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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 21st May, 2015)

Monkey Walk


Monkey Walk
Or Wigan lane in the 1950's. When the cinemas opened on Sundays it ceased to exist.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Fuji FinePix E900)
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Comment by: Mick on 21st May 2015 at 07:55

Quiet on the roads, but isnt this bottom end of Standishgate and not Wigan lane

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st May 2015 at 09:15

I have heard of it. Girls walking up one side of Wigan Lane, lads on the other, catching each others' eyes and hoping to "click".

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st May 2015 at 11:53

Yes, you're right, Mick. It is Standishgate and it joins with Wigan Lane further up. The "Monkey Run" was always described as being in Wigan Lane, but I imagine the lads and girls from various parts of Wigan made their way up there via Standishgate.

Comment by: Ron D. on 21st May 2015 at 12:02

Irene we all walked on the same side ,O if I had a camera then, what pictures ?.Or perhaps not.

Comment by: Ron D. on 21st May 2015 at 12:13

By the way. When the cinemas first opened on Sunday's a picture had to be 10 years old before it was aloud to be screened. I know not why .

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st May 2015 at 12:33

I wish you HAD got some pictures, Ron!

Comment by: David on 21st May 2015 at 12:33

Is the white building the old Whitesmiths pub?

Comment by: Alan H on 21st May 2015 at 14:48

It is The Whitesmiths Arms and in the 50's it was down Library Street and up King Street after the Sunday cinemas. Last bus was10 30 so you had to be quick!

Comment by: MarieM on 21st May 2015 at 18:38

When the Cinemas opened on a Sunday, we used to walk down Library St and up King St on Sunday night before catching the last bus home.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 21st May 2015 at 19:38

Standishgate runs up to where the old girls high school was on the right and it is at this point that the road becomes Wigan Lane. Jimmy Collins antique shop was at the top of Standishagte

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