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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 26th May, 2022)

Mesnes Park

Mesnes Park
Work progressing on the fountain.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 1,946

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th May 2022 at 07:35

That is such a nice image, a bit of Wigan thats recognisable. Takes me back to the days of ice cream wafers & rolling coloured hardboiled eggs down the slopes, pure nostalgia. Thank Dennis.

Comment by: PeterP on 26th May 2022 at 08:04

Once the fountain is back maybe the council will erect some form of barrier to stop the feral kids climbing all over the fountain and damaging it.

Comment by: Edna on 26th May 2022 at 08:13

This is a lovely bright sunny photo Dennis, on this miserable cold wet May day.Its put me in z better mood already, thank you!

Comment by: Ticsmon on 26th May 2022 at 08:40

Doubt if a fence would make much difference. It would just make it more of a challenge for them.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th May 2022 at 08:41

That's one of the nicest photos of the park I've seen....I like the leaves hanging down in the foreground, and the cafe in the distance. I can remember going in that cafe as a small child with my parents; it had a "1920s" feel to it, something I gradually realised as I grew up, although I couldn't have put it into words back then; I just sensed something "special" about it. You could sit upstairs in those days and my Mam and Dad would have a cup of tea and I used to eye up the milkshakes, which were a shilling. I can recall my Mam saying, "Ee, Bob, it's dear", and my Dad saying, "It'll do 'er good, milk". In the end I usually chose a glass of fizzy Vimto with a blob of ice-cream in it. The cafe still retains that 1920s feel today. The statue of the soldier outside was the original one back then and my Dad always used to read the inscription out loud when we came out of the cafe, whilst I rolled over and over down those grassy slopes by the side of the steps as thousands of Wigan children have done since. There is a timelessness about Wigan Park, as if some things have stood still through the years, watching us grow old. "There are places I'll remember all my life", sang The Beatles, and they were right.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th May 2022 at 08:53

I prefer the scene without the fountain it’s a lovely picturesque image… a Wigan Park classic..

Comment by: Brendell on 26th May 2022 at 09:26

Oh for those lazy crazy days of the summer of our youth. I was just thinking of all the park cafe's in the world that I have seen I don't think I have ever seen better, I loved going upstairs too, but good to see some outside space being used.

Comment by: Joan on 26th May 2022 at 10:34

Our Jimmy said the fountains been refurbished in a place in Rufford, he knows one of the lads who worked on it.
Hes was told last week that it just be back up and running sometime this week, all ready for the Queens jubilee.

Comment by: Dave on 26th May 2022 at 13:07

I agree Irene . That song often comes to mind with a lot of posts on WW .
Thank you Dennis , you captured this shot beautifully . Well Done .

Comment by: peebee on 26th May 2022 at 16:01

Good idea Peter, and they could add some razor wire and a few land mines as well

Comment by: Cyril on 26th May 2022 at 16:18

Dennis, excellent photo of which Irene lovingly describes as a timeless scene. Have you noticed the man behind the purple Rhododendron it looks as though he's got a bottle above him with water pouring onto his head? Maybe it's just a trick of light - but quite funny, even the man sat on the bench looks to be thinking so too.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 26th May 2022 at 16:25

You’re right Cyril, it does look like a bottle over his head. I never noticed that. Really funny.

Comment by: James Hanson on 26th May 2022 at 18:25

Regular visitors to Mesnes park will know that the man who appears to have a bottle above him with water pouring onto his head, will know that what you are actually seeing is a information sign telling you all about the man in the park

Comment by: Cyril on 27th May 2022 at 00:14

Man? I can see at least 15 men?
And yes James I do know you're on about the statue of Frank Powell. ;¬)
Has I see it, it was by chance which makes it good fun that Dennis took the photo just at the time the man was walking where he was, which gives the illusion of water pouring onto his head from a bottle seemingly in mid air, and could well win a prize in a comical photo competition.

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