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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 11th January, 2019)

Makinson Arcade

Makinson Arcade

Photo: Jane  (Apple iPhone)
Views: 2,794

Comment by: Ken R on 11th January 2019 at 00:42

Good photo showing the bottom entrance h Makinson's Arcade. Whilst it is nice to see the Arcade and the history around it, there is no "humpf" to it, I must be getting too old.

Comment by: jack on 11th January 2019 at 07:37

Correct Ken R.Like the rest of the town.
I'ts souless.The market hall is worse.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th January 2019 at 07:48

An iconic entrance to the arcade that I knew so well.

Shame about the ...loud..shop sign.

Thanks Jane.

Comment by: Poet on 11th January 2019 at 08:36

Like an elegant Edwardian gent wearing a baseball cap.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2019 at 09:27

The town has become like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing - there will be more missing soon, sadly,when and if the big stores close....it's the same all over. That sign is so tacky and out of place - do they think we are all blind!

Comment by: Mick on 11th January 2019 at 09:29

I wonder if that woman wearing the gay coloured jacket ever looks in the mirror

Comment by: irene roberts on 11th January 2019 at 09:43

Nicely put, Poet! And I was amazed to see what I thought were three ladies actually wearing skirts, until I realised they were schoolgirls in uniform. I walk through Wigan four days a week and there only ever seems to be ME wearing a skirt or dress and heels. It is all trousers and trainers these days. I used to love the smell of coffee from Makinson's Coffee Shop, (now Thornton's), when I was a little girl. The name is still there picked out in mosaic on the floor as you walk in. I agree with the above statements but I must admit I like the lamps.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2019 at 10:22

I have been pondering as to what will be left in the future. My tortured brain has come up with :- Post Office for returns from Internet shopping possibly.
Card shops, a cafe for the lost souls like my self - wondering where all the shops have gone! MORE than enough Charity shops.
The Galleries will become a shelter for when it's raining and somewhere for the homeless to bed down at night? Might even have a Green Grocers. The Bus Station - could be somewhere for the kids to skate board! Have I left any shops out?

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2019 at 10:31

Irene you are not the only one wearing skirts - I have just bought a lovely corduroy one in navy. Last year I was in Debenhams and a ninety year old lady was looking for a skirt and saw me wearing one and she asked me where I had got it from- I didn't know whether to be flattered or insulted! Neither of us could find a skirt last year but this year there's loads about! I was beginning to think they had become extinct..... Unless you wanted one in a six inch length!

Comment by: Ivor on 11th January 2019 at 10:42

Well Mick judging by that photo 26/09/17, look at the state of YOU, you obviously never look in a mirror, stop being so rude to people you don't know

Comment by: Maureen on 11th January 2019 at 11:11

Irene,Elizabeth always wears a skirt.

Comment by: irene roberts on 11th January 2019 at 13:01

Yes I know she does, Maureen. I was just generalising.....I DO see an occasional skirt or a dress, (particularly in Summer), but the trousers/jeans/ tracksuit bottoms far out-number them. I was just pointing out how times have changed since the Makinson Arcade was built and through its heydays in the fifties and sixties when I was growing up. It was mainly the young girls who wore jeans or trousers then but they are fashionable with all ages now.

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 11th January 2019 at 13:56

Irene, I always wear skirts and dresses.. Pants when I am working out in my garden.. ( I remember from my childhood, seeing older ladies, bent over to pick something up, with their bum in the air, showing their knickers.. so I wear pants.). Can't wear heels any more, just low wedges.. this is Florida, very casual, only women going to work wear heels...

Comment by: britboy on 11th January 2019 at 14:07

Makinsons arcade, one of the few Wigan icons left, I remember the wonderful aroma from the Makinsons coffee shop and as reminded by Irene, the name is still on the entrance floor as you walk in.
Of course when I get to visit Wigan, one of the first stops is Thornton’s chocolates, usually have a shipping order for special toffee and elsewhere for Uncle Joes Mint Balls to to take back to the USA .

I was just thinking the other day, the bus station has seen many changes, from Hope St, to a new bus station at the back of Market St, to a re-constructed bus station.

There’s nothing so sure as change itself as I notice each time I visit Wigan (which is not often enough).

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 11th January 2019 at 14:35

Britboy, only yesterday I was telling my husband about Makinsons Coffee shop and the amazing aroma .. never smelled anything like it and I didn't even drink coffee back then.. I do miss the Wigan of my day...

Comment by: TommyT on 11th January 2019 at 14:51

A bit "old" Wigan still there, a shame about the bakery sign, completely out of context.
Nice one Jane.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th January 2019 at 15:35

And those horrible stickers all over the windows, really tacky.
I remember the coffee importers ...thats going back a while, back to the late 1940s !

Comment by: Rosie G on 11th January 2019 at 19:30

I think the photo=a -day referred to is 25th September 2017.

Comment by: britboy on 12th January 2019 at 00:53

Unfortunately Janet (jouell) the Wigan of our time has long gone, but it remains in our thoughts and loving memories for ever.

Comment by: Broady on 12th January 2019 at 05:46

Used to walk down there on the way to TLS from StationRoad and shout”Clapper” and he would chase us all across the market square. Think his name was Bill Lyon.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th January 2019 at 16:38

It was indeed, Bill. xx

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