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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 5th March, 2016)

Council Chamber, Wigan Town Hall

Council Chamber, Wigan Town Hall
The newly restored council chamber.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Sam,h on 5th March 2016 at 00:37

Has this refurb been done recently,if so what has happened to the new cuts in council spending,looks wigan council has already started to spend some of the new council tax rises, looks a nice job,not that we the public will see much of it as usual.

Comment by: Garry on 5th March 2016 at 05:30

Total waste of my money.

Comment by: A council tax payer on 5th March 2016 at 07:32

It is such a relief to me and all other council tax payers to know that our council has money for spending on "essentials". I wonder how the rest of the borough has suffered to pay for this.

Comment by: Gary 2r's on 5th March 2016 at 09:29

So this is where they destroy Wigan from ?

Comment by: Roy on 5th March 2016 at 10:38

Very smart, and what looks like an expensive restoration, thank you for that Thomas, a place where i, like the majority of Wiganers have never been and are never likely to go. With all due respect there will have been a lot of claptrap spoken in there and some bad decisions made, and, no doubt a few good ones.

Comment by: Garry on 5th March 2016 at 11:06

The money needs to be spent on our roads..they are in an awful state.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2016 at 11:21

This was Room B 20 in the Wigan and District Mining and Technical College. See Album, Places, Wigan Mining & Technical College, photo #4134, last on 3rd row 0n page 1.
Sat all my exams in the Assembly Hall B 20 when an external student of London University.
Wonder when all the external scaffolding etc. for this £6 million refurbishment will be removed.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh on 5th March 2016 at 11:37

It is an impressive restoration. The Town Hall is the face of a town or city, and I think that our town is deserving of an impressive building just as much as any other town. When visitors come to Wigan be it a delegation considering investment in our town or overseas callers, we want to show our best side.The building was falling apart and in places unfit for purpose, so if refurbishment was necessary it is to the credit of all concerned that such an outstanding result as been achieved .

Comment by: Vb on 5th March 2016 at 11:41

At least the stained glass is original (I hope )and they are really beautiful. Perhaps the work needed to be done -it's very tasteful. It's a good photograph Tom!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2016 at 13:26

Should be Schools and not Places at the end of the first line of my 11.21 comment.

Comment by: B. on 5th March 2016 at 13:45

If the council had kept it in good order when it was the college building. They may have avoided paying out all that money, for the upkeep of it now!

Comment by: Sam h on 5th March 2016 at 14:59

Vb, never mind perhaps the work was needed,perhaps it should have been spent on social aspects such as, the ( closed) library's and OAP services,and schools ,where it is needed

Comment by: Den s on 5th March 2016 at 15:00

They would have done better to spend the money on something to commemorate the thousands of men and women who worked, suffered and died in Wigan Pits and Mills over the years.

Comment by: DeekB on 5th March 2016 at 15:22

If the powers that be were totally intent on spending vast amounts on Town Hall premises, it would have been better (and possibly cheaper) to take a wrecking ball to that hideous existing building and start over with something new and more suited to purpose.

Comment by: Alex on 5th March 2016 at 18:32

They'd have been better spending the money on defence, as we are now seeing TRAVELLERS at Pennington Flash in Leigh. How much money will it cost to clean up after them since Friday.What gets me, if the so called Travellers went to Buckingham Palace or Downing St, they'd had been kicked out straight away. The law is all wrong.

Comment by: Alan H on 5th March 2016 at 18:36

DeekB,do you mean something like the new Life Centre that they have built at the top of The Weind? Totally spoilt a unique area of Wigan. Not to mention that hideous Face.

Comment by: octogen on 5th March 2016 at 19:22


Comment by: Michael Gormally on 5th March 2016 at 21:38

Gary 2r has it right. Corbynism at its best. The whole country would have been wrecked like Wigan if everybody had voted Labour over the years like the poor benighted Wiganers.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 5th March 2016 at 22:12

Michael Gormmally , just imagine if people had never Labour !

Comment by: Corbynista on 5th March 2016 at 23:27

Michael Gormally we keep voting Labour because, God help us, we've seen the alternative. Lord save us from the likes of Boris "The Buffoon" Johnson.

Comment by: maggie on 6th March 2016 at 08:58

Ernest, when did you take your exams? My brother, Dick Morris, took his in 1941, passed - Bsc. & went into the R.A.F. It would be so much easier now if this system had continued.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th March 2016 at 11:25

maggie, My University of London certificate (10" x 14") states:-
Ernest Pyke having passed the prescribed Examinations has this day been admitted by the Senate to the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Engineering) as an External Student. 21 August 1952.
It`s signed by the External Registrar, whose signature is unreadable.
It took me several years to get my Degree, as I went part-time to W & D M & T C whilst working at Walker Bros.(Wigan) Limited.

Comment by: maggie. on 7th March 2016 at 10:26

Congratulations Ernest. My brother had a good life, family, wonderful jobs. he passed away in 2008. I miss him so much.

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