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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 6th August, 2020)

Grand Arcade


Grand Arcade
The Grand Arcade or...Station Road with a roof on.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
Views: 2,511

Comment by: Fred Mason on 6th August 2020 at 00:09

Nice one again, Dennis.

Tell me, has Millgate disappeared as well?

Comment by: Mick on 6th August 2020 at 06:40

Looks like its going to rain way they are all rushing past

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th August 2020 at 07:17

As a non resident of Wigan, it seems to me the only relation the 'Grand Acade' has with its surroundings is it's pointy roof, totally out out of place & looks like it was squeezed into a very limited space. Obviously a non starter dreamt up by the planning department.

Comment by: julie on 6th August 2020 at 08:02

Prefer how it used to be I know that things move on but its ruined wigan that is my opinion.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th August 2020 at 08:42

Brilliant way of taking the photo with another of how it was. I know which I prefer...the Wigan that was. For a change it's a busier scene today.

Comment by: Mick on 6th August 2020 at 10:20

Helen and Julie I think the Grand Arcade looks great, its weather proof and fits in very nicely with the old surroundings.
Veronica you might think the photos with in another look good but Ive been told, that some viewers dont like them, and in some cases have been putting some Wigan snappers off from submitting there own point and click efforts.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 6th August 2020 at 11:17

I agree Mick - the girl on the right in quite a hurry.

Comment by: irene roberts on 6th August 2020 at 11:28

In all fairness, The Grand Arcade could be a lot worse; I've been in some much more soul-less shopping centres but I miss the Wigan shown on the small photo. I think those of us who remember it will always miss it.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 6th August 2020 at 12:03

If it's any consolation, Helen, you'll be pleased to know that the present Government is 'streamlining' the planning system to give Councils and local folk even less of a say in what gets built where - not that I think Wigan's planners had that much of a say about the design of private developments such as the Arcade. It is worth noting that house builders are sitting on a million building plots already granted planning consent....

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th August 2020 at 12:45

Thats fine with me Mick, we all have different opinions on what we like & don't like....I personally don't like it.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th August 2020 at 13:29

I can't see the harm in showing the same scene as it used to be Mick, but each to his own... anyway there are still photos of today.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th August 2020 at 13:44

I don't mind the inside of the arcade, it's the outside that lets it down , it looks like a glass menagerie. I think Station Rd could have had a better design with the other shop fronts retained, as 'The Ship' frontage was.

Comment by: Cyril on 6th August 2020 at 14:33

Come off it Mick, the place is awful and once inside you could be any mall in any town anywhere as they're all alike. I'm surprised too that you are praising it when security threw you out by the scruff of the saddle for cycling in there.

Comment by: Plagiarist on 6th August 2020 at 15:24

I’ve been told Mick, by more than a few viewers that they don’t like some of the comments that you make, indeed, some of them have been put off making comments of their own.
Just like your mysterious viewers have appointed you their spokesperson, mine have bestowed myself with the same honour. I did tell them that no harm would come to them if they sent in their own comments but, like yours Mick, apparently they just couldn’t face it.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th August 2020 at 15:37

Yes David I heard that yesterday, that will probably open another can of worms.
Surely councils do have some say in what private /commercial money wants to erect in your town....I think very few people can be bothered till its to late . Where I live Tesco wanted to build a store, the NNDC rejected their plans for the usual square box, they had to come up with several designs before they produced one to suit.

Comment by: Xpat on 6th August 2020 at 16:35

Looks a tight fit to me. Was it dropped in from above or did Wigan Council employ elephants to push it in with their bottoms ?

Comment by: Kath H on 6th August 2020 at 17:29

I think it’s great, need to move with the times.

Comment by: Ray on 6th August 2020 at 18:05

Dennis, Yes, Millgate is still there, turn right immediately after
the Yorkshire Bank building. Cheers, Ray.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 6th August 2020 at 19:03

Good one Dennis.
Nice bit of documentary photography showing the current times.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 6th August 2020 at 19:14

Just been on Google Earth and can see that Millgate is indeed, still there. Great stuff. I wonder if the chippy is still there?

Comment by: Ray on 6th August 2020 at 19:15

My comment regarding Millgate should have been for Fred Mason. Ray.

Comment by: Walt ( nth yorks ) on 6th August 2020 at 22:00

Dennis, great photo, like the Now and Then approach, just love them, great reminders.

Comment by: fw on 7th August 2020 at 00:17

Really hard to see Woolies ,
The Ritz now places long gone,
To realise they were a part of your being,
a time , a friend, a someone..
Places you grew with through childhood,
places that always seemed there,
now we are left with the rewind
recalling, a moment .... somewhere ...

Comment by: Mick on 7th August 2020 at 07:18

Oy no its not a nice bit of documentary photography showing the current times. what its doing is spoiling what was a photo of Wigan as it it is today

Comment by: David Barker on 7th August 2020 at 10:14

Good photo Dennis ,I for one like the here and now photos, simply because I was only a youngster or not even born at the time.
Looking at the photo the arcade as took quite a bit of room up , well done.

Comment by: DTease on 7th August 2020 at 10:17

Give it up Mick, it's sounding like sour grapes now.

Comment by: Mick on 7th August 2020 at 11:19

I suppose it is Teasy to the camera club boys

Comment by: Fred Mason on 7th August 2020 at 13:16

Cheers, Ray.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2020 at 13:23

Mick I thought you were the Chairman (on a bike) of the Camera Club for Wigan World.

Comment by: DTease on 7th August 2020 at 15:06

According to Cyril he's been de-seated as far as the Grand Arcade is concerned Veronica.

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