouds ....gorgeous.thankyou Dave.

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