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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 15th October, 2021)

The World Famous Wigan Pier

The World Famous Wigan Pier

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 15th October 2021 at 13:42

Nice living there I think not. Main road to the front and rat infested water to the rear

Comment by: Barbara Mulvey on 15th October 2021 at 13:58

Ive always know about the World Famous Wigan Pier Mick but even though I was born and bred in Wigan, Ive never visited the pier.
I know its on the canal but can you tell me exactly where about it is, because I feel like I should go and have a look.

Comment by: Rainh on 15th October 2021 at 14:58

DTease posted same picture ( 30649) but with snow . Excellent poems by Poet and PG on that one .Thank you for posting Mick , as with the many you and others have posted previously . You keep WW alive .
As a note , in other areas , this scene would be high blocks of flats , so count yourself lucky .

Comment by: Mick on 15th October 2021 at 17:40

Rainh some bushes grown in the last three years blocking the pier view now.
I was looking out for our Irene commenting on this photo, because I have some information that she might be very interested in.

Comment by: Rainh on 15th October 2021 at 18:14

It’s the detail that matters Mick , which is disappearing fast ! Thanks to you and others , we can each keep hold and remember things .

Comment by: James Hanson on 15th October 2021 at 19:57

Actually, the truth is, that's not 'the World famous Wigan Pier'.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th October 2021 at 21:18

Thankyou, Mick, for calling me "Our Irene" I like that, and wonder what the information is? I once did a picture of this scene in pen-and-ink for a friend. I know what James means about it not being the "real" Wigan Pier....the real Wigan Pier was actually a coal -tippler by the side of the canal. I went to Wigan Pier in Victorian Costume with my children when their classes from Abram School went in the 1980s ...I remember sitting in our backyard one sunny afternoon and crocheting a shawl to wear at the event, and wearing it the following day, (crochet grows very quickly!). I also remember when Robert Opie's museum of Consumer Goods opened there ....I visited it twice, but apparently Robert Opie didn't like the way it had been set out; personally, I thought it was wonderful.

Comment by: James Hanson on 15th October 2021 at 21:41

The 'real' Wigan pier was situated roughly where B&Q now stands, not far from the end of Seven Stars Road,near the railway line.

Comment by: Mick on 15th October 2021 at 22:19

I agree with James thats where the pier was, and that where you can still see a petrified tree trunk that was pushed from the pier before it went onto the coal barge.

Comment by: Karen on 16th October 2021 at 08:25

Rainh,why should we think ourselves remotely lucky when blocks of flats are planned for the town centre after the demolition of the Market Hall and Galleries ????? Get real

Comment by: Rainh on 16th October 2021 at 10:54

You should get out to London some day , flats are flying up everywhere , in town centres, side streets, anywhere they can fit them in . A Borough in London is only the same as a place like Wigan. It's YOU who should get real. Wigan is so far behind the times, no wonder they talk about the gap between the North and South. I was born on a Council Estate in Wigan so I have seen both first hand.

Comment by: Mick on 16th October 2021 at 11:58

Rainh, a lot of Wiganers dont get out and abouts so much so they havent a clue whats going on, thats why they dont want the old market hall closing even if nobody is using for there shopping.
All the old buildings in Manchester are now being turned into flats like they have done in London.
BTW where about in London do you stay, reason I ask is me and the missis are thinking of moving down there ourselves

Comment by: Veronica on 16th October 2021 at 14:56

When you think of the tall flats that were condemned in Worsley Mesnes and other property built in the sixties and seventies around Scholes it does seem ludicrous to rebuild flats again. I hate the thought of more being built in place of the Market Hall it's ridiculous when it was only built such a short time ago. Even if more buildings are going to go up there's still a need for shops to buy foodstuff. They could make the Market into one big supermarket and Market combined - Instead of having to travel to Robin Park - that's another disaster on the doorstep!

Comment by: Karen on 16th October 2021 at 17:16

Exactly Veronica.Also Rainh you know nothing about me, or where I grew up,so I suggest you don't make such sweeping statements.I also travel extensively....just saying

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