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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 24th November, 2017)

Earl Street

Earl Street
Swinley, Wigan.

Photo: David  (Canon G3 X)
Views: 3,881

Comment by: Roy on 24th November 2017 at 00:16

That was always a gradely chippy, I remember it from the 50's when the Norris family had it and later when it was Jimmy Lowes. Don't know what it's like now though.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 24th November 2017 at 01:10

I'm sure that store was a chippie for a long time. My maternal Grandmother lived at #6 Swinley Lane in the forties. I believe one of the houses in the distance.

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th November 2017 at 09:23

What a homely scene....just going dark and a lit-up shop window. I know that's a chippy but the scene takes me back to childhood when we found it so exciting, playing out in the dark nights, always near home, and congregating outside the lit-up papershop window as Selection Boxes, tinsel, "Rupert" and other annuals and Chocolate Smokers' Outfits replaced the usual goods in the window. Imagine it today..... Chocolate Smokers' Outfits and Sweet Cigarettes! They wouldn't be allowed now as they would "encourage children to smoke", and yet I must have eaten enough to sink a battleship and never once have I had the urge to try the real thing. Thankyou for a lovely, nostalgic photo; just for a magical moment, I was eight again.

Comment by: Cyril on 24th November 2017 at 09:51

It was Roy, at one time there would be a queue going down Wrightington Street on Friday evenings, those days have been long gone, the food hygiene rating on the door shall reveal why.

Comment by: Jim tomney on 24th November 2017 at 12:26

Looks cold out there not been the chippy for 10yrs . Irene i thought you were writing your memoirs i also liked sweet cigarettes and like you never had the real thing must have saved thousands of pounds and hopefully we have a healthy life I won’t mention the drink though.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th November 2017 at 12:40

It is a cheery sight especially in the weeks before Christmas....you have said it all Irene.
I like to see the ornamental lamps lit outside people's front doors as well.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th November 2017 at 13:30

What a lovely memory Irene !

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th November 2017 at 15:06

Oh, I like a drink, Jim! Cheers! x.

Comment by: Maurice on 24th November 2017 at 15:24

The chippy lights make the view,has for good chips,the only very good ones were fried in beef dripping.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 25th November 2017 at 00:21

I've heard that rumour Irene, and the song that you mentioned Maurice, ' Chippy Lights ' wasn't it the Platters that did that one?.

Comment by: AB on 26th November 2017 at 11:46

This chippy was Bensons during the war, They started to make crisps in a amall factory in Heskin after the war and after a fire moved to Kirkham and became a national company

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