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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 12th July, 2018)


King Street West, Wigan.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Apple iPad)
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Comment by: Mick on 12th July 2018 at 08:06

I bet there a few people come down them steps head first

Comment by: Johnny on 12th July 2018 at 08:49

Did this building ever house the Las Vegas Club? If so I went there many times. The regular DJ was a Billy Butler, late of Thank Your Lucky Stars on TV and now on Liverpools Radio City.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th July 2018 at 08:50

This was Gee's School of Dancing when I was a little girl, (I never went there!). You can just make out the name in very faded lettering on the back of the building.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 12th July 2018 at 09:14

I knew it as Trucks :)

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2018 at 09:14

A building I know nothing about - and would like to know what it was originally- perhaps a warehouse. I can imagine as Mick said somebody tumbling down the steps worse for wear! (Shades of Laurel and Hardy even)

Comment by: Spud on 12th July 2018 at 09:43

I went there it was ballet and tap dancing and was used to do pantomimes I was little bo peep in one and a jockey in another

Comment by: Mick on 12th July 2018 at 10:30

Irene youv got better eye sight than me.

Comment by: A.W. on 12th July 2018 at 10:50

this buidling was the original Wallgate Station, it went out of use when the present station was built. Sad to see such an historic building in this state.

Comment by: Poet on 12th July 2018 at 11:26

Talking of faded lettering Irene, there was until quite recently the slogan "U.S. Invaders out of Vietnam " daubed on a wall behind the Park. Quality paint that!

Comment by: DerekB on 12th July 2018 at 16:01

Johnny, this building did house the Las Vegas Club, but prior to that it was called The Golden Clog which was, as far as I can recall, the first late night opening club in Wigan. To buy a drink after normal pub closing time, you had to order a meal which was, invariably, Chicken in a Basket!

Comment by: Dave Lewis. on 12th July 2018 at 18:54

I worked there when it was shapiro'S then Lap dancing club.

Comment by: Philip G. on 12th July 2018 at 22:11

DerekB/Dave Lewis.
I went to this club on only a few occasions, but clearly remember Natbush City', being thumped out. So perhaps one, or both, of you could tell me what this club's name had been c1973-74. Thanks.

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 12th July 2018 at 23:24

Dave Lewis, how was your pole dancing technique?

Comment by: Poet on 12th July 2018 at 23:36


Listen! Can you hear! Faint! From
The lazy drone of a tenor sax
Snoozing ghostly under an hat.
The pulsing bass,and tapping cymbals,
The smoke curling through the dim light like tinsle?
Can you hear the clinking glasses of vermouth
As the bright young things misspend their youth
In toasting today and the ever after
To the sound of distant phantom laughter?

Comment by: Thomas (Tom)Walsh. on 13th July 2018 at 08:31

This is the site of the first night club in Wigan
'THE GOLDEN CLOG' opened early sixties.
The first artist was Matt Munro.

Comment by: Johnny on 13th July 2018 at 09:10

Thanks Derek B for that. And Chicken in a basket reminds me of the time in the Casino Club when they served it. A gormless mate of mine asked the waiter "Wheres gravy?"

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th July 2018 at 09:16

Philip G, your comment made me smile, as I recall seeing a group at The Turnkey who sang "Nutbush City Limits". I remember the lead singer belting out, "They Call it NUTBUSH, NUTBUSH, NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS" in Wigan accent that was broader than a pitmon's clog! I have never forgotten it!

Comment by: DerekB on 13th July 2018 at 12:43

Sorry, Phillip G can't remember what it was circa 73-74. By this time my usual haunt was The King of Clubs in King St.

Comment by: Dave Lewis. on 13th July 2018 at 13:51

Hi Phil G I think it was called sloopies at that time,Phil Taylor If I had got on the pole they would have to get builders in after,good times in there thou.

Comment by: DerekB on 13th July 2018 at 14:12

PhillipG. Since my post saying I couldn't remember the name of this club around 73-74, I have since recalled it being called Pemps at one time but I am not certain when this would have been.

Comment by: Poet on 13th July 2018 at 16:09

This was never Pemps Derek. That fine establishment was round the corner.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 13th July 2018 at 16:16

Derek B/Dave L.
My thanks to both of you for your kind effort.

Comment by: Dave Lewis. on 13th July 2018 at 17:28

Hi DerekB pemps was just round corner on dorning st that was run by Barbara calderbank,it was called balshi club before that

Comment by: Philip G. on 13th July 2018 at 17:39

Your recent post heaps vitality.
I can just imagine that particular line: "Un thi cawn it Nuh-bush, …". I also remember almost having my eye knocked out by a performing Scottish piper in a packed Turnkey during the early 70's?; and there's every probability that 'other customers' would also have experienced the same near-miss - Skirl indeed.
I hope that Dorothy had withstood the recent onslaught of hot dry weather, but if she hadn't, then I feel certain that your Peter would have since eased her every concern. Thanks.

Comment by: DerekB on 14th July 2018 at 15:38

Dave Lewis/Poet. Thanks for putting me right on Pemps. Wasn't that fine establishment, as Poet calls it, also called Puffers at one time?

Comment by: Poet on 14th July 2018 at 18:10

That's right Derek. Have a look at ' The pie at night: from Puffers to Pemps' on Google for a interesting piece by Terry Thomas.
Regarding the above photo, was it once called Angels?

Comment by: Dave Lewis. on 16th July 2018 at 00:06

Yes poet it was angels at one time,and has Johnny said earlier it was also Las Vegas club.

Comment by: Janette R on 17th July 2018 at 19:47

This was the Las Vegas when I was still at school,I did go a couple of times, first time I had seen Go-Go dancers,2 girls and one lad. In the early 70's this was Sloopie's and we all went straight from work on Friday nights.I can remember my Mum telling me it used to be Gee's Dancing School when she was young.

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