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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 1st July, 2015)

Amy Holts grave

Amy Holts grave
Wigan ex WPC No 1 Amy Holts grave in Parbold.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony DSC-T700)
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Comment by: Ken R on 1st July 2015 at 05:19

Lovely photo Mick. I guessed that you would do something like this.

Comment by: Aubrey on 1st July 2015 at 08:38

I also half expected this photo. Nice one Mick, I was one of her pall bearers.

Comment by: Jonno on 1st July 2015 at 08:55

Hector, died whilst fighting, during / after NYEve celebrations 1967 at Appley Bridge Legion.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st July 2015 at 09:19

Wonderful lady. It's amazing how one person can become so well known and well liked in a town like Wigan.

RIP Amy.

Comment by: A.W. on 1st July 2015 at 10:22

Amy is remembered with great respect by many in Wigan

Comment by: britboy on 1st July 2015 at 19:36

As a little boy, I remember Amy and thinking I definitely don't need to be getting on the wrong side of her! She looked like a giant to me, did she ever do traffic duty at the top of Wigan?

Comment by: Maureen on 1st July 2015 at 19:39

She was a grand lady..not many come along like Amy.

Comment by: DuckyWiggins on 2nd July 2015 at 21:37

Amy was a big girl. She got me in an head lock many atime.
It would have taken ten mon to carry coffin

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 4th July 2015 at 11:49

It was a great pleasure to have known and worked alongside Amy. I thought that her grave was in Christ Church churchyard Parbold. Both my mum and her mum are buried not very far from where they rest. Another ex Officer Bill Elliot is also buried there. Bill transferred into Lancashire Constabulary and was stationed at Wigan originally and then transferred to Leyland prior to reorganisation and stayed in Lancashire. He departed this life at a very early age.

Comment by: Jonno on 6th July 2015 at 09:21

Pete, what makes you think this isn't Christ Church, Parbold churchyard ? Mick's caption on the photo clearly states that the grave is in Parbold.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 6th July 2015 at 19:53

Jonno On reading my post it would appear that I worded it incorrectly. Yes the grave is in the churchyard of Christ Church Parbold. Also just to correct my mum and her mum are also buried in the churchyard and their grave is not very far away from that of Amy's. I was there a few weeks ago but due to where I now live it is not very often I get to visit the grave.

Comment by: Jonno on 7th July 2015 at 00:07

No problem Pete, i go there regularly to 'see' a good mate of mine, again, not far from Amy.

Comment by: Franky on 12th July 2015 at 14:06

Hey Jonno, do you know anything more about that story at the Legion ?

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 13th July 2015 at 15:22

Franky from what I can remember Hector lived in Shevington with his wife and he and his best friend and his wife were our celebrating New Years Eve in Appley Bridge British Legion when shortly after midnight a fight broke out between Hector and his best friend as a result of which Hector received fatal injuries. I was living in Shevington at the time and I have a vague recollection of the incident.

Comment by: Franky on 14th July 2015 at 07:57

Hi Pete, yes I remember a little about it. I was 7 at the time. Hector was a friend of my dads, but he never said much about it. I know he was a big bloke because he used to borrow my dad's car and then when my dad got back in the drivers seat he couldn't reach the pedals because the seat was so far back.

Comment by: Jonno on 14th July 2015 at 10:01

I was 27 at the time and lived in Shevington and can't tell you much more than Pete has already said,apart from, that he was fighting outside the club and the damage to him was done hitting his head on the ground. He was 6ft plus and a bit of a bully as i remember.

Comment by: Frankly on 14th July 2015 at 12:50

Thanks Jonno that's interesting. Your last sentence, I have heard before.
Thanks to Pete and yourself for the info

Comment by: don baker on 25th July 2015 at 17:11

i remember hector ithink he worked at thomss witters as a joiner my brother howard or bob as was known would know him much better than me my parents had the ALISON ARMS at the time

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