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Civic pride   Comments: 16
Photo: Rev David Long   Item #: 30498  
Civic pride

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  Not the weeds, of course, they would never have been allowed... but the pre-1974 labelling of a simple gulley cover with the name of the local Council.  

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Comments by John D, 6th May 2018  
Strictly speaking, the name of the council was Standish with Langtree UDC but there's not enough room for its full title.
I've no doubt gulley cover is the correct description but I think most Wiganers referred to them as grids.

Comments by Poet, 6th May 2018  
A thing you don't see these days are roadside gutters. Great for sailing lolly sticks down .

Comments by Joseph, 6th May 2018  
We called those a grid.

Comments by DTease, 6th May 2018  
Things were much better when every town had their own Council.
If you had a problem you just went to your local Council Office and reported it. The Council had a small crew of workmen who would tackle the problem as soon as they could.
Trying to get anything done now is a nightmare of endless bureaucracy.

Comments by Alan, 6th May 2018  
Because Wigan Council have a very big area to cover than the little UDC did.

Comments by Helen of Troy, 7th May 2018  
Is bigger always better Alan ?

Comments by DTease, 7th May 2018  
The Joiner for Aspull Urban District Council was based at "The One House" on Haigh Road. All he had to get round to the jobs he had to do in the town was a handcart! No expensive van for that poor lad!

Comments by Alan, 7th May 2018  
No not all the time, but that's the point i'm making. Just like in-house working is much better than contractor..I've been there.

Comments by Jinksi., 7th May 2018  
Gypo's must have missed that one

Comments by Johnny, 7th May 2018  
It is Helen...so I was told by various girl-friends!!

Comments by DTease, 7th May 2018  
Johnny, who were they comparing you to?

Comments by Veronica, 7th May 2018  
You could guarantee if you dropped a key or in my case an ear-ring it would fall in a grid! I wonder hom many items of jewellery landed up in those grids.

Comments by Brian B, 7th May 2018  
Veronica, I had a friend whose uncle drove a "gulley sucker" and they always went down with a scoop prior to using the suction hose!!!! We got a lot of free "pops"

Comments by Veronica, 7th May 2018  
I remember well all the 'pops' that went down the grids Brian. It's a wonder we weren't disease ridden playing near them. I bet loads of strange things were found in them.

Comments by Veronica, 7th May 2018  
Just an afterthought. I recall those 'grids' were called 'soughs' or 'suffs' when I played in the 'cart road'!

Comments by TD,., 9th May 2018  
Thank you Rev David, your photo brings back fond memories and the sound of a very familiar voice... Eat up your crusts child or we will have to put a ring around your neck, to stop you falling down the grids.

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