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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 20th August, 2021)

Lovely Wigan


Lovely Wigan
Our old town looks very inviting in the sunshine does it not?

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Dave lewis on 20th August 2021 at 00:11

Good pic Dennis, yet again town looks very clean glad they are doing something right, the shop on left is only one still going in galleries marketgate apart from the RBS bank which is just out of shot.

Comment by: alan (on Vancouver Island) on 20th August 2021 at 00:23

Beautiful ! The last time I was there it had underground toilets and bus stops on both sides of the road. What a wonderful change !
Alan

Comment by: Veronica on 20th August 2021 at 07:40

It certainly is a lovely view and the flowers help a lot in the nicely shaped pot.
But it is a great pity there's not much to come to Wigan for with all that's been lost in the way of the big stores. Technology can be both both a curse and a blessing. But it's a good photo Dennis as usual.

Comment by: Maureen on 20th August 2021 at 07:51

Dennis,that's a cracking shot..you couldn't get much more of the buildings if you tried..and yes it does look inviting.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th August 2021 at 08:14

The sun works wonders but that said this does look a bit like the Wigan I knew. Thanks Dennis.

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th August 2021 at 08:27

That really is a lovely photo, helped by the sunny day, the tree and the flowers. I still tend to think of W H Smith's as Woolworth's! And I like the art-deco roof-line of the building next to it. We tend not to look up as we hurry through our town, and yet we have some lovely buildings.

Comment by: Gary on 20th August 2021 at 08:52

I read the Bolton News on line - locals have little good to say about their town and complain about aggressive begging, drugs and a run down town centre.
Wigan at least looks good and the Boltonians compare it favourably, together with Bury.
Bill Bryson (Notes From a Small Island et al) reckoned Wigan had done one of the best jobs in the country modernising its town centre and keeping much of its authentic appearance.
This photo proves the point.

Comment by: Michael on 20th August 2021 at 09:13

Not the bustling Wigan street scene of times past. Ask not for whom the parish bell tolls for our town councillors have signed its death warrant.

Comment by: Mick on 20th August 2021 at 09:22

If I was in charge of the design team, I wouldn't have let them stick that flower pot on those sloping flags.
If it had to be located their why not stand it on a couple of bricks so that it is level.

Comment by: PeterP on 20th August 2021 at 10:36

Wigan as its share of alleged down and outs, Most are druggies/alc's who go from the town centre to another town centre. I was talking to a shop worker who said there always had to be at least 2 workers in the shop because they can be intimidated by these down and outs, Why is there no police around when this is happening. They are too reliant on CCTV .

Comment by: Edna on 20th August 2021 at 11:04

Yes Dennis, it does look, very inviting.Good photo.Nothing wrong with the pots, and the flowers are lovely.

Comment by: DTease on 20th August 2021 at 11:59

The police no longer prevent crime, they react to it. And, these days they do precious little of that.
Since they moved into their Doss House near Robin Park you rarely see any of them around the town centre. Or anywhere else for that matter. They have surrendered control of the streets.
Where I live, if you see a Police Car you ask them if they are lost!

Comment by: John G on 20th August 2021 at 12:41

Mick: Before you can be in charge, you would need a health & Safety course. If all the flower pots was stacked on bricks what do you think might happen.

Comment by: Maureen on 20th August 2021 at 12:47

I'll never forget some years ago when it was announced that the policeman that did the rounds in our area was retiring..the truth is we'd never ever even seen him.

Comment by: Joan on 20th August 2021 at 14:50

John I think what Mick means is just place two feet under one side to level it up.
Ive just been to Wigan and had a look and I must say when you look at the slanting flower pot it does look daft.
Just imagine if they erected the war memorial next to the parish church on a tilt, because that is also on a slope

Comment by: Linma on 20th August 2021 at 14:51

I make no apologies for repeating myself -

This is the land of lost content
I see it shining plain
The happy highways where I went
And never will again.

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th August 2021 at 17:39

I love that poem, Linma. A Shropshire Lad.

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