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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 9th December, 2019)

Xmas Decorations

Xmas Decorations
Makinson Arcade, Wigan.

Photo: Jane  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Ken R on 9th December 2019 at 04:27

That facia is certainly impressive, congrats to the older designers of older years.

Comment by: kath on 9th December 2019 at 08:38

Merry Christmas Wigan!

Comment by: Axcroft on 9th December 2019 at 09:16

I often wonder what's in the space above, or is it just a blank facade? Great looking building.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th December 2019 at 09:58

I think this is a lovely photo of the Makinson Arcade and I love the bow but I can't help thinking of the Wigan of my childhood when we all knew the shops so well....Woolie's, Lowe's, Timpson's, Freeman, Hardy and Willis etc. and could have directed a stranger to them immediately. If someone asked me what shops were at the top of the arcade these days, I couldn't have told them had I not seen this photo and I go to Wigan three times a week.

Comment by: Gary on 9th December 2019 at 10:14

Excellent photo, Jane. It looks better than in the past - cleaner?- but with far less footfall.

Comment by: PeterP on 9th December 2019 at 10:18

A few weeks ago we walked through the Arcade and all the floor tiles had been removed and at the bottom end of the Arcade stone flags had been laid?

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th December 2019 at 10:54

Yes, Peter P. the floor has been done and I think it's completed. The Arcade is lovely but, as Gary says, now has far less footfall than in years gone by. I think a lot of people just use it as a passageway to the bus station. I remember last Spring when the roof of the arcade was festooned with upside-down umbrellas in bright colours and it looked wonderful.

Comment by: Lloyd on 9th December 2019 at 11:01

have good look jane might be closed next year

Comment by: davidb on 9th December 2019 at 11:13

Great photograph.

Comment by: britboy on 9th December 2019 at 14:33

Had to look at this twice, I thought Thornton’s had disappeared until I realised this was the other end of the arcade.
I always collect my chocolate fix at Thornton’s when I visit Wigan....been too long between visits that’s for sure.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 9th December 2019 at 22:50


So nice to hear from you again, however so sad to inform you that our mutual friend in Sunny Spain has passed away recently.

My e-mail is fredgourmet@gmail.com

Kind regards....

Comment by: Veronica on 10th December 2019 at 13:31

Walked down here today and saw the tiles were lifted,although I liked the tiles they weren't safe to walk on when wet. They have put concrete flags down and have to finish the job. I saw chewing gum already on the flags,they will need a thorough cleaning every year. Some folk have filthy habits! I wish chewing gum could be banned.

Comment by: Lynne on 13th December 2019 at 12:19

Waste of time, effort - and council taxpayers money!

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