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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 7th November, 2022)

The Old Concrete Place

The Old Concrete Place
Wallgate, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 7th November 2022 at 06:58

Some say a blot on the landscape. Some may say a modern twist on our industrial past. Has it closed down yet?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th November 2022 at 07:22

My brother, a camera buff all his life says ....There are enough ugly
places & people in this World so I try & look for the beauty....
Still, I suppose you have to take the rough with the smooth & see it as it is as Mick does.....

Comment by: Tom on 7th November 2022 at 08:26

Is this still open? Sure I read something a while ago about it shutting down

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 7th November 2022 at 08:48

Let's hope Wigan council don't destroy this iconic industrial building now that the firm has closed down.
It could be made into something that would put Wigan on the map, like what they have done to the old drilling platform in Western Super Mare, they are calling theirs, The Hanging Gardens of Western Super Mare.

Comment by: MikeW on 7th November 2022 at 09:10

Why would Wigan council want to destroy it?
It's not their property.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th November 2022 at 09:26

Mick, I have Googled the Hanging Gardens of Weston Super Mare....in Wigan ? ?
Weston has got its work cut out to make that rig into a thing of beauty...and its got the south west coast climate which is probably much warmer & sunnier than Wallgate.

Comment by: Poet on 7th November 2022 at 09:49

I find the industrial scenery in films like ' Saturday Night and Sunday Morning ' , ' Room at the Top ' , ' This Sporting Life ' etc , really quite beautiful . Grim and bleak but meaningful . All in the eye of the beholder I suppose .

Comment by: DTease on 7th November 2022 at 10:45

Why don’t we go all the way and open up the old Gasworks down Darlington street to the tourist trade?
They would be coming by the coach-load to see that! After that they could take a stroll up King Street and revel in the lovely sights up there.
And, if they fancy a bit of greenery they could take a walk up the Duggy beyond Greenough Street and count the Tesco trolleys in the River.
My minds racing now! When it comes to Grot Spots Wigan has an abundance.
All we have to do is advertise and the world will make a bee-line for good old Wigan and Mick’s concrete yard!……not.

Comment by: Tom on 7th November 2022 at 11:13

Micks got a good idea, making this into something similar to the one down south.
Just needs the top platform extending, then plant trees and also have a waterfall, and creeping veronica climbing up its legs.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 7th November 2022 at 12:33

Hey up .......

Comment by: shannon on 7th November 2022 at 12:43

good idea dtease and few more they go is Crooke coal tipper railline and m6 bridge Shevvy they could watch lorries going passed and mick garden and roundabouts on Rector Lane and they can go up and them down then twice me and mick goin pitures tomorrow

Comment by: Veronica on 7th November 2022 at 13:53

Hey up! from me too DDastardly … I think we are on the same wavelength…

Comment by: Peter Kay on 7th November 2022 at 17:48

Is this were Wiganers would queue up thinking there was a Pi-o-neer.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th November 2022 at 17:57

It will certainly be a better outlook for those on trains passing by or when stopped at the North West Station if or when it is demolished.

Comment by: Ray on 7th November 2022 at 19:31

I think this concrete plant is on Queen Street, rather than Wallgate.

Comment by: Tom on 7th November 2022 at 21:38

Peter Kay nearest pies will be Baldy Pies in Clayton St.
Couldn't believe it on tonight's BBC world news, they made an announcement that you are going to start trying to be a comedian again.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 7th November 2022 at 21:43

You're correct, Ray. It's on Queen Street.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 7th November 2022 at 22:05

It is still open and making ready mixed concrete.


Comment by: Peter Kay on 8th November 2022 at 15:06

Yes you can certainly believe it Tom, though I've never been away from comedy as you can still be a popular comedian away from the limelight, especially when doing the functions I love doing.

Tom why not come along to the AO Arena and you can bring along Dick, Syd and Henry too, get in touch and I'll arrange complimentary tickets, I'll get you up on stage and introduce you, we'll be glad to see you all.

Comment by: Keith Laird on 12th November 2022 at 21:20

Peter, you never gave me complimentary tickets.

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