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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 11th March, 2023)

A Last Goodbye

A Last Goodbye
Goodbye old friend. I, for one, will miss you.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 1,698

Comment by: Sue on 11th March 2023 at 06:28

Hi, I haven’t lived in Wigan for a long time now and that photo brought back lots of lovely memories , I can even remember the distinctive aroma that surrounded the stall.
Was that also the stall that sold the creamy Lancashire cheese ? Best cheese in the world.

Comment by: PeterP on 11th March 2023 at 07:22

Sad end to another era

Comment by: Linma on 11th March 2023 at 08:10

Redmans is in Preston market hall Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th March 2023 at 08:29

So sad to see Redman's Stall go, and Thankyou, Dennis, for taking the photo. I'm sure most people know this, but for anyone who doesn't there is a film on Youtube showing the last days of trading in the OLD Market Hall over 30 years ago, showing the stalls and interviewing the stall holders we all knew so well. Just type in "Wigan Market Hall The Final Days". I am lucky enough to have it on dvd and it is brilliant to look back on.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th March 2023 at 09:12

“The last nail in the coffin”. Is there such a shop as a Butchers outside the market? Apart from Tesco that is with its pre packed meat. It’s as if Wiganers are being starved out of the town..a very sad day indeed. It’s what most people went in the market for to buy fresh food. Is it just Redman’s that’s leaving. Older people more than likely will miss that stall.

Comment by: Julie on 11th March 2023 at 09:16

Dennis may i ask is it closing and why! it has been trading many many years it is so sad. My grandparents in the60s and70s when they was alive they used to go there every week and buy various foods from redmans.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th March 2023 at 10:19

Sue, no that wasn't Redman's that sold the Creamy Lancashire. That was The Cheese Cabin and it is still there. I have bought Creamy Lancashire from many places, including "Specialist" Cheese Shops, but NONE taste like the Creamy Lancashire from The Cheese Cabin in Wigan Market Hall. The future of all the remaining stalls is so uncertain at the moment but I don't think I will ever find a cheese to beat that one.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 11th March 2023 at 10:56

Redmans Red Leicester was the best ever . I can still remember the taste.

Comment by: PeterP on 11th March 2023 at 11:00

Julie it closes today. There are various reasons why it is closing .The pandemic the cost of living and no footfall to the market in general compounded by the Galleries demolition are some of the factors for its closure.

Comment by: Tom on 11th March 2023 at 11:36

Cheese cabin is relatively new to some of the market hall stalls, I remember Redmans selling best butter and tasty Lancashire cheese cut from a big block.

Comment by: Broady on 11th March 2023 at 12:45

I could be wrong but Redman’s will have bought all their cheeses from a supplier. If so the cheese should still be available.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th March 2023 at 14:06

There was a Cheese Cabin in the Old Market Hall when I was a girl and that's a long time ago! Perhaps it's a different "Cheese Cabin" now but it was certainly called by that name back then. I can still see the man who ran it in my mind's eye with his white grocery overall on. I remember buying Peanut Butter from there when I was only young ; It was quite a new thing then, (well, in our house anyway!). As for Redman's Stall, I will miss buying bacon ribs from there.....sometimes I roasted them in the oven and sometimes I used them to make pea-soup in the slow cooker. It will be much-missed. Glad we've got such a good photo to look back on, thanks to Dennis.

Comment by: John Gaskell on 11th March 2023 at 14:12

I live in Portsmouth now, but I lived in Wigan for 43 years. It is sad to see the market hall being vandalised in the name of progress or so the planners say. The same thing is happening where I live. Portsmouth was a thriving town, but it is now a ghost town full of student accommodation. Another 2 streets of shops and the general Post office is being pulled down to make way for more students.

Comment by: Verynice on 11th March 2023 at 14:28

Exactly Broady, the same goes for butchers, they all get their stock from registered suppliers.

Comment by: Pat McC on 11th March 2023 at 15:56

Sorry to hear of Redmans closing. I mentioned on PAD a few years ago that I'd gone to Redmans to buy rindless back bacon - actually asked for backless bacon (newly married and clueless!). I too remember the two men who ran the Cheese Cabin - always helpful and very knowledgeable about their cheeses. The only place I can get Lancashire cheese now is Tesco and definitely not the same as the crumbly Lancashire of the Cheese Cabin.

Comment by: Brian on 11th March 2023 at 16:00

This picture must be at least 2 weeks old as , all the equiptment as been moved and the area is vacant, but I still appreciate it and as so many say it is a very sad site now in the Market Hall

Comment by: Pw on 11th March 2023 at 16:38

My wife buys stuff from this stall,black peas for one.Will have to look elsewhere.

Comment by: Irene Roberts. on 11th March 2023 at 18:00

It's 6 o'clock and going dark and The Market Hall will be closed. Redman's stall will be empty and silent. End of an era.

Comment by: John on 11th March 2023 at 18:26

Is the iron post there to stop ram raiding wheelchair users doing a smash and grab of their amazing creamy Lancashire.

Comment by: Jembo on 11th March 2023 at 20:52

Great Butter Pies!

Comment by: Maureen on 12th March 2023 at 13:51

Jembo...I just love butter pies,they're my favourite.

Comment by: Vernacular on 12th March 2023 at 21:08

Them butter pies'll give you a cute angina.

Comment by: rt on 13th March 2023 at 02:23

there isn,t anything cute about angina

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