Photo-a-Day (Monday, 5th June, 2017)
Photo: David Long (Sony SLT-A65V)
I think our house will be on this one.
Great photo born & bred in Blackrod but all my family are Wigan`ers don`nt live there now but visit every couple of years.
Eh Blackrod bypass, that's where we used to test our motorbikes in the sixties, a quick blast towards Adlington then cut the engine and do a 'plug chop' to make sure the mixture was right.
Apart from the motorway, little has changed in that view. I came from Aspull and from age 11 bussed and walked to Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School, lower down the slope.
On a clear day Southport and the Irish Sea was visible from the Pike.
When the service area pictured in the foreground first opened in the 70's, it was named Anderton services, after the name of the nearest village. Following a change of ownership, it was then renamed Rivington services. I believe it's currently called Bolton West services. Presumably, there's been another change of ownership. It would appear that the pattern of naming motorway service areas echoes the pattern of changing pub names. Here's an idea, why not call it Last Orders service area, or Sam's Bar service area and have done? I'm out of patience with keep changing names. I'm going for a pint.
I suspect you have to live with the times. I quite like the change.