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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 23rd October, 2017)

Billy Boston statue


Billy Boston statue
Believe Square, Wigan.

Photo: Jane  (iPhone 6s)
Views: 2,345

Comment by: Derek Platt on 23rd October 2017 at 01:13

I still say the statue looks more like Harry Bellafonte. so where is believe square. Could it be on Millgate.

Comment by: owd bob on 23rd October 2017 at 08:25

Great player but poor statue, hardly recognisable of Billy B .

Comment by: Gary Leece on 23rd October 2017 at 08:54

Good photo recalling good times.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd October 2017 at 08:54

King Bill, King Bill, King Bill, King Bill, BOSTON

Comment by: kath on 23rd October 2017 at 08:56

love this and I love the Believe Square

Comment by: Sonia on 23rd October 2017 at 09:21

I like the statue, and Mrs Joan Boston has said that it looks like Billy when she first met him.Not keen on the building in the background at all.

Comment by: Maurice on 23rd October 2017 at 10:30

An excellent photo,if Billy's Missus is pleased with it that's good enough.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 23rd October 2017 at 11:57

Now, THAT'S a statue..!!

Another good one, Jane.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd October 2017 at 12:59

Great photo Jane.

I agree with you Sonia, a lot of historical Wigan was just bulldozed away to make way for that concrete monstrosity, not only quaint buildings, but most possibly considering the close proximity to the find at the Grand Arcade, quite a lot of Roman history.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd October 2017 at 13:11

http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=4&id=12728&gallery=Millgate&offset=0

Copy and paste the link into your browser bar, interesting to see the vast amount of buildings that was once along Millgate.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd October 2017 at 13:33

Its a marvellous sculpture of a young Billy -I think there is a passing likeness to the young Harry Belafonte as well! That building behind is awfull -wish they would condemn it!

Comment by: david on 23rd October 2017 at 16:07

Good photograph.

Comment by: cherry and blue on 23rd October 2017 at 16:19

At least the statue of Dave Whelan is true to life and an incredible likeness , sorry Billy but not a true reflection of you in your glory years .

Comment by: Paul C on 23rd October 2017 at 16:54

The Civic Centre is even worse inside....you're seeing the best bit!

Comment by: Sonia on 23rd October 2017 at 19:08

Thanks Cyril, also Veronica.I agree there was loads of character in that area alone. I remember going to look when part of Millgate was being excavated,there was an 'open day' for people to view, before the Grand Arcade was built. You could see the Roman details and see steps leading down to the baths.There seems to be only a small amount of the remains that are outside the entrance to the Grand Arcade from Millgate end. I saw Roman remains in Malaga Spain, which had been unearthed during some renovation and they had kept it enclosed fully behind a glass partition so that it could be seen easily.

Comment by: Maureen on 24th October 2017 at 09:03

We were there at the unveiling..and like a few people have said,it isn't a good likeness of him,but if his wife likes it ..so be it,but if the truths known she is being polite!!!
As for the building behind..you could grow enough bananas and tomatoes in there to keep Wiganers fed for a long time..it would make a smashing greenhouse.

Comment by: Maureen on 24th October 2017 at 10:29

We were there at the unveiling..and like a few people have said,it isn't a good likeness of him,but if his wife likes it ..so be it,but if the truths known she is being polite!!!
As for the building behind..you could grow enough bananas and tomatoes in there to keep Wiganers fed for a long time..it would make a smashing greenhouse.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 25th October 2017 at 16:51

I went to the unveiling too, it was pouring with rain that morning. I know what you mean,Maureen about the statue. I think it does have a look of Harry Belafonte.

Comment by: Maureen on 25th October 2017 at 21:25

What a pity I didn't see you Elizabeth.

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