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Paul Lyon from London

Comments: I used to live in Shevvy. Went to Millbrook, Shevvy High and then Winstanley before going to Lancaster University. I now live in London and work as an accountant.

I miss: What I miss: - Greenalgh's steak and kidney pies, Friday nights round town, cheap beer, people that smile (they don't do that a lot down here!)


Bob Talbot from Scotland

Comments: Born in Springfield, went to Beech Hill Primary and Grammar School. Now retired and living in Scotland. Brother to Wigan's best but least known poet.

I miss: UJMB's (now available in Sainsbury's!) Westheads curly aniseed rock. The Market Hall and Little Arcade and the cobbled Market Place. What replaced them is a monstrosity. Joe Greenwood's shop. Gregory's pies. Mitchin off from school to watch Bridget Bardot at the Pavilion(?). Frankie Howerd at the Hippodrome. Hot summers and lazy days at Bellingham.


William Arthur Lyons from London

Comments: I was born and raised in Scholes within cheering sound of Central Park (alas now gone!) Later I lived in Worsley Mesnes, and after that Highfield. I left Wigan in 1977. I am now basking in retirement after many years in the NHS. It's all down here in London and my partner and I enjoy many and varied things including 'free stuff' at the Royal Academy of Music, lectures at the Royal Institution and at the various universities - and the theatres and pubs are good!

I miss: I only miss things fron way back - the old Wigan Public Library (with that big old fireplace in the entrance that was saved from Thicknesse Hall- was it Jacobean or earlier?- and the Children's Library. I used to sit on a huge round boulder (where the swimming pool is now) opposite the Children's Library on Saturday mornings, waiting for it to open. (Does anyone else remember that boulder?) I miss the old Market Hall although its replacement is not bad.


Frederick Wright from Belfast

Comments: New Springs and Abram. Worked at Wigan Junction Colliery,Harbin's in Gollborn,and The British Homes Stores

I miss: pies,old market,old arcades,the market inn,central park,mesnes park,empress ballroom, ritz, court, county and princess cinemas.the working mans clubs which also included british leagions, and labour clubs.But most important - the PEOPLE.!!!


Margaret Hegan (Nee Dawson) from Stevenage

Comments: I was born in Wigan but am now retired and living in Hertfordshire. I arrived here via Yorkshire, Singapore and Northern Ireland. I went to Beech Hill Primary School (I lived at 2 Laburnum Grove) and then to the Girls High School. After leaving school I worked in the Central Library in Rodney Steet.

I miss: Coltsfoot Rock. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Wigan Rugby League (we don't even get match reports in most of the Southern edition newspapers) But most of all "Pie-Eaters" I think we are unique!!


Sheila Robinson (Byrne) from Lincolnshire

Comments: I used to live in Shevington. Worked at R.C.C. (Goose Green) and Carrington & Dewhurst (Eccleston). Went to St Maries Standish and Wigan Convent of Notre Dame. Now widowed and living in a small village near Market Rasen. I qualified as a teacher and worked mainly in Kent. 64 years old and still very fit and active in all aspects of village life. Have a sister and brother in Crook and Shevvy. Love to "talk" to someone from the past.

I miss: Lancashire hot pot.


John Baxter from Andover

Comments: Used to live in Up Holland. Now a teacher in Andover, Hampshire.

I miss: I miss the 'Old' arcade. I used to think it was like an Aladdin's cave.


Edna Smith from Leigh

Comments: I used to live in the Manley hotel on Ince Green Lane during 1950's and went to Britannia Bridge school

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Julie Nee Sharrock from Scotland

Comments: I used to live in Springfield. Living in Scotland at present. With husband and 2 children. Thankyou to the boy from my old class who sent me the address!! I'll pass it on,to other ex Wiganers.

I miss: Of course Pies, Lancashire Cheese, Fish, Chips & mushy peas.(Yum ,Yum ) and dare I say it, yes I will I'm feeling BRAVE,) Merrydown Cider from the Bees Knees but only a little bit!! Oh and Pemps. most of all the people so full of character, down to earth, friendly & smiling.


Ronald White from Leyland

Comments: Born in Linney Terr. Moved to Leyland in 1950. When I left school I worked at "The Laxey Wheel Foundry until it was taken over by Pepper Mill. Now retired.

I miss: Pooles Pies. Central Park with the lads.Its not the same now.


Gwyn Parkinson from Kendal Cumbria

Comments: I was born in Enfield St Wigan and went to Highfield School.I left school in 1959.I now work for South Lakeland District Council as a Maintenance Surveyor.

I miss: I miss the social life of Wigan and of course the honest down to earth people.I miss the mill lasses,the miners the clatter of clogs down the street.Tha knows wat I meen lad.


david john fairhurst from newark on trent

Comments: I was born at Billinge Hospital in November 1944, lived at Back Lane, Wrightington, till I was 6, then moved to Shevington, till I was 22, then moved to Coppull, were I was first married. Married for 7 years, then divorced and remarried within six weeks, bit fast but there you are. Lived in Moore Lane Standish for 3-4 years, then moved down to Peterborough area in 1979, lived there for 7 years, then moved to Stamford Lincs;, where I lived for 8 years, I have 1 son Andrew, who is now 33, Angela who is 26, Tracey who is 21, I was divorced again. In 1994, remarried March 31 2002, now live in Nweark On Trent, and am very happy, I work as a night controller for a vehicle recovery firm. I have an aunt who lives in Pemberton whom we visit as often as we can, my brother Harry wife Dorothy and daughter Michelle live in Tarleton, my dad died in July last year, who we deeply miss, he lived in Euxton nr Leyland.

I miss: I miss meat and potato pies, and barmcakes, if I had a shop, and could import pies and b/cakes etc from Wigan I would believe make a fortune, as they cannot make anything to match them for love or money, the beer down here took a bit of getting used to I can tell you, if possible it would be so good to hame emails from someone back home and keep me abreast of the goings on in town, all the best to Latics who are storming towards the 1st Division, very heartwarming to see.


jim rainford from woodbridge, suffolk

Comments: I used to live at the bottom of Church St., Standish where my mother still lives. I left school(Up Holland) in 1962 and first moved to Coppull and then to Suffolk in 1987 where I am a Prison Officer.

