Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 16th November, 2017)
Was this the Bird I,th Hand pub back in the day
I remember the old colliers arms well it was a good boozer when Les & margaret bannister run it good live singers and trips to wembeley really miss that era.
I think it was the Colliers.
Derek bird ith hand is on gidlow lane just a few mins walk from this pub, after colliers closed it became sams bar but it did not do as well as colliers and just lost all the old locals and sadly faded away.
You may be right Derek - ransacking my brains for the original name.
The old workhouse type hospital was on Frog Lane in past years. The number of times I heard the phrase "No mother uh mine is gooin i' Frog Loan" in the early sixties.
Many people seemed to think of it as a death sentence.
No, it was the Colliers Arms.
I think it was the Colliers arms
No Derek it was the Colliers Arms
Yes - Colliers Arms. I used to walk that route to Gidlow Lane in 1968/69 and pass the Bird 'ith Hand further on. Used to work Saturdays at Hughes Bros. Cheese Factors on Gidlow Lane.
This was the Colliers Arms Pub, lost count of the number of times we had to get my Dad back in time for the "Fishing Club" meetings!! The Bird ith'Hand, or known to locals as "Then ole" was further up Gidlow Lane between the co-op and Park Road.
This pub was originally named the COLLIERS, when i left school in 1962 i started work a few hundred yards along frog lane at J.MORRIS & SONS FAMILY BUTCHERS, I went on one of their mobile shops and believe it or not we served meat to that pub ,the landlady's name was POLY she was a real good owd fashioned pub landlady. WE also served meat to THE PEAR TREE PUB just 50 yards up towards Wigan the man who i was with was JOHN BENNET ,it got awkward at times for he was on the dart's team ( Colliers) it got tricky when he played against PEAR TREE BUT HAPPY DAYS THIS PICTURE HAS RE-KINDLED many,many fond memories also very sad to see the demise of them both .
Thanks for reminding me that the pub was the colliers. Also Mr. Reece did some of the Hughes family live on Dawson Avenue, if so I was a neighbour for some time.
Derek - Harry Hughes ran the business, in my time, with his nephew Brian. He was a Methodist lay preacher. Cheese was delivered all over the area and there was a little grocery shop in the front.
Dawson Avenue does sound familiar, though I was only at his home once.
Chinese Jacbit for £12 quid a week sounds a decent enough offer.
Brian B, your not related to John Bennet are you ?he lived in Field ST. Down by side of Walmsley's.
No Alan, not related to John Bennet but there was an Alan Bennet in my class at the Bluecoat school,he lived in field street.
Hello Brian B, the John had a son ALAN . Also he went to the same school as yourself and lived in Field ST it all fits Brian ,I don't suppose you know the where-about's of him i would dearly love to rekindle our friendship again.
Sorry Alan, lost contact years ago.
You never know someone else on the forum may respond, best of luck.