Photo-a-Day (Monday, 24th August, 2020)
Mick is it the ' chippie' or what looks like a sore thumb stuck there, that seems to be the subject?
Up to you Veronica to make your own mind up, if you have memories of eating Yates chips, are you interested in Wigan ancient history.
Sorry to be pedantic Mick, but Marus Bridge is further up and where you are is Goose Green.
Veronica, the sore thumb is on what was a Roman Road, it's a stone cross or marker, some info here: https://www.stpaulswigan.org.uk/home/learn-about-our-stone-cross
What did the Romans ever do for us Cyril? They gave Veronica a sore thumb that's what! and what's more, they left sore thumbs all over the then known world. What would civilization be like today without Roman sore thumbs hey? we would all be running around naked and covered in blue woad that's what!
Veronica, in those days there was a sign on top of that sore thumb that said "FISH AND CHIPS OVER THE ROAD"
"ROMAN LEGIONS WELCOME"
"PARK YOUR CHARIOTS HERE"
"SORE FEET MASSAGED WHILE YOU WAIT"
That's YOU told Mick.
My first thoughts were, why take a photo of something of ancient local interest and entitle it with the name of the chip shop 50 yards away.
I do believe you are right Dtease, perhaps the 'sore thumb' was also the first sign for hitching a ride on a chariot on the old Roman road. They didn't need to hitch their togas up because they were already short..like you say they probably invented the first deep fish fryer....and the first greasy spoon....we have some things to be thankful for after they left us behind.
Running around naked and covered in blue woad eh DTease, so you've driven along The Common at Parbold of a Saturday evening then, happen to have seen any bikes propped up.
Roy I did it like that to make folk think, and maybe get of there bums and go to see this ancient big of Wigan, even have a bag of chips while doing so.
I think the connection between Mick's chippy and thumb is the grill that burned the thumb. Perhaps the Romans invented that as well. They liked their fish grilled did the Romans, and perhaps the Nile Perch most of all.