I miss: Pies and beer, good examples, the south can be very different for those.


Frank Baynham from Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Comments: Grew up in Ashton, went to Ashton Grammar School, the Wigan Tech. School of Art. Compere at Wigan Folk Club, Park Hotel during 60s. Went overland to India in 1968. Worked as musician, entertainer, FE Lecturer. Now a tenant participation officer with Forest of Dean District Council.

I miss: Wigan RLFC mainly.


Bob Bootle from St.Albans, Herts

Comments: Born and lived at 6 Kirkless Lane. at the top of Belle Green Lane, Ince, then 34 Battersby Street. Left in 1960, to complete an engineering apprenticeship at the deHavilland Aircraft Company, Hatfield, Herts. Still working as a professional engineer at the now British Aerospace Stevenage site. Married with three grown kids and five grandchildren. All living nearby.

I miss: Enjoy nostalgic feelings for the rough and poor early years, roaming all around Higher Ince, Aspull, Haigh Hall and Hindley. Seem to be particularly fond of the canal views, where I learned to swim and to fish.


mick byrne from shevington

Comments: started work in the north sea on the offshore drilling rigs. transfered overseas for the next 20 years. came back to live in shevy and cant beleive how many times i say when asked hows your meal and i say ok, when its really crap. i wish someone would just make a lancashire hot pot or pea soup broth instead of jacket potatoe with beans or curry or even chillie con bloody carnie - nought to do with brian carnie wigan rugby player

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Paul Martin Matthews from Liverpool

Comments: Lived In Orrell Post and Shevington. Went to St James RC School and St Peters. Now a born Again Christian (no apologies!) and a Firefighter in Liverpool. Married with four children.

I miss: Pies from the pie shop in Broxton Avenue. Beer fro the Holts Arms in Billinge. Brass bands and old friends, like Paul Sharples, Paul Watkinson & Chris Roby


Clive Guillam Molyneux from Farnborough, Hants.

Comments: Hi I was actually born in Farnborough Hampshire but my father, Walter Guillam Molyneux, was born in the Wigan area as did all of his ancestors before him. He had a lot of fond memories of the town. Dr. W. G. (Guil) Molyneux BSc (Eng.), DSc, FRAeS, MBIS, C Eng. Born on 10th September 1922, Pemberton, Lancs. Educated at: Wigan Grammar School, 1934 - 1938 Wigan Mining & Technical Coll. 1938 - 1942 External Degree (London University) 2nd class honours B.Sc. (Eng.) Member of the British Interplanetary Soc. 1946 Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Soc. 1962 Chartered Engineer 1966 D.Sc. (Eng.) (London University) 1966 George Taylor of Australia prize 1979 Employment Details: Royal Aircraft Establishment MOD (PE) Farnborough 1942 -1969 Head of Research (Structures) Div. 1963 - 1969 DR/Air., MOD (PE) HQ. London, 1969 - 1975 Head of Structures Dept. R.A.E. Farnborough 1975 - 1982 Retired December 1982. President of the R.A.E. Staff Mess 1977-1981 Chairman of R.A.E Library Committee for several years up to 1982 Hobbies & Interests: Member of the Farnborough & R.A.E. Amateur Operatic Soc. joined the society in 1943 and its chairman from 1967 to 1982. Member of the R.A.E. Golf Soc. Member of REMAP - Building Equipment for the disabled. Engineering Research. Other Hobbies & Interests Bee Keeping, Bowling, Bridge, Golf, and Reading. My Father died on the 9th July 1997

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Brian Gorman from Chester

Comments: Writer / illustrator / film-maker. St Thomas More School 1975 to 1980. Moved to Chester 1991. My first book - the authorized biography of the Kilshaws (the internet baby couple) due out in September.

I miss: Pooles pies!! Pubs with atmosphere (The John Bull, Tippings, etc) Straight talking Wigan lasses!


joanne wray (aaron) from mancesther

Comments: i used to live in spring view near the school my last name is aaron i am married now we have 4 children we live in manchester now my family still live in wigan i have one brother called paul

I miss: i miss all my mates and going to wigan for a drink or two ha ha


Audrey Higson (now Lea) from North Wales

Comments: Attended JCS, Wigan Mining & Technical College, Library Street. 1944 to 1947.

I miss: All my old friends from school and would like to get in touch again.


John Ramsdale from Irlam

Comments: born in ince-in-makerfield.

I miss: pies + kids rugby league.


CHRISTINE ROGERS (Nee RUDD) from GLOUCESTER

Comments: I used to live in Ince. My mother and Father ran a greengrocers shop for many years. When I married I moved to Appley Bridge and later to Shropshire and Mid Wales. I now live in Gloucester with my husband John and I work for the Cheltenham & Gloucester Bank.

I miss: I miss Smales pork pies which I used to buy from the Market Hall and buying steak and kidney puddings from the corner chippy.


christine keeley - nee moss- nee clancy from wigan

Comments: I was born in 1943 - name Christine Clancy - primary school St. John's - Secondary School Pemberton Senior - first job - Gullick Ltd as secretary - married name the first time was Moss - second time Keeley - Development Officer at large GP Practice. Nice to hear from anyone who knows me.

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D Fisher from newcastle upon tyne

Comments: Brought up in Pemberton and Orrell went to St Cuthberts and St Thomas More moved to Newcastle in 1988/9 now a commercial lawyer

I miss: billy browns (pemberton) pies !


alf higham from torquay

Comments: lived poolstock, park rd. & standish have lived in torquay since 1976, enjoy the work i do, work for a wigan firm down here, otherwise i would have been back years ago. Hopefully returning back 2004 to standish, can't come soon enough.

I miss: my old mates, the pubs on wigan lane, and of course wigan rugby, but can't go back to central park. too old for the henpen anyway.


John Cooper from Bournemouth

Comments: Lived in Appley Bridge from age 5 to 20 attending Wood Vale C.P. (now called Shevington Vale), Shevington High and Winstanley College. I spent 7 years in Garswood before moving to Bournemouth.

