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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 11th March, 2019)

Bolton Rd Moor side

Bolton Rd Moor side

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon Powershot)
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Comment by: Gary on 11th March 2019 at 07:58

The parade of shops, in 1969 I had a Sunday morning job in the Westinghouse coin-op launderette, I think the third unit from the right.
Ken Cowap's betting shop on the end, left facing.
Thanks for the photo Ron.

Comment by: Mick on 11th March 2019 at 10:32

Welcome back Ron

Comment by: Garry on 11th March 2019 at 11:51

I love Crocuses, especially when they are mixed with the white ones.

Comment by: irene roberts on 11th March 2019 at 13:18

Aspull always looks nice, especially with the Spring flowers each year.

Comment by: Ron D on 11th March 2019 at 13:26

Thanks Mick,been in dry dock.

Comment by: walt (north Yorks) on 11th March 2019 at 14:21

Gary, don't forget the Co-op shop was the first self service supermarket in the parade, it was I think second from left. Joan Fishwick had a hairdressers shop on the upper level, there was a newsagent shop in the middle of the row and a chemists. Thanks Ron nice photo and what about the little flowers eh !

Comment by: Alan on 11th March 2019 at 15:51

Where are the Dafs?

Comment by: Elizabeth on 11th March 2019 at 18:32

Aspull looking pretty,as usual.My favourite of the outlying areas of Wigan.

Comment by: Janette on 11th March 2019 at 20:31

Lovely pic of Aspull.My favourite area of Wigan.

Comment by: Gary on 11th March 2019 at 20:50

Walt, until you mentioned it, I'd forgotten the Co-op. It was second down from the left.
Irene - agree with you. There have been a few changes but it is recognisably the same as it was years ago.

Comment by: Wiggin Lad on 11th March 2019 at 22:07

Gary, between 1969-1975 we lived almost opposite this row of shops in an old house long ago demolished. About 2am one morning the Newsagents Alarm started to sound disturbing the neighbourhood, I contacted the police and they sent a officer to check things out, I met him at the front of the shops. The copper was a big guy but said to me, I'm on my own tonight so-- I'll stay here you go around the back and check things out. I replied with a few choice words saying, I have a better idea, you go around the back and I'll go back to bed having lost enough sleep. That's how it was left but -- the next morning it was revealed that the burglar(s) had come back and nicked all the fags from the Newsagents. True is that Gary !

Comment by: Gary on 12th March 2019 at 07:24

Wiggin Lad - police bravery eh? You must have known Aspull Moor Post Office. And I knew a lad called David Hart in the houses opposite.
Yours is a good story of "the good old days!!"

Comment by: Wiggin Lad on 12th March 2019 at 10:32

Gary, I knew David very well, lived next door but one. David was a talented chap especially when it came to playing the piano, having heard a piece of music just the once he could play it from memory, amazing !. Didn't he study to be a preacher in the church.

Comment by: Gary on 12th March 2019 at 15:09

Wiggin Lad - David went up to Durham University(St John's College) and did intend to be ordained in the Church of England. I saw him there in 1971 but subsequently lost touch.
I don't think he did get ordained in the end.
He had been involved in amateur dramatics at Rivington Grammar School.

Comment by: Wiggin Lad on 13th March 2019 at 08:24

Gary, David had a sister Denise who moved to Chorley as she worked in the offices of the Government factory up that way. He also had a brother who lived in Southport. David's mum went to live on Radcliffe Road in those old cottages just before Haigh Road, that was back around 1979 I think when the houses on Scot Lane were demolished.

Comment by: Fred on 15th March 2019 at 04:56

Gary'; do you know; if Ken cowap is still with us.Also his brother Eric.

Comment by: Gary on 15th March 2019 at 09:17

Eric - I don't know. Was a successful business at the time.

Wiggin Lad - I think Denise worked for the Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton, near Chorley. The site is, I understand, a housing estate now.
I recall David's dad, an intense chap who I suspect hid shyness with his forceful approach. His mother was a quiet, gentle soul
Thanks for letting me know where she ended up. Not too far away.

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