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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 4th August, 2021)


Don’t Forget to wash your hands! At the entrance to Ince Park.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 4th August 2021 at 06:57

Not many Inceites will know that the hands make shadows at different times of the day.
If you was standing on your head at the time this photo was taken you will see the hands are making the shadows of two dinosaurs fighting.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th August 2021 at 08:52

We've had the face, at the top of Millgate,now we have the hands. Will it be the feet next or a torso? Body parts distributed in various parts of Wigan. (That's if Ince is really in Wigan...)

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th August 2021 at 08:54

When I was a little girl, Ince Park, (or, to give it its proper title, Walmesley Park), was our playground and I remember some crumbling, shadowy, smelly old toilets in the park itself that we were all afraid to use, (I even recall the rude verse chalked on the wall!). They were so old and decrepit that they were eventually demolished and a new toilet block was built just outside the gate. I can remember it being built but it also soon became unusable due, I think, to vandalism and lack of upkeep and it didn't last long and when it was demolished these hands were put in its place. I have to say I have never liked them. However, I might go and stand on my head one day to see if I can see two dinosaurs fighting!! If you happen to be passing when I do, kindly avert your eyes!

Comment by: Mick on 4th August 2021 at 09:51

Irene to see the shadows its not always necessary to stand on ones head, I only said that because of the angle the photo is being viewed.
Ive also been told that if you go for a look on a sunny evening you can see some naughty shadows.

Comment by: DTease on 4th August 2021 at 10:17

Irene, I would pay good money to see you standing on your head outside Walmesley Park!
As a gentleman I would do my best, but I couldn’t promise to avert my eyes.
P.S. can I bring my camera?

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th August 2021 at 11:25

Oo la la, Dtease, you naughty lad! Veronica and I will ditch our Brief Encounter personas of Dolly and Laura and don our Can-Can skirts outside Ince Park for one evening only....we are rather old Can-Can girls these days but your Box Brownie with a roll of eight black-and-white photos will capture us nicely. Are you up for it, Dolly dear? (Sorry Dennis, for going off the subject of your photo but I know you are a good sport who doesn't mind us having a bit of fun).

Comment by: Veronica on 4th August 2021 at 12:17

I can kick a can , but I can't can-can. I can also carry the can if circumstances arise. But I don't want to land in the can my dear. There's too much can't say this and can't say that... anyway mi corns won't let me...mores the pity. ;o))

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 4th August 2021 at 13:46

You should sell tickets for that one Irene/Veronica :)

Comment by: Joanne on 4th August 2021 at 13:53

The sculpture was a community-led piece of public art installed around 2006, and was part of a wider programme aiming to improve the transport corridors throughout the area. Entitled ‘Helping Hands’ it was designed and carved by artist Sarah Brindley, before being cast in bronze at a foundry in Wales.

Irene: “Ince Park, (or, to give it its proper title, Walmesley Park)”
I’d’ve thought it would be “Walmesley” too after the local well-to-do family, but the signs all say Walmsley Park. I wonder if this is due to a historical spelling mistake.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th August 2021 at 16:30

Joanne, Walmsley is indeed a spelling mistake and the park was definitely named for the Walmesley family of Ince. I have a friend whose surname is Mawdsley and he is always having to correct people who spell it Mawdesley, as I would have if I didn't know him. There were a lot of historical spelling mistakes as people just wrote a name as it sounded., and records were hand-written back in the old days, and so easily mis-interpreted.
I'll put you down for a ticket, Standisher. Ten bob!

Comment by: Pw on 4th August 2021 at 17:01

I have always liked this sculpture and I also like the stainless steel face in Wigan,each too their own.

Comment by: Cyril on 4th August 2021 at 19:32

The shadows change to an Owl and a Pussy Cat at midnight Mick.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 4th August 2021 at 20:10

Just wait until you see my bronze bottom smack bang in the centre of " Believe Square " Veebs, ....pointing directly at the reception desk..............you won't " believe " it.....

I do " believe " that Gormley fellow has a team of panel beaters working on the larger than life sculpture as we speak, and I'm also led to " believe " that its unveiling , ( by the Princess Royal no less ) will take place in time for the 2021 Christmas festivities.
( and if you " believe " any of that lot, then I "believe" I'll show my bottom in the middle of " believe " square. )
Now if you'll forgive me,
I do "believe " that another can of liquid sustenance may now well be in order.

Comment by: Edna on 4th August 2021 at 21:13

I often wondered what this sculpture was about.Thank you for the information Joanne.Good photo Dennis.

Comment by: e on 4th August 2021 at 22:01

Be nice with a moonlight,
Proud in full beam,
Clouds rolling by it,
Both lazy and keen ,
With only the wind,
and no soul about ,
the maiden would rise
void whisper nor shout...

Comment by: Veronica on 4th August 2021 at 22:09

Oh No! Not another lump of bronze to add to the collection...
I'm sure there'll be folk who'll love it and question what It means.....

Comment by: DTease on 4th August 2021 at 23:38

Well Veronica, you’ve got a face, you’ve got two hands and soon you’ll have Ozy’s derrière. All you have to find now are two legs and a torso!

Comment by: Veronica on 5th August 2021 at 07:39

That's how 'Frankenstein' was born - a bit of this and a bit of that! At least the shelter's survived the sinkhole ...;o))

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th August 2021 at 10:51

Cheque is in the post Irene, front row seats ;)

Comment by: Joanne on 6th August 2021 at 09:36

Thanks, Irene, I know St Catharine’s Church in Scholes was originally called St Catherine’s until a spelling mistake stuck as well.

Mick, love the comment about the fighting dinosaurs.

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