I miss: Meat 'n' Potato pies mainly as you can't get them inth sarth. Being a fast runner I was always first to get one from the corner shop during lunch break at Shevvy High! I miss Douglas Valley and the canal, these southerners wouldn't believe how beautiful the coutryside is. It was a superb place to grow up and I don't let anyone belittle Wigan.


kathryn o'donnell from leigh lancs

Comments: i was born in scholes in the 62, moved to worsley mesnes in 1967. left wigan for leigh in 1991 . ive been back a few times , but the road systym isnt half confusing now!

I miss: cant really say theres much i miss. because im only 8 miles away i still get to get the same things.


James Horsfall from Yelverton

Comments: Hallgate

I miss: Latic's


eileen stirling from shrewsbury

Comments: Used to live in scholes, Hen street of bolton st. in the 50s also lived in whelley nr. Alexandra pub. I have done lots of thing for a living I am now retired I have three children, Spend a lot of time travelling in motor home. Enjoy being on the computer, gardening and enjoying life

I miss: Everything especially the people I love going back and seeing all the old places. and eating pies and of course a wet mixture from the chip shop!!!!


Roy Blackburn from Luton

Comments: My husband Roy (and myself) used to live in Delph Street, Wigan. He is now retired due to heart problems.

I miss: He says he misses pies


Doris (Brogan) Baxter from Wigan

Comments: used to live near Mary Bleakley nee Ashcroft in Wallgate. Were good friends Now live in kendal St Please contact WIL151041@aol.com. Now retired, married 2 grown up kids

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william victor guest from manchester

Comments: used to live in hill st off park rd moved in 1969 i have three children and iam in cusomer service

I miss: my youth


John Riley from Weymouth

Comments: I joined the Royal Navy and served for 23 years. I finaly settled with my family in Weymouth, Dorset.

I miss: Pies , beer and the people


BRIAN GANNON from WHITSTABLE,KENT

Comments: I used to live at 16 Kenyon Road before I moved to Tankerton, Whitstable. I moved there in 1965 to take up a teaching position at St. Vincent's. Previously I had taught at the St. John Fisher R.C. Sec Mod school for boys.

I miss: I miss the Pork pies and Black-puddings from Green's, the distinctive taste of Almond's Bitter, and the comradeship of old friends. My father was James Gannon the Town Hall Superintendent and Macebearer for many years.


helen armstrong (cummings) from newbiggin by the sea ,northumberland

Comments: i was brought up in scholes we lived in the flats at orchard house, i went to st marys primary school in standishgate then to st john fisher in beech hill. i used to live in the upside down houses but left wigan before they were pulled down, i miss home a lot and when i get a chance to come home i love gettin pudding chips and peas from bills chippy on the precint in scholes.

I miss: i also miss pools pies and my brother jimmy


Jean Stanley from Rochdale

Comments: Ex Abram until 1982. Shevington until 1987ish. Went to St John's CE primary school upto 1969. Took part in loads of walking days with the Congregational church then later, Bamfurlong Methodists.

I miss: Haven't been back since 2000. The town isn't how it was in my memory. The old market, pot fairs, the arcades. Didn't one of them have a cafe upstairs - Gorner's(?) Lived in Rochdale since 1989 but still very proud to be a Wiganer born and bred.


ELIZABETH MARGARET FINCH from WORCESTERSHIRE

Comments: I WAS MARGARET GREEN USED TO LIVE IN DICCONSON ST WEST WIGAN. NOW LIVE IN A LITTLE HAMLET CALLED BAUGHTON AS I AM GETTING ON IN YEARS BUT DONT FEEL IT. I JUST WONDERED IF THERE IS ANYONE AROUND THAT REMEMBERS ME, I WENT TO THE CONVENT OF NOTRE DAME. USED TO GO DANCING AT THE COURT HALL AND THE EMPRESS PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO MEET OLD FRIENDS AS I COME UP TO WIGAN NOW AND THEN

I miss: I MISS THE COMRADE-SHIP OF THE PEOPLE OF WIGAN THE SMILE AND HELLO


GARY SWINDELLS from WIGAN

Comments: I USED TO LIVE IN POOLSTOCK & NEWTOWN.IM A PAINTER & DECORATER FROM LEAVING SCHOOL.I MOVED TO MANCHESTER BECAUSE OF WORK IN 1986.I HAVE TO KIDS 13 & 8 IM 36 I USED TO GO TO WHELLY MIDDLE SCHOOL THEN MESNES HIGH(OLD GRAMMER SCHOOL).

I miss: I MISS ALL MY OLD FREINDS WHO I CANT FIND.I MISS WALKING TO MESNES HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH PETTICOAT LANE WHICH WAS AT THE SIDE OF THE OLD MARKET,I USED TO GO IN CASSANELLIS CAFE WHICH WAS ON THE CORNER OF PETTICOAT LANE AND PLAY ON PAC MAN SPACE INVADERS PUT ALL MY DINNER MONEY IN.ID LOVE TO WALK THROUGH OLD MARKET AGAIN USED TO NICK FRUIT FROM STALLS REMEMBER IT WELL THOSE DAYS HAVE GONE FOREVER BIT SAD.ALWAYS WENT TO CENTRAL PARK WATCH WIGAN I ALSO PLAYED AGAINST SHAUN EDWARDS AND KEITH HOLDEN THERE THEY GOT SIGNED UP SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS THE SCHOOLS FINAL WHELLEY V ST JOHN FISHER.ALL TAKE CARE PROUD TO BE A WIGANER.


Jane Marsden from Drumnadrochit Inverness-shire

Comments: Lived in Springfield, then Garswood, then on to Marus Bridge. Moved up to Scotland in 2001, Now running a small B&B on the shores of Loch Ness----No I've not seen the monster---(but my Husband tells the tourists he wakes up to it every morning)!!

