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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 24th December, 2023)

Boer War Statue


Boer War Statue
Mesnes Park.

Photo: John Carter  (Canon 90D)
Views: 1,401

Comment by: Alan P on 24th December 2023 at 00:06

Looks ghostly !

Comment by: Derek Platt on 24th December 2023 at 05:02

Makes me think of levitation, spooky eh?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th December 2023 at 07:26

What a striking but sombre image John.
Immediately made me think of the men in the trenches of war. Cold, dark & wet. War is hopeless, no one truly wins & the world never learns.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 24th December 2023 at 07:31

This is the ghost of ‘Boer War Past’.
Nice one Alan.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th December 2023 at 09:13

I agree Helen..the futility of war which still goes on and on….and it’s the civilians that suffer the most in today’s wars.
The statue looks reproachful to me.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 24th December 2023 at 09:19

Sorry, meant say nice one John!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th December 2023 at 09:20

It reminds me of Marley's Ghost in "Scrooge", which I am looking forward to watching at 11.30....I look forward to that film every year. I remember the original soldier statue in Wigan Park in the 1950s (I seem to remember he held either a rifle or a flag)....my Dad always used to read the inscription on the plinth out loud when we came out of the cafe, whilst little Irene used to "roly-poly" down the grassy slopes by the side of the steps in the sunshine.

Comment by: Poet on 24th December 2023 at 09:32

Another nocturnal gem of a picture . You make creative and imaginative pictures John . Keep em coming .

Comment by: Poet p.s. on 24th December 2023 at 09:35

Aye , the safest place to be in modern warfare is in the army .

Comment by: Veronica on 24th December 2023 at 11:17

What’s the betting this one will appear on
t’ other site?
I don’t go on that much but I’ll take a leaf out of Irene’s book and say where it comes from.

Comment by: John on 24th December 2023 at 11:53

How would one find this other site?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th December 2023 at 12:22

It's the Wigan Nostalgia site on facebook, John.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th December 2023 at 13:06

My brother in California looks in at the site you mentioned Irene. He has lived in the US since the 1960's but keeps an interest in Wigan.

Comment by: Arthur on 24th December 2023 at 13:08

Very nice photo.

Comment by: John on 24th December 2023 at 14:33

Thanks Irene, I've just had look and you have to join up to see what's going on so I don't think I will be bothering

Comment by: Veronica on 24th December 2023 at 15:08

Sounds a bit like the three Kings asking the way… ‘’how would one find the stable with the child’’?.
Sorry it is Christmas Eve and the Kings are a bit early but that’s why they were late..they couldn’t find the way because the star was covered by clouds ..;o))

Comment by: Cyril on 24th December 2023 at 16:04

That's a good and different from the norm photo John.

Irene, I couldn't remember, though it was a revolver and a flag the soldier statue held, see photo by Dave Green from Album: https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=4673&gallery=Mesnes+Park&page=2

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