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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 19th December, 2023)

The Light Fantastic


The Light Fantastic
Not the jolliest photo perhaps but I found how the light works in this picture fascinating.
St.Wilfrid's of course.


Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
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Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 19th December 2023 at 00:10

Painting with light Poet, painting with light.

Comment by: Eddie Rowland on 19th December 2023 at 00:38

Every time I see photos of standish it always takes me back to the early sixties the girl friends I had back then,one in question was a girl called maria simm she lived next door to Simms funerals on Preston Road standish.

Comment by: Alan P on 19th December 2023 at 01:43

Artistic photo. Well done.

Comment by: Dave on 19th December 2023 at 07:20

Some say the loss of the big tree that fell in the storm has improved the view .

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th December 2023 at 07:26

I like your Light Fantastic Poet. The wife of James
& his daughter Alice might like the fact you picked their headstone out. I always think if a name in a churchyard etc is seen or read, that person has been remembered by someone.

Comment by: PeterP on 19th December 2023 at 07:56

Very atmospheric and even with death people can still show their respect for the person's who are no longer with us.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th December 2023 at 08:36

Thanks Poet for the picture, you don't get shots like this when all the leaves are on the trees.
During the Covid Lockdown I used to walk through the graveyard on a daily basis taking a rest on a bench enjoying the peace and quite.
I remember texting my cousin to say that while sitting on the bench had met a 'Lady Friend' who I used to talk to for half an hour or so but that she didn't say much if anything! She was quite shocked until I told her that the lady friend died in 1847!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by: Veronica on 19th December 2023 at 08:39

I agree Helen I too like to read the names on old headstones I find them fascinating. They had lives once as we have. I imagine the stones as they’re projected in that photo as people queuing up and awaiting the grand finale. Trumpets sounding of course!.

Comment by: Kath H on 19th December 2023 at 09:47

Eddie Rowland. I couldn’t believe it when I read Maria Simm. Maria is my best friend and has been for the past 60 years. I will be seeing her on Christmas Eve and will mention your name to her.
She is now and has been for the past 55 years Maria Taylor and still lives in Standish.

Comment by: Roy on 19th December 2023 at 10:22

Nice one Dave, as per usual i knew whose photo it was before i saw your 'name'. The inventor or crosswords is buried near there, if you enter the churchyard via the Lychgates, not the pub, the actual gates, then turn left he is at 5 across, 3 down.

Comment by: James Hanson on 19th December 2023 at 10:53

Would that be Edmund Rowland, once of Wigan Road, Pip's dad?

Comment by: Eddie Rowland on 19th December 2023 at 12:08

James Hanson, yes I am pips dad.

Comment by: Darren on 19th December 2023 at 12:16

"As you are now, so once was I and as I am now so you shall be"

Comment by: Cyril on 19th December 2023 at 13:02

Superb atmospheric photo Poet, it would be a good place to sit and read Charles Dickens.

So, she leaning on her husband’s arm, they turned homeward by a rosy path which the gracious sun struck out for them in its setting. And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death. And O what a bright old song it is, that O ’tis love, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round! ~ Our Mutual Friend.

“Death doesn’t change us more than life.” ~ The Old Curiosity Shop.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th December 2023 at 13:03

Perhaps one of the most famous people to have been laid to rest in St Wilfred's Graveyard is that of Opera Singer, Dame Eva Turner. She was born in Oldham but had family connection in Standish.
She died in London on 16 June 1990 at ninety-eight years. The funeral took place two weeks later at Golders Green Crematorium and her ashes were deposited in the family grave at Standish in her native Lancashire.
The great and the good of the operatic and theatrical world were (I understand) in attendance in the graveyard.
Please Google her name for more information on her remarkable career.

Comment by: Arthur on 19th December 2023 at 14:33

They have lived a live.

Comment by: Eddie Rowland on 19th December 2023 at 14:41

Kath H.
Thanks for your post,it's good to hear that Maria is doing fine and still living in Standish.
Maria new my wife of 55 years she lived in school Lane, her name was hilda Lowe she passed away in
2020.

Comment by: Bill on 19th December 2023 at 17:19

Did Maria Simm have a brother Stan Simm?

Comment by: Kath H on 19th December 2023 at 18:18

Bill- yes Maria does have a brother Stan. I will see him on Christmas Eve as well.

Comment by: Johnny on 19th December 2023 at 18:47

Did Maria Simm have a sister called Ann ?

Comment by: James Hanson on 19th December 2023 at 20:39

Eddie, you know me very well. Sorry to hear about Hilda.

Back to St.Wilfrids, let's not forget, the church is in Standish parish, Chorley deanery, in the diocese of Blackburn.
It's only Wigan connection is through the title of the local authority.

Comment by: Pat McC on 19th December 2023 at 21:39

Darren, this quotation is on my uncle's gravestone and I must say it makes me very uneasy when I see it. A bit creepy.

Comment by: Bill on 20th December 2023 at 09:01

Kath H,thank you for that and great that Stan is still around.We are both in our 80’s now and He was my boss at Marley Concrete in the early 60’s.
He used to give me a lift back to Wigan in his Morris minor.

Comment by: Bill on 22nd December 2023 at 16:13

Kath H,thank you for that and great that Stan is still around.We are both in our 80’s now and He was my boss at Marley Concrete in the early 60’s.
He used to give me a lift back to Wigan in his Morris minor.

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