I miss: Friends & Family, The Town Center, ASDA!----but not the traffic--is it still as bad?? Oh, and the Pies & Pasties mmmm


Mark Unsworth from Telford, Shropshire

Comments: I was born in Platt Bridge went to Holy Family school untill I was 6 moved to Springfield and went to Scared Heart School before moving to Marus Bridge and going to St Aidans, I went to John Fisher school in Beech Hill before my mother uprooted us to live in Wolverhampton for about 12 months before settling in Telford. I left Wigan on the 28th December 1976, I dreaded moving to a place where the locals all talked like Pigeons. Shropshire is better but I still return to Wigan about once or twice a year, but as some older members of my relations are dyeing off, there is becoming less reason to return. I know work as a breakdown controller for a truck and trailer rental company

I miss: Seems like I am no different to most Wiganers in exile. Theres nowt like a proper meat and potato pie and barm cakes. They just dont know how to make em any were else. Well done to the Latics for getting into Division 1, I always try to watch them when they play in the West Midlands or around, I am also very proud of my Wigan roots and still have a Wigan accent, except people in Wigan now reckon I talk posh. Your only really and truly a Wiganer once you have left the town because its only then that you truly understand what it means to be a Wiganer.


Tracy Keevil from Cardiff, South Wales

Comments: Lived on Darlngton St from about 1977 til 1992 when i moved to Cardiff to go to college. Met and married a welshman so stayed. Work for Admiral Car Insurance.

I miss: Way of life - much more laid back!! The pies and chippies - they don't serve puddings down here!!


Liz McLoughlin from St Ives Cornwall

Comments: I was Betty Hurst. Had sister, Dorothy, brother Lawrence. Went to Warrington Lane Junior School from 1945-50 then Girls' High School on Wigan Lane. We had a grocery shop on Darlington St for many many years {opposite McLandish cake shop}Now living in St Ives, Cornwall {as do my sister/brother} Have a son in Shevington and a daughter in Standish and a 19 year old son with me here. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me! {I am now 64...well almost!} I was a pianist for many years in various clubs {Labour/Conservative/Working Mens} and was the pianist at Wigan Little Theatre from 1979 - 1983.

I miss: Pies!!! Cream Cakes!!! The old Market Hall and Arcades. Cheap food and clothes. I used to go to the Empress Ballroom every Monday night when I was 16/17. Things aren't the same anymore! Good old days!


Audrey Cutter from Ely Cambridgeshire

Comments: I used to live down Leyland-Mill-Lane. Marylebone.which was on the way to Standish. I am a Carer. and I enjoy my work albeit Part-Time now. I used to attend Whelley Sec Mod.moved to Cambs in 1960. married.

I miss: I miss my school friends,from St Catherine's and Whelley-Sec-Mod, walks in the park,visits to the cinema etc.


David John Hitchen from Ryde Isle of Wight

Comments: I used to live in Old Road Ashton, but because I was a serving member of the RAF gradually moved away, only finally moving when my Parents both passed away, they are both buried at St Thomas's Church. I am now retired on health grounds (I was knocked down by a car in 1988 ) My memory was almost totally destroyed and I had to move to an Island. I certainly found a nice one !! I would love to hear from anyone who knew me or remembers me, even though I may not remember them. I would however like to find a girl that I was once lucky enough to be engaged to. I'm trying via the search section, so far with no luck

I miss: Wigan Rugby, thank god for "Sky". GOOD beer, Meat and Potato Pies, Wigan Market and Sheila Thomas ( The woman I'm looking for )


margaret thornton [nee lowe] from leamington spa

Comments: Born '41, lived in Woodhouse Lane, Springfield until I married '63 to Colin from Platt Bridge moved to L/Spa. Attended Sacred Heart School '45-52, Wigan Convent '52-'59. Retired teacher-originally trained for Home Economics foll. with degree for Special Needs. 2 children,boy 30 yrs, girl 28 yrs.

I miss: losing contact with old neighbours & some friends from school, seeing family more often. Easy access to genealogy material. Mr. Tickle in The Wiend, Arcades & Shops/market for textile/sundries choices. The way people treat each other. Biggest regret losing touch with my bridesmaid from 40 yrs ago- Carol Day from Springfield Rd


colin kelly from poulton le fylde

Comments: goose green untill 13 moved to marsh green untill 1967 then went into the army untill 1992

I miss: the town and the rugby


Denise Loydell (nee ROWE) from Worthing, West Sussex

Comments: I used to live St Pauls Ave - went to St James infant & Junior school- then lived Swan Meadow Road - went to Girls High School - Now live on South Coast and been here for 22 Years. Have some very special memories of Casino All-nighter, Blutoes, Pemps, Bees Knees etc..... Used to work at Philip International Hairdressers - 1st in Park Road, then Grimes Arcade and then worked for Diana Louise on Mesnes Road. Now have complete career change and own and teach at a Nursery here in Worthing. Have 2 children 9 & 7 and very happily married - would love to hear from anyone who knows or remembers me

I miss: As family still live in Wigan - well Orrell now - I still get HOME and can savour the pies, Barm Cakes (they have no idea here down south !!!!!)and other such wonderful delicasies that Wigan has to offer. And there is no-where in the world that has such friendly people as Wigan.


Carlos Hughes from Swansea

Comments: I used to live in Highfield near Pemberton and though we moved out at the age of 11 I still consider myself a Wiganer, I'm now studying English and TEFL at the University of Wales in Swansea and in a few years time will be on a more exotic location on the map...

I miss: You notice the lack of pie shops around here, apart from that not much because it is a top place here...


John Norris from Newbury

Comments: Lived in Lamberhead Rd, Norley Hall from 1950 till the age of 19. Went to St. Cuthberts then John Rigby. Worked in the TSB for a couple years before it drove me mad.Went to Wigan Tech then went off to university.Enjoy teaching in Newbury, Berks. Happily divorced with two great stepsons and a fantastic daughter.

I miss: I have so many happy childhood memories of, the back field, Jessies,old Pemberton,the bottleneck, Queens Cinema on Saturday mornings.Central Park, St.Cuthberts Youth Club football team c 1966-8(we were the best).Happy family memories.Wigan Tech Student Club at Swinley. The Market?Pub.Missing the last bus home and walking home to Pemberton in the early hours. I do love Wigan and visit my mother three or four times a year.


