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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 10th October, 2020)

Appley Bridge

Appley Bridge

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: XPat on 10th October 2020 at 00:16

Wonderful shot, that one Mick. Looks a lovely place to live. Thank you for posting.

Comment by: Mick on 10th October 2020 at 08:26

They should never have taken the hump out of the Appley Bridge bridge.
But I can see why they did it, with Appley Bridge at that time having so many industries, and big lorries passing through the village.
It was said back in the 60s that the singer Gerry Dorsey was on his way back from a show in Liverpool and became lost in the fog and ended up driving over the old humpback bridge in Appley Bridge.
A few weeks later his manager said Gerry you need a new name to make yourself more popular, and Gerry thought of that night a few weeks earier of the foggy night and the old humpback bridge in Appley Bridge so after a bit of thinking they came up with the name Engelbert Humperdinck...

Comment by: irene roberts on 10th October 2020 at 10:20

I thought Egelbert Humperdink's name was taken from the actual name of a music composer from another century. Love the photo of Appley Bridge. There are some beautiful places in Wigan and in Lancashire in general.

Comment by: Anne on 10th October 2020 at 13:44

Quite right Irene....did you ever sing, Fourteen angels watch do keep, at school. Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Comment by: irene roberts on 10th October 2020 at 15:15

No, Anne. I don't know that at all, I'm afraid. Hope you're keeping well. xx

Comment by: Poet on 10th October 2020 at 16:47

When Gerry Dorsey sought out fame ,
He reckoned what he needed was a change of name .
Nothing too fancy, nothing absurd ,
Perhaps a German composer of whom no one has heard .
So he crossed that bridge and had a think .
What about Englebert Humperdinck ?
Now he's so successful , what money he earns .
Crooning away in his huge sideburns .
That change of name was oh so clever ,
Now the last waltz will last forever .

Comment by: Edie Plant on 10th October 2020 at 18:32

I wouldn't go as far as saying anywhere in Wigan was beautiful, Irene. In Lancashire and on the outskirts of Wigan, maybe, but I've spent far too long in Springfield to think Wigan is beautiful.

Comment by: Edna on 10th October 2020 at 20:16

Very good Poet, I like it. Good photo Mick.

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