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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 14th May, 2017)

Sir Francis Powell


Sir Francis Powell
Mesnes Park, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
Views: 2,482

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 14th May 2017 at 00:07

One of the best known scenes in Wigan. Well done Mick.

Comment by: Sue on 14th May 2017 at 05:42

Great shot,memories.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 14th May 2017 at 07:43

You are so right Alan. Brings back happy childhood memories for me seeing this.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th May 2017 at 08:34

He's still pondering after all these years and if that's the message you get then the sculptor did a brilliant job! No mistaking Wigan Park - its nice to be reminded now and again!

Comment by: kath on 14th May 2017 at 08:45

when I was in Wigan a couple of weeks ago I did notice that Powell's shoe wasn't as shiny as it used to be. Is the tradition dying out?

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th May 2017 at 10:22

I love to see little children rubbing the shoe as I did so long ago, and I hope all their wishes come true.

Comment by: Mick on 14th May 2017 at 11:36

Kath the statue as just bee refurbished because parts of it had holes in including the shiny bit of shoe.
You can see the holes on this video of it being gentle rub

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPCvPY4fDMo

Comment by: Veronica on 14th May 2017 at 14:55

I think I have said this before - but my mam always called him 'that man in't park wit stone belly'! What a description!!

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th May 2017 at 09:43

Veronica, I've said this before too.....when it was really cold my Dad always said, "Owd Mon! Ah'm cowder than 'im in t'park"!

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2017 at 14:57

I miss all those funny expressions Irene - as soon as I saw the photo I thought of my mam...,!

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