Bill Whelan from London

Comments: Used to live at 408 Bickershaw Lane and joined Wigan Police in 1963 age 19 years. Is anyone from those days still around? I used to know every street in Wigan......It was off Greenough Street at the Scholes end. Now in London and Milan growing vines and olives. Maybe we can import meat and potato pies and a few Waterfields potato cakes. Only on a Saturday though as a treat!!!! Sites at www.bickershawchurch.com and www.bickershaw.homestead.com with some old photos. Link to us.

I miss: I miss everything about the old Wigan. Not so sure about the new though!!!


linden ashcroft from malvern

Comments: I lived in appley bridge from 1936 -72 I am now retired and would like to get in touch with anyone who knew me

I miss: people, there sense of humour and easy going attitude to life


gray shaunham from wigan

Comments: it is class here ive lived here all my life nothing wrong with wigan

I miss: the good things about wigan are the pies the pubs


Mark Heaton from Gravesend

Comments: I come from ashton went to nicol mere primary and then byrchall high from 83-88 moved to kent 8 months ago for love and work

I miss: I really miss grimshaws steak pies and the night life round ashton town centre they dont know how to live down here


christine denise bosson from stafford

Comments: I lived in Wigan over 30 years ago in the maiden name of Lucas. My family emigrated to Australia. My sister (patricia) still lives in Wigan so I am a regular visitor. I also have a brother named Peter who lives in St Annes in Blackpool. My mum & dad (doris & Wilf Lucas have now deceased

I miss: I always visit the chip shop for steak pudding & peas. I get myself a stock of Uncle Joe's mintballs


Jim Taylor from Wigan

Comments: Trying to get in touch with Terry and Vivian Halsall of Sydney, who are ex-Incers/Wiganers. Also John Alan and maragret Griffin also ex-Incers, living in Australia. Please get in touch with above e-mail address who will get back to you with my postal address. This is because I am not familiar with using e-mails/computers.Need to get together to write/talk about old times.

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john brian sharkey from Wigan

Comments: old address 4 penson st off wigan lane 1933 to 1959 aprox moved to australia 1971 retired

I miss: it's still home and lots of good memories ,mates


Mrs Audrey Cutter nee Hesketh from Ely Cambridgeshire

Comments: I lived down Leyland Mill Lane near the Malt Works in a big stone house. it used to be named Foundry Cottage, then my parents renamed it Eskwin Cottage. I have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

I miss: I miss meat & potato pies, vanillas,Uncle Joes mint balls, and school friends that I have'nt managed to trace so far.also the places I used to go to when I was a teenager in the 50s early 60s.


Thomas Heaton from Telford

Comments: Born and brought up in Caunce Street off Platt Lane, Scholes. Went to St.George's and Wigan Grammar Schools. Played Rugby League for Shamrock Rovers and Rugby Union for De Havilland's where I worked before moving to Shropshire to teach in 1966. Now retired. Former member of Wigan Rambling and Climbing and Wigan Mountaineering Clubs. Still climbing the hills in the Lakes, Wales and Scotland. Inspired to learn Welsh after many years pondering over the strange words on the board outside the Welsh Chapel in Greenough Street. Finished up teaching it at Telford College.

I miss: Pies and vanillas, Central Park, the plantations and the dialect.


marion campbell was green from leyland

Comments: i used to live at orrell.i moved to leyland 1962

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Dave Hitchen from Ryde Isle of Wight

Comments: I used to live at 7 Old Road, Ashton in the 50's and 60's whilst serving as a regular in the RAF. I now live in enforced retirement on the Isle of Wight and have done since 1988 when I was badly injured after being knocked down by a car on a "Pelican" crossing.

I miss: Wigan Rugby and Central Park (Thank god for Sky Sports!) Meat and Potato Pies and some of the most beautiful girls in the whole world (I should know as I've travelled the world extensively) I get sterilised milk here so I no longer miss It in my tea and coffee There are many ex-Wiganers in Ryde and on the Island


joseph graney from newport southwales

Comments: I used to live in aspull just past the moorgate stanmoor drive my friends still live there les westhead was a very good friend of mine sadly not with us no more

I miss: pies wiganers humour good rugby lots more


Alan hilton from Ffynnongroyw N/Wales

Comments: Born in lower Ince, [Delegarte st.] 1938. school St.mary's ce. then to Springview S.Mod then finished at Rosebridge s.m. I am now retired and live in Ffynnongroyw N/Wales' I used to work in the pit. Chanters colliery atherton.hgv. driver last 30years

I miss: I still call for meyt and prato from Heatons pies at Britannia bridge. I'm a wiganer thro & thro and aways will be,Gradely Folk.


Fred Mason from Wigton

Comments: Have lived in Canada for 25 years. Travelled to the US, Caribbean, Thailand, Hong Kong and all over Europe. Lived in East Anglia for a while and then in the highlands and now settled in Cumbria.

I miss: The pubs, the people and the pies. Walking through Dean Wood and Porters Wood in the Spring.


Alan Ashurst from Crewe

Comments: Born Orrell. Lived in Kitt Green, Wigan proper, Standish, Carlton(Blackpool), Chadderton (Near Oldham)and Crewe. Retired at end of August 2003

I miss: Big problem now no Poole's pies. Took neighbour (ex-Derbyshire) to help cart a bed from Bill Lythgoe (Bass Player & Big Wigan Rugby fan) but no pies at Charnley Arms so neighbour now takes p**s. However, good pies at Finnegan's bakery in Crewe


david halliwell from falmouth

Comments: i now live in cornwall where there arnt any pies!!!!

I miss: pies


Muriel Hutton from Skelmersdale, West lancashire

Comments: I used to live in Scholefield lane, Wigan. I was Muriel walsh and I attended St Catharines School in Scholefield Lane. I also went to Wigan Girls High School. I married at St Catharines Church. I now live in Skelmersdale and am married to Derek. I have three daughters, and four grandchildren. I am now retired.

I miss: I miss the old Wigan before multi story flats. When Scholes had the picture houses. Scholes Pictures and the Labour pictures the flea hole.


