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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 2nd August, 2019)

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun
Mesnes Park 25th July 2019

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850)
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Comment by: Veronica on 2nd August 2019 at 07:00

Lovely colours in the photo but he clouds are looking ominous..
So many generations doing what comes naturally, rubbing the shoe...

Comment by: Rev David Long on 2nd August 2019 at 08:35

Looking through old copies of the Wigan Observer on Monday, I came across a number of articles about the WW1 tank which was presented to the Borough in February 1920. I think it ended up being parked near the pavilion, and was scrapped by Calderbanks in 1929. Has anyone seen a picture of it before it was scrapped?
Also in the Observer in 1919 was a court case about an ex-soldier who broke off the gun and fingers of the original Boer War statue....

Comment by: Philip G. on 2nd August 2019 at 11:26

David, The Great War Forum includes a postcard that shows Tank No.228 being displayed in Leigh. The 'Forum also mentions that No.228 had been displayed in Mesnes Park - Wigan, previously.
'Great War Forum' Forums>Browse>P.1

Comment by: irene roberts on 2nd August 2019 at 16:03

My Dad lifted me up to rub Sir Francis Sharp-Powell's shoe in the fifties; I lifted my son and daughter up to make a wish, and my son lifted my grandchildren up. It is good to see Wigan's little ones carrying on the tradition. I hope all their wishes come true.

Comment by: FW on 2nd August 2019 at 16:22

Bring me a memory
My hand on a shoe .
Cassinellis ice cream , Vimto to .
The Summer show also , with tents to explore ,
Then run in the Park , with freedom galore .
Chase one an other , laugh without care .
Bring me a memory,
For I was once there ...

Comment by: irene roberts on 2nd August 2019 at 19:04

That's lovely, FW.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd August 2019 at 19:21

I wonder what the story was about the ex soldier breaking the fingers and gun from the Boer War statue.. Sounds as if he was completely disillusioned about the war and was making a statement? Probably nothing of the kind but .... It make me think.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 2nd August 2019 at 19:25

Yes, nice one...FW.

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