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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 26th February, 2023)

Chomp Chomp

Chomp Chomp
The machine monsters are eating the Galleries alive!

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 26th February 2023 at 00:07

The concrete has hardly set and now demolishing that’s not on Dennis.

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2023 at 05:57

Waste of money from the beginning, just look at that lovely brickwork. And when you see and hear families living in damp, cold and green mold conditions, the Council money should be spent on poor housing properties, its shocking. Priorities matter.

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2023 at 06:09

Spelling correction, Mould and not mold. Before you all jump on the bandwagon. Too much sherry down the hatch.

Comment by: Maureen on 26th February 2023 at 07:57

It seems like they're ripping the heart out of Wigan.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th February 2023 at 08:32

I get the impression some of the buildings are being left and developed into apartments…perhaps using the facades. But who knows!? At least at the moment there’s a cut through to Makinsons Arcade.

Comment by: Town Crier on 26th February 2023 at 09:16

Twenty to One . And All is not Well !

Comment by: freddie on 26th February 2023 at 09:21

not very green is it to knock down recent buildings

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 26th February 2023 at 09:22

I got a job at Boots the Chemists when my daughter stared High School in 1992. The shop was then on Market Street and backed onto the new Market Square. I remember walking round the market during my first dinner hour on a beautiful September day admiring the almost-new Galleries buildings, the colourful hanging baskets and the many shoppers round the bustling market stalls, and feeling so proud to be a part of it all. I can't believe that 30 years later I am looking at this photo.

Comment by: Roy on 26th February 2023 at 09:57

I notice that a local firm are probably making a lot of money out of the Galleries sad demise with their large skips.

Comment by: Alan on 26th February 2023 at 11:17

Garry it's only certain people who pull other people up about spelling mistakes.

Comment by: PeterP on 26th February 2023 at 11:24

I wonder what happened to the lighting and hanging clock which adorned the galleries?

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 26th February 2023 at 11:32

Just imagine the uproar if they knocked Dukes Row down and built a block of flats (apartments)

Comment by: Veronica on 26th February 2023 at 12:00

Anybody can see when it’s a genuine mistake Garry .. I make them myself..spell check doesn’t help when it changes what is typed.

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2023 at 12:57

Thank you Veronica hope you have a nice day.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th February 2023 at 15:03

Garry, it doesn't matter how a word is spelled we all know what the writer means, anyway mold is the original English way of spelling the word.

You would think they would incorporate the market clock tower in the new builds too, it's like an iconic landmark.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th February 2023 at 12:45

Peter, I remember when The Galleries arcade was opened the said clock had, I think, a Whittingham chime which did work for a number of months because folks commented on it, and after that was then quiet, was the clock chime broken or was it turned off for some reason, if broken I'm sure it would have still been under a guarantee so could have been repaired. Whatever, the clock wouldn't have been cheap to buy so I agree if it has to go then it could be recycled and used elsewhere, and not just discarded into a skip, though if what's been said and the interiors of the buildings have already been cleared of fixtures and fittings then its fate will probably remain undisclosed, unless a previous plan by someone to use it elsewhere comes to fruition or that it appears for sale on eBay?

Comment by: Mr T on 30th March 2023 at 06:43

Just money talking here, perfectly good and well thought out architecture the Galleries was, topped off by the lovely Princess Di opening it. I'm yet to hear anyone argue for this new replacement. In another 20 years, the G Arcade will probably suffer the same fate. Money talking again, the merry go round carrys on, demolish and build. .. Disgusting I say

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