Margery Morris from Isle of Man

Comments: I used to live in Cale Lane, New Springs but moved to the Isle of Man in 1989. I am now retired, but used to work for Wigan Health Authority at Longshoot Health Centre before I moved to the Isle of Man

I miss: One of the things I miss is Greenhalgh's meat pies


helen armstrong (cummings) from newbiggin by the sea

Comments: i was brought up in orchard house in scholes i went to st marys rc school in standishgate then onto st john fisher in beech hill, i lived in scholes until i was 21 then due to personal reasons i had to leave.

I miss: i mainly miss family and the people down home but i must admit there is no place like wigan for pies and steak puddings


Roy Taylor from Bury

Comments: Born in Marsh Green, moved to Orrell aged 4, went to Lamberhead Green Secondary & then Upholland Grammar School. Went to Manchester University. Now retired - Emeritus Professor of Materials Science. Lived in Bury for 39 years - ever since I got married.

I miss: Going to watch Wigan R L. Dances at the Empress & Court Hall


IAN CLAPPISON from BOLTON

Comments: I MOVED FROM WIGAN IN 2001 TO BOLTON WERE I HAVE BEEN EVER SINCE!! SINCE MOVING FROM WIGAN I WORK FOR ONE OF THE UK BIGGEST PUBLISHING HOUSES AND I ALSO OWN MY OWN BUSINESS

I miss: PIE ON A BARM FOR BREAKFAST WITHOUT GETTING STAIRED AT.....!!!!!!!


Yvonne Cooper (Bourne) from Newmarket

Comments: Born in Wigan, lived at worsley mesnes and went to worsley mesnes primary school... then moved to Orrell and went to Holgate school for a very short time then went to Abram Guest High School (which I loved). Moved in 1982 to Sleepy suffolk. Kind of slowed down to suffolk pace. Married now Seperated and have 1 daughter.

I miss: I miss the people and the way people make you feel so welcome. I am very proud to be a wiganer and always will be. And yes the pies too.... I can remember a wonderful pie shop in Orrell dont know what is was called but often went there for our lunch. Never ever been able to find anything that tasted as good as those pies. And not to mention the chippies... please can someone come down south and show them how to cook good chips!!


joseph patrick graney from newport

Comments: aspull 1999 electrical engineer mines, civil engineering, iron foundry, service provider,in my early 50s.use to drink in the moorgate and running horses.

I miss: pies yes ,uncle joe,s mintballs,wigan humour and friendlyness


fanny from london

Comments: went to our ladys school in aspull, left aspull in early 60s....

I miss: miss my family and uncle joes mintballs....nowt else


STEPHEN JOHN KIRK from DEAL, KENT

Comments: Used to live in Pemberton, parents/brotherfriends still do. Still manage to visit 2/3 times a year. Attended St Matthews Highfield then Deanery High School. Left Wigan in 1975 when starting work. Currently working as a Manager for a High Street Bank.

I miss: Fish and Chips! they are awful down south.A pint of tetleys made with northern water! And of course Wigan Rugby and Football.


Susan Gerrard from Blackburn

Comments: I lived in a few places round wigan i moved in 2001 and im a mum

I miss: i just miss all my friends nad of course the pies


darren thompson from douglas isle of man

Comments: used to live in Springfield remember the 613 bus. Worked at J.K.S. plg merchants most my work life an went to Whitley high school B4 running Old Station Pub in appley bridge left wigan after marriage broke down, met someone new an started a fresh its great..

I miss: Miss pies oh yes and a lot of people but now have great life on the sunny isle of man..


JUDITH EYRE NEE POMFRET from LINCOLN

Comments: 1969-79 lived at shop in harvey lane golborne frequented the pubs in wigan the market hotel ,the john bull would like to get in touch with old friends' nickname JUDE

I miss: miss the great sense of humour the beer the people


Ronald Crane from Conwy

Comments: Used to live at 72,Martland Mill Lane.Worked at Eckersleys mills as electrician in the late 40s.Moved to wales in 1970 to be works manager at St Davids College.Llandudno.Now retired.

I miss: The wigan dialect and walks down the canal bank.I know it is lovely at Conwy but still come to visit relatives often.


Stuart Mark Lythgoe from Woking,Surrey

Comments: I used to live in Millers Lane,Platt Bridge.I moved two years ago, to a village called St.Johns in Woking,to be with my family.I am now working as a postman.In Wigan I worked for Dave Whelan at JJB Sports in the Galleries.I also spent seven years in the Army Cadet Force at Wigan Detachment in the T.A. Centre on Canal Street,I was the Detachment Commander.

I miss: My daughter misses Jasper my sisters pet dog.I miss the John Bull pub and Maximes Rock Night on a Friday evening.We also miss Edwardses meat and potato pies,and Haigh hall.


alan cannon from chippenham wilts

Comments: lived in abram may ave, went to abram school 1945/1951 then on to ashton sec. mod 1951/1955 in the choir abram 1950/53 ,boys brigade abram 1950 1953, wigan sea cadets 1954 1956

I miss: pies beer rugby


luchia costello from cornwall

Comments: lived in aspull....moved away 40 years ago..miss lots of things..the people...the walks we used to do..and my family.

I miss: .


Ann Confrey from Edinburgh

Comments: I grew up in Bryn, have two sons Daniel and Sean, worked for Wigan Council, and had part time jobs in quite a few pubs n clubs in the Wigan area. I left in 2001 to live in Edinburgh, but make it back every few months to see friends and family and keep up with the gossip

I miss: Rugby League and celebrating St Patricks night at Mad Jacks in Ashton. Hi Billy.


steve edmondson from kincardineshire, scotland

Comments: I"m from higher ince,and lived in battersby st;near the bush hotel. Lived in the north of scotland for a long cold time and i work as a helicopter avionic technician on the north sea fleet

I miss: oh yes yes yes pies.I"m fading away to nothing with all this healthy eating,fresh air and excercise.....please send red cross food parcells with meat and potato pie on top.


Louise Ascroft from Sunderland

Comments: I used to live in Pemnberton and attended the local schools and colleges. I moved to Sunderland to go to university. I am in my third year of a Business and Marketing degree and will hopefully graduate in summer and who knows where i will end up.

