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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 13th May, 2023)

Now and Then


Now and Then
Now - looking right from the bottom of Makinson Arcade.
Then - looking the same way from the same position before the Galleries was built.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 13th May 2023 at 04:07

What a forlorn looking photo at the top… it’ll soon be forgotten though….
It won’t be remembered as much as the bottom one that’s for sure.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 13th May 2023 at 07:53

Another good before and after Dennis the earliest probably after 1984 with Diana’s favourite car the 1984?Ford Escort XR3 and a 1982 mk5 Cortina like the one I recently sold

Comment by: Garry on 13th May 2023 at 08:36

You all know by now which photo a prefer, the one with the friendly atmosphere of great shopping days at Wigan.

Comment by: Julie on 13th May 2023 at 08:48

All that i can say is that it is so very sad what has become of wigan and the world today!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 13th May 2023 at 09:24

Veronica is absolutely right.....the bottom scene will live in our memories forever, and the sooner we can forget the top one, the better. I had to go to The Linacre Centre for blood tests yesterday due to this dreadful problem with my hands and joints, and I could have wept when I saw the pile of rubble that was the brand-new "Galleries" only thirty years ago.

Comment by: Poet on 13th May 2023 at 11:25

Oranges , lemons , footballs in a bag , tins of syrup , Roll up , Roll up .
T shirts , tea towels , balloons and kites , spades , trowels , knickers , tights . LP Records , denims , cords , hats and gloves . They're two for a pound love ! Wicker baskets , dishes and cups , chicken and fishes . Roll up , Roll up .

Comment by: Julie on 13th May 2023 at 11:32

Hope you get better Irene sorry to hear you have been unwell with your hands and joints.

Comment by: Irene. Roberts on 13th May 2023 at 14:06

Thankyou Julie. xx

Comment by: Garry on 13th May 2023 at 14:16

I too hope you get sorted, Irene .
I am riggled with Arthritis in my arms, hands and have back problems. Coal bagging job has taken its toll. Sherry takes my mind off it.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 13th May 2023 at 14:33

Thankyou Garry. xx

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th May 2023 at 15:06

I remember buying a cooked chicken from a stall/shop on the corner facing British Home Stores. On the bus on the way home I had a heart-stopping moment when I thought I'd had an 'accident' - I'd put the chicken in a string bag and the fat had seeped out in my lap - not a good thing to happen when you're wearing a mini skirt!
Hope you're soon better Irene. I can sympathise to some extent - my hands wouldn't look out of place in a Alfred Hitchcock horror film!!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 13th May 2023 at 16:00

Funnily enough, Pat McC, we have just had a ride out to the garden centre for two tomato plants and they leaked water onto my skirt in the car, so I know how you felt! I remember those chicken/fish shops opposite the back doors of BHS.....one was called Shacklady's. We have lost so many little homely, friendly shops where customers were "regulars" and were known by name. Thanks so much for your good wishes. xx

Comment by: Marky on 13th May 2023 at 16:36

May God Bless you Garry . A memory that has always stayed in my mind since childhood is that of our coal-man delivering coal even in the most freezing bleakest weather . I hope your sherry keeps you warm Garry because people like you kept us warm when we needed warmth. I will happily send you a bottle of sherry myself , even though I no longer live in Wigan . Enjoy your sherry Garry , you deserve the finest !

Comment by: Edna on 13th May 2023 at 21:28

Bottom photo please.Bygone days.Its a shame.Garry, my dad had a strenuous job,and he used to say." Hard work never killed anyone, it just made them a funny shape." Have a sherry for me too.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th May 2023 at 04:18

The smell of the fish shop above all is something you couldn’t forget either!
Sorry for all who suffer from arthritis in this damp country of ours. My mam had a permanent green wrist because of the copper bracelet she wore and swore by. I hope some sunny weather alleviates it for you both Irene and Garry. It’s a curse no doubt about it.

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