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Photo-a-Day Archive
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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 20th September, 2015)

Diggers Day (2 of 2)


Diggers Day (2 of 2)
Taken last weekend, top of town.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Aubrey on 20th September 2015 at 08:22

Tom, The photos o.k. but the procession of Communists is not for me. Our local Church 'walking days' are very much restricted, yet here we see the Communist Party of Great Britain parading our town centre. Tut tut.

Comment by: A.W. on 20th September 2015 at 10:18

It is interesting to see how the political left seems to be having a renaissance. I am surprised at the number of people who seem genuinely pleased with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party. I have even spoke to a few people who never had any interest in politics until recently.

Comment by: Ron D on 20th September 2015 at 10:24

Give them land picks and shovels .They will be at the free food banks with in a short time .but on the other hand ,any excuse for a knees up.

Comment by: Carolaen on 20th September 2015 at 11:10

I am not a Communist either, far from it. But the fact is that the Diggers led by Winstanley believed in the common man (and woman) taking over private property to be used productvely. As such they are seen by many on the left as promoting concepts taken up by Marx etc, and are highly regarded by them. Given that Gerard Winstanley was a Wigan man, its not surprsing that a march to commemorate him and his movement is supported by Marxists.

Not having lived in Wigan for 45 yearsI was unaware that Walking Day parades were restricted. I had thought however that they had died out like many other traditions. I walked for many years with St Catherines from the platt lane mission hall. Happy Days.

Comment by: Syd on 20th September 2015 at 13:09

Communism is like multiculturalism. a fabulous idea, but it just doesn't work!

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 20th September 2015 at 13:57

Aubery, I couldn't agree with you more regarding the restrictions on Church Waking Days. I'am involved with The Catholic Mens Society , every October for 141 Years there has been a procession for Rosary Sunday , over the last few years the the conditions and cost for police cover have made it impossible to continue with the procession: the service still goes ahead but we assemble outside the church. It would be interesting to know if the organizers of this event had the same hoops to jump through ,and whether there was a cost implication for police cover etc.

Comment by: A.W. on 20th September 2015 at 14:17

Aubrey, I am not sure what you mean by walking days being "restricted"; do you mean the routes they are allowed to take or they are suppressed in some way?

Comment by: EDL on 20th September 2015 at 14:33

Bet you dont put pictures of yesterdays march on here

Comment by: Bill G on 20th September 2015 at 14:44

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we have the Diggers Festival once a year. Well doone to the Diggers Committee volunteers for a great family day out.

Comment by: Aubrey on 20th September 2015 at 16:05

A.W. The routes for some are restricted and some other churches are refused permission to walk, because policing is unavailable.

Comment by: A.W. on 20th September 2015 at 18:30

Aubrey, annual walking days at the church where I used to go were discontinued many years ago because the procession caused traffic problems. The procession on the photo is taking place in Wigan Town Centre which is mainly pedestrianised. It is unlikely it would be allowed anywhere else.

Comment by: Prue on 20th September 2015 at 19:33

EDL you cannot call that a march yesterday, more like a drunken brawl. Stay home next time we don't want you here.

Comment by: Garry on 21st September 2015 at 08:09

Absolute waste of time, we see too much of this going on today. I've already said, boring, pity they've nothing better to do with their time.

Comment by: Richard on 22nd September 2015 at 13:26

I want the EDL - and anyone else! This is a democracy and anyone is (should be) entitled to march and express their views. Freedom of speech is more important than "feelings" We seem to be forgetting what our ancestors fought for in Two World Wars.
Political correctness is the real evil. It's just used as a tool to control the populace.

Comment by: Richard on 22nd September 2015 at 13:49

A waste of time to YOU , Garry. Obviously, not to THEM.
Each to their own.

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