I miss: My friends the road systems you know the one way system past the pier and asda its great. The woods ands fields just off foundry lane. Walking day parades. Really just about everything.


JOHN PETERS from ESSEX

Comments: PEMBERTON/BILLINGE/MARUS BRIDGE AREA...MOVED AWAY 1971..

I miss: CASINO CLUB... RUGBY LEAGUE.. OLD MATES...


Neil Shepherd from Cirencester

Comments: Born in Hindley. Lived in Billinge Road, Pemberton until aged 10. Moved to Hindley and left at the age of 19 in 1984.

I miss: .


Paul Littler from Brentwood, Essex

Comments: Born in Garswood in 1956 spent most of my early years in Billinge, living in a cottage next to the conservative club whilst my mum and dad built a big white house in our garden which was finished in 1975. I went to school at St.Aidans and was in the first class to move to the new school behind London Fields. I went to Ashton in Makerfield Grammar and then went to university in Hull. I worked at Gullick Dobson for about 12 months before moving down Saaf. I live in Brentwood in Essex now working in the civil service.

I miss: I miss walking down the road and bumping into someone I knew from school and catching up on the gossip.


Pete Kay from Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Comments: Born in 1937 and lived in Poolstock Lane, Worsley Mesnes. Attended Wigan Grammar school and left to join RAF in 1953. Happily married, and now happily retired after 25 years in RAF and 15 years in Electronics industry.

I miss: Hollands pies, decent mushy peas, proper Lancashire cheese and the local accent


Kenneth Gaskell from Amersham.Bucks

Comments: I was born at Pemberton 24.6.1924.I attended Lamberhead Green Council School 1931 to 1938.Also lived Spring Rd and Latham Lane Kitt Green.Served in RAF 1942 to 1947.Moved South 1974 Employed by NCB as Directorof Road Transport.I retired 1984.

I miss: Yes I do miss the meat and potato pies.I miss many of the faces I recall from my youth and school days.Also the society that did not live with the hoolgansm and attrocious manners so common today


John Francis Kelly from Westhoughton

Comments: Born: 71 Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge. 30.11.45. Dad: John Kelly, was a miner at the Maypole. Related to Tracy family. His mother lived next door at No 69. Left: 14th Nov 1952 & moved to Bolton, to get dad away from the pit after a bad accident. A coal cutter fell over on him...!

I miss: Open doors and being able to talk or visit anyone. Everyone knew everyone.


Wallace Price from Portchester, Hampshire

Comments: Born in Neville St. Platt Bridge, went to St,Nats.was in Boys Brigade left area in 1959 joining army after which went in the Police for 31yrs. married Hilda Lomax, Kingsdown Rd. Abram 1962

I miss: the language, pies, Bodega and all the lads I grew up with in Platt Whaz. where are you all, I want to know what you all did and how you got on cheers Wallace Price


george orrell from wigan

Comments: hi i have lived in wigan all my life came from pemberton then near the brocket have always loved wigan thats me.went to st johns in early 50's then thomas linacre

I miss: as i live in wigan i don't miss a thing love the beer pies and wigan rugby


Louise May Ascroft from Sunderland

Comments: Hey yall I moved to sunderland to go to uni. I graduate this year with an expected 2:1 and fell in love what else is there to say

I miss: not al lot


Tony Rudd from Reading

Comments: left Wigan at the age of 17 (1986), moved on a number of occassions throughout the UK and Germany etc. Been trying to contact John Gallagher from Perth, but unable to. Married Gill from Wigan and have three children.

I miss: Family and friends.


Terry Wilding from Glendale, Isle of Skye

Comments: Born in Springfield. Went to Springview School then worked at Leyland Motors for 25 years Lived at 148 Manchester Rd Higher Ince . Parents chip shop , so plenty of chips and pies. Remarried in 82 and moved from Coppull to Great Eccleston. Left to come to Skye and opened the Glendale Toy Museum in 87 . Sadly burnt down to the ground in 2002 but now back in business and better than ever.see www.toy-museum.co.uk

I miss: Mum and brother still live in Springfield, so miss both. Really miss Lancashire cheese but I still cook 1st class chips.


Peter Kay from Hitchin

Comments: Born and brought up in Poolstock Lane, Worsley Mesnes. Went to WGS which I left to join RAF in 1953 (aged 16). Left RAF in 1977 and worked as a Technical Author (Electronics). Now happily retired, living in Hitchin, Hertfordshire,with my family.

I miss: Wigan Rugby League. Hollands Pies, Decent, crumbly, tart Lancashire cheese, from Mark Williams.


Robert Bentham from newport (S Wales)

Comments: lived in springfield went to st Andrews school left 50 yrs ago

I miss: my grandads stories and clogs


stephen cain from stirling in scotland

Comments: i livedat 5 crommock drive for 9 years were i lived wit mu mum and dad. in 1995 my mum ann dide most of crommoc loved her now at 15 i liv in scotland wit my dad and step mum liz

I miss: my nan and grandad and meat pies


linda Murphy from Southampton

Comments: I.m originally from Australia, but lived in Ashton in Makerfield/Wigan (Winstanley) for 15 years and went to Cansfield high (82-88), been away 10 years now

I miss: missing rugby, pies, and going out on the razz with friends


Steve Wright from Brighton

Comments: All over Wigan, mate.

I miss: Greenhagh's pies, Diane Greenalgh (the human, not the pie), brutal honesty, emotion.


Steve Perks from Montrose NE Scotland

Comments: I lived in Golborne for many years and was very fond of Wigan. I played in many bands in the area including 5th Gear, Talk of the Town and Kenny Weathers and the Emotions. 5th Gear used to blow all their wages in the Santibag after the gig. I relocated to Scotland a couple of years ago to re-marry. It was great to see the photos in the galleries, made me feel homesick!

I miss: Santibag. Uncle Joes Mint Balls. King St at 2am on Saturday morning. Hollands pies. The accent.


david barker from garstang

Comments: i used to live in cowburn st just off castle hill road down the side of the royal hotel, i moved to garstang about 13 years ago.i am currently employed by lancaster university as a general operative.

