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Mel Riss   Comments: 11
Photo: Sharon Hallam   Item #: 29181  
Mel Riss
  This is a picture of my dad Mel Ris (aka Harold Winstanley). Born in Scholes in February 1931, trained by the great Billy Riley at Whelley Gym  

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Comments by Ragman, 20th March 2017  
Ben Flower...??

Comments by paulw, 20th March 2017  
Sharon what a great photo of your dad,he was a great laugh and I have fond memories of our visits to your family on Alma Hill Upholland with my mum and dad Cyril and Irene.
Hope you are well.

Comments by GW., 21st March 2017  
Great photo Sharon. Your dad looks a real character. Can't help but note old Wigan has had it's share of fine athletes over the years.

Comments by AB, 21st March 2017  
Harold was a" Platt Laner" a lively character, a good footballer too. He mated about with Albert Blan in his teens

Comments by Albert., 21st March 2017  
I do believe Albert was a younger brother of Jackie, and Billy Blan, they played, I believe for Wigan R.L.F.C., Billy 1940s, and 50s.

Comments by AB, 21st March 2017  
Albert, he was, and he was tall whilst Harold was small, An odd pairing. Harold once took me to Rileys gym, I was 14 and Once was enough, coconut matting and skin burns everywhere,

Comments by Albert., 22nd March 2017  
Hi Ab. A few of us, Wigan Borough officers used Billy Riley's Gym, in Whelley. Ted Knipe, Jock Scott, Freddie Dyke, Aubrey Fairclough, Alan Cotton, plus a few others. The professionals would throw me around like a rag doll, but it certainly helped your confidence, when you were in a battle royal.

Comments by AB, 22nd March 2017  
Sharon,iss Harolds sister Hilda still about? Albert You are in the 50's era, my Scholes days were the 40's Gwyn Lotte and Ken Marsh

Comments by Albert., 22nd March 2017  
AB. Knew the two mentioned officers' well. They were still serving in the late fifties, when I joined, early 1958, after demob from the R.A.F.

Comments by geoff lyon, 30th April 2017  
used to go to there shop on alma hill when it was a chippy in around 1963

Comments by Richard, 6th March 2018  rjanderson19@hotmail.com 
I remember Harry as being a keen single figure handicap golfer at Dean Wood. A real character.

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