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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 18th October, 2016)

Old Stone


Old Stone
Stonework removed from the old Drill Hall, Powell Street. Sited at the Army Reserves on Woodhouse Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Ken R on 18th October 2016 at 02:10

Nice photo Mick. Volunteer Drill Hall, I was in there a few times, .22 rifle training, also a few mean dances.
Thanks Ron for WigWorld I was getting sick of knitting.

Comment by: D. on 18th October 2016 at 08:44

I remember doing a few Antique Fairs in the old Drill Hall in the late 70's and early 80's.

Comment by: Vb on 18th October 2016 at 09:45

It used to be said "walls have ears" but if only the stonework could speak! Used to pass the Drill Hall many,many times and never bothered to find out its history for Wiganers.

Comment by: Thomas(To)Walsh. on 18th October 2016 at 10:06

Brian,THANK YOU for all your efforts in restoring Wigan World. We Wiganworlders owe you ,Ron and all the voulenters a great debt for all the work that you put into project .I'm sure I speak for all viewers and those who contribute to the site in saying how much we appreciate all your work.

Mick ,another interesting picture ,you keep finding little gems ! I remember in the 70s during The Fire Brigade strike The Drlll Hall was used to house The Green Goddess manned by the army.

Comment by: Vb on 18th October 2016 at 10:27

Agree to that Tom -you can only twiddle your thumbs so much! I also remember my dad telling me when he first joined up during the last war him and his mates were set to clear the deep snow around Wigan. They were glad to do it as they were very well fed!

Comment by: christine on 18th October 2016 at 11:34

remember being in girl guides and they used to have meetings there .one i recollect was when lady baden powell was there .i think lol memory aint what it used to be .

Comment by: Garry on 18th October 2016 at 15:58

Many thanks to Brian and Ron for getting WW up and running again.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 18th October 2016 at 17:00

I would like to echo the above comments. Thank you Ron and Brian.

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 18th October 2016 at 19:06

That takes me back. I was an officer in the Territorial Army stationed there in the early 1960's.

I am delighted that Wigan World is back, it is my only connection with Wigan now.

Comment by: Margaret Mckeivier on 19th October 2016 at 22:32

Missed you, good to see you back, have a hug from me...M USA

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 28th October 2016 at 12:25

I remember the old drill hall in Powell Street Wigan from the days when the Fire Service were on strike 1977/78 and 3 Green Goddesses were based there. I was one of the police traffic officers who escorted them tp wherever they were going.

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