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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 6th April, 2021)

Lock and Chains


Lock and Chains
She's now in lock and chains, Wigan Pier.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Garry on 6th April 2021 at 01:00

They should do the same with litter louts and shame them.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th April 2021 at 08:34

Who is 'she' & why is she chained up ??

Comment by: Julie on 6th April 2021 at 08:36

Its so awful today when you have to chain things like this up, when it represents history, stopping thugs from vandalising it.

Comment by: Arthur on 6th April 2021 at 08:47

Graffiti nuts as well , and don't forget the tomatoes , the soft ones.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th April 2021 at 08:55

As if the poor woman hasn't enough to put up with judging by the look on her face....
I agree with you Garry but it would go against their human rights..

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th April 2021 at 09:04

The only pleasing sight on that photo is the cobbled road . I hope it is never covered up with tarmac. Garry, I couldn't agree more about chaining up the litter louts.

Comment by: Anne on 6th April 2021 at 09:08

Is she chained because of scrap metal value?

Comment by: Gary on 6th April 2021 at 09:14

Arthur - I'd prefer to use tinned.

Comment by: Mick on 6th April 2021 at 09:48

Shes been chained up by the women's liberation army, to show how women in the olden days were treated, they didn't have a kitchen sink so they used the sign post leg.
Tell that to the women of today who go out using there free bus travel passes, and sit in places like Debenhams cafe drinking their crappylaties while admiring the view of Scholes.

Comment by: Alan on 6th April 2021 at 09:55

Why would anyone want to pinch this statue?

Comment by: Wiganer on 6th April 2021 at 09:58

'The bloody woman's work" George Orwell.

Comment by: DTease on 6th April 2021 at 10:20

No wonder she looks so miserable, someone’s stamped on her foot!

Comment by: Wiganer on 6th April 2021 at 10:20

veronica what rights do litter louts
have for throwing litter about the streets.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th April 2021 at 10:47

None at all Wiganer but that's how they would appeal...
Mick you really do spout a load of nonsense. Free bus passes and having a cup of coffee in Debenhams has nothing to do with 'Women's Lib!"
ps I never burned my bra they were far too expensive!

Comment by: DTease on 6th April 2021 at 11:37

Come on Mick, own up! It was you who squashed this poor ladies foot wasn’t it? You ran over it with your ‘lectric bike didn’t you? Be honest now, you’ll feel better if you confess. The nuns will box you round the lug holes again if you don’t own up.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th April 2021 at 12:35

Well, as no one will tell me what ' she ' represents, my only hope is nobody paid good money to have ' her ' made . Its an awful statue !!

Comment by: TerryW on 6th April 2021 at 12:48

Finally, somebody's chained Mick up.

Comment by: Edna on 6th April 2021 at 12:59

Mick, the women of today have paid for their bus passes, while paying Extortionate tax, while working, and sitting in Debhenhams cafe with good friends,drinking a very nice Latte, is a lovely luxury now that we are retired, there is nothing wrong in admiring Scholes, it is very nice with all its daffodils.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th April 2021 at 13:33

Helen, she represents a pit brow lass like the one on the poster above her. My Auntie Sally was one, working at the pit face breaking up coal. There is a pic of her on the Album under the "People", then scroll down to "Griffiths family" and also under "Work", then scroll down to Pit Brow Lasses, second page. They all wore old clothes and pinnies and head coverings to shield their hair from the coal dust

Comment by: Pw on 6th April 2021 at 15:52

Pit brow lasses worked on the surface sorting out the coal from the pit dirt etc.My mother was one.

Comment by: Rainh on 6th April 2021 at 17:52

Women are remarkable in my eyes and have been very much the backbone of our history . When you think of the jobs they did back then , you cannot bypass also the fact that women are the ones who are overwhelmingly the main hands of responsibility when it comes to child care . Pit brow lasses was only one job they did . Have a read about the Whaligoe steps . Women had to carry barrels of salt down 300 plus steps to the harbour for the fish . They then had to bring the baskets of fish up again . Once they got all fish up they had to carry the fish to market to sell . Imagine this at the height of Winter . Also the fish wives who gutted fish all day in all weathers . Then back home to cook the meals , all the child care, cleaning etc . Women nowadays can choose whether to work or stay at home looking after the kids .
Men just went to work and when he came home , he was met with a hot meal ,a cleaned up house , washed and fed kids , by a wife who did not have an hour to spare before it began again the next day . I salute all the women of that era , we owe you volumes , not least , for your sheer will, grit and determination .

Comment by: James Hanson on 6th April 2021 at 18:03

Yes I remember pit brow women working on the slopes of the John Pit slag heap, that's why they are called Pit Brow Women

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th April 2021 at 18:36

Thankyou Pw. That's so true but I believe some also swung heavy hammers to break up the larger lumps of coal. They were certainly wonderful women. I feel so proud of women like your Mother and my Auntie, as I'm sure you do. Salt of the Earth, every last one.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 6th April 2021 at 19:33

No. I can't remember the John Pit at all. I'm not from Standish, see. And, whether I remember it or not, I know Pit Brow Women didn't work on a slag heap.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th April 2021 at 19:39

I know about Pit Brow Lasses....but it could have been a better representative of one.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th April 2021 at 20:08

I have to agree with you, Helen. It's awful!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 6th April 2021 at 20:58

I just hope that whoever it was that paid for this pile of junk kept the receipt.

Comment by: Howard P on 7th April 2021 at 04:06

A master piece of our Wigan history! Thanks Mick.

Comment by: Alan on 7th April 2021 at 08:52

I must go and see it.
Looks very interesting.

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