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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 14th November, 2022)

Rat Run

Rat Run
Almost impossible to walk around town, this part of the maze led to a side door to B&M.

Photo: Brian  (Sony DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Wigan Mick on 14th November 2022 at 06:55

That rat run would come in to be very handy if B&M ever caught fire and the customers needed to get out in a hurry.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th November 2022 at 07:54

I wouldn’t fancy living next door to B&M if thats where they are going to build ‘apartments’…

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 14th November 2022 at 10:24

If that alley is to stay as an alley way & not gated off at night it might well become a place where there could be anti social goings on. As Veronica says, who would want to live overlooking an alley, especially of the flats are going to cost a bob or two....or three !

Comment by: DTease on 14th November 2022 at 10:36

That’s the answer Brian! I’ve seen the future and it’s a huge Maze where the Galleries used to be.
They could charge a fiver each to enter and, if you’re lucky and reach the centre, you”ll find the last remaining Public Toilet in Wigan!
Mind you, you’ll have to be careful where you put your feet down ‘Cos not everybody is going to get to the centre in time are they?

Comment by: Syd Smith on 14th November 2022 at 11:03

I'm with Mick on this one, it would be a fire escape route.
So its well done to Wigan council for keeping it open, after all we Wiganers wouldn't want a dead end end full of people like they've just experienced in Seoul.

Comment by: David on 14th November 2022 at 11:29

No funding for the redevelopment phase of the Galleries 25 project is in place. The only funding for the project that has been secured is for the demolition phase. The planning conditions state that all funding should be secured before demolition begins.


Comment by: DTease on 14th November 2022 at 12:22

I’m sure we are all pleased to know that Mick and Syd are as one.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th November 2022 at 12:53

Syd you could always put your name down for you and Mick to live next door to one another in the ‘Apartments’…

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th November 2022 at 15:09

When I was little and asked my Dad where something was , he uses to say "Up a nick i' Russia". and the above alleyway is just what I imagined it to look like!

Comment by: Cyril on 14th November 2022 at 18:04

I haven't heard that saying for some years Irene, I can recall that there were other witty sayings like that too, but I can't remember them, also there was a witty reply to the 'up a nick in Russia' - with 'down a ? in ?' I'm sure it wasn't a rude reply, just comical as were the other witty sayings.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 14th November 2022 at 19:19

It wouldn’t have been
“ Down a petty in Portugal “
would it Cyril ?

Comment by: . Ozy . on 14th November 2022 at 19:24

Blimey , there’s a turn up for the book .
It isn’t very often that my comments get published .
Someone obviously took their eye off the ball .
I’ll have to make a note of this one in my diary .

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 14th November 2022 at 19:58

Where Brian has taken the pic is a dead end, but builders can't put hoarding onto B&M building I know from previous experience that youths use this for all the wrong reasons.

Comment by: DTease on 14th November 2022 at 20:48

Or "Down a drain in Dublin"

Comment by: Cyril on 15th November 2022 at 11:04

Good replies and could be used, but neither has got me remembering the quote, though I suppose anything down and anywhere in the world could be quoted. Petty is another word I haven't heard in a while Ozy, though it was in widespread use at one time, and teachers always seemed bemused as to why the class would erupt in giggles whenever they called someone petty.

Dave, I can't place where this 'dead end' is in Wigan centre it's been that long ago since I went, (when it was still worthwhile going) nor could I direct anyone to B&M Bargains if asked, the only one I know of is at Marus Bridge.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th November 2022 at 13:39

Cyril it’s on the side of the old British Homestores nearby was Elisabeth Lastic’s Haberdashery in the ginnel/ passageway leading from Standishgate.

Comment by: Cyril on 15th November 2022 at 21:58

I thought that alley had been blocked off Veronica, when they built the part of The Galleries where you went up a slope from off Standishgate wasn't the building joined on to BHS.?

I've just had a look on Google street view and it is where I'd thought, but it does seem to be part of the Galleries unless they are leaving that bit for the time being. Cheers Veronica.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th November 2022 at 17:24

The passageway was blocked off Cyril. It would have been behind Brian taking the picture. But you have got me thinking now! ;o))

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