I miss: certainly miss the wigan pies and a lot of my old mates from the hindley area. also my drinking friends from the hart common hotel on the outskirts of westhoughton.


Sheila Lucas from Port Sunlight, Wirral

Comments: Lived in Redwood Avenue Orrell until 1976 when I got married, moved to Garswood until 1987 when I moved to the Wirral. Have two daughters. Went to Lamberhead Green primary school and then Abraham Guest County Secondary school.

I miss: the people, Wigan accent and pies.


lorraine brown from southampton

Comments: i used to live at springfield road in wigan, but moved to southampton in 1949. I have been trying to find any pictures that may help my reminisence but sadly cant. if anyone has any pictures, news clippings etc, that they could mail to me i would be extremely grateful.

I miss: .


james o'beirne from haywards heath

Comments: Standish, Winstanley,

I miss: The PIER on a wednesday night


Mavis Stout from Stockport

Comments: I lived in Wigan since bein a nipper. That were ooh 70 odd year ago now. I did everything in Wigan. When i broke me leg i walked bout stick on wigan pier etc etc. I'm proud to be a wiganer.

I miss: R.E.S.P.E.C.T everyone had respect for their elders not like the youngens of today. Prater pies, collecting coal with a dolls pram on wigan pier, the "hot totty" on' rugby field,basically wigan itself.


vivien wilding from wigan

Comments: i lived in wigan and still live in wigan, i am a cleaner and went to pemberton girls school. i still live were my mum and dad brought me up, even though my mum and dad are nolonger with me.

I miss: i miss all my pals from pemberton girls school and would like to get in touch with them again.


Jayne Bond from Bournemouth

Comments: Used to live in Orrell. I am now a teacher down south.

I miss: Real Wigan pies!


H E Bullough from hampton/richmond

Comments: lamberhead / pemberton / worsley hall. retired / disabled - worked trawlers / ships / british rail as soon as I got going everything finished (was it me?) St. Johns and scot lane schools-redwood / long wall I climbed then!

I miss: pies / mushy peas / spam-fritters- hot vimto at towd womans. My first love Christine Halliwell-and my first valentine's card, then more pies and proper fish wi mushy peas ant t'closet int back.


Norman Prior from Chadderton,Oldham, Lancashire

Comments: No2 Croft Cottages, Brynhall,Bamfurlong,Nr Wigan. Worked at Bryn Hall Colliery in the Fitting Shop from 1934-1939 when I was Called Up into The Militia for 6 months Training in The Lancashire Fusilier.The War broke out on 3rd September 1939 and I went to France with The BEF and Evacuated from Dunkirk on 31st May 1940.after return to England, we changed from Infantry to Tanks and after training went out to N.Africa,Italy,Lebanon,Syria Palestine etc before being demobbed in 1946.Before going abroad I married in Middleton, Manchester. In 1946 I joined an Engineering Company in Middleton Junction as a Fitter. Worked overseas for that Company,then beacame Manager and Director. I retired after 38 years at age 65. In addition to previous information,I am a long Serving Member of The Manchester & District Branch of the 1940 Dunkirk Veterans Association.President of The Branch since February 1979 to the present day plus being Branch Secretary. Visited France yearly for the Annual Pilgrimage. until 2001.Was Parade Marshall and in 2000 Deputy Parades Officer.

I miss: Members of my family still live in Wigan and visit often


Judith Bennett-Baggs (nee Holgate) from Radlett Hertfordshire

Comments: I grew up in Norley Hall, went to Thomas More, trained as a nurse at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary 1974 to 1977. Moved south in 1978 work as a credit controller now for a group of sports magazines based in central London. I am married with two children both at university

I miss: I still get up to Wigan as my family are still there so I am able to buy Uncle Joes, I have introduced many a southener and foreigner to the best mint in the world. I get to see Latics play at quite of few of their away matches and am looking forward to them being promoted this year, as they deserve it.


karen winstanley from windermere

Comments: i lived in hindley with mum&dad anne&brian went to st benedicts school

I miss: i miss the accent i love it


Alan Aindow from Campbeltown, Scotland

Comments: Born and bred in Appley Waz, grewup messin around Standish n Shevvy too. Only moved away in 2003 to have a less stressful job. Now work as a Medical nurse in what can only be described as a cupboard of a hospital. Still got family and freind in and around wigan n visit when I can.

I miss: The people in general, nobody funnier in all the country than Wiganers. Also miss Twiss pies, me mam's lobbies and me dad's chips wit'eg. Arguaments about rugby (league not the other rubbish), tryin to get a taxi on sunday mornin at 3 o'clock on Kings Street.


Joyce Summers from Maidstone

Comments: I moved away many moons ago. I lived in Plank Lane and we moved to Sudbury in Middlesex when I was 5 in 1938. I am trying to find anyone who lived there at the same time - our name was Tattum. I am now retired and my main interest for the last 36 years has been Rottweilers, as a breeder and trainer, etc. I judged Crufts on Sunday 13th March - a great honour.Have also been a singer, and love drawing. Anyone out there know anything about us in Plank Lane. My mother was Martha Ellen Smith, and she died in 1946 aged 48. All the best to everyone.

I miss: Can't remember much, but know my father went fishing and it was the countryside. My father worked as a coal miner, I think at the Bickershaw Colliery, he knew Tom Burke the opera singer, when young, and my mother's sister lived in the cottages opposite the Colliery.


Edward McMahon from Shepperton Middlesex

Comments: I used to live in Shevington and went to shevington school in Miles lane I am retired now but was a Joiner

I miss: I do miss the meat and potato Pies and Mushy peas also smacks


horace lappage from pemberton wigan

Comments: I am now 89yrs old.does anyone remember our family.we had the OFF LICENSE on enfield street

I miss: .


Brian Wright from St Annes. Lancs.

Comments: Born in and lived Worsley Mesnes. Family moved to Appley Bridge and then Blackpool when I was very young. (Still wartime). Had many relatives in Wigan but usually stayed with grandparents who lived in Swinley and I visited them each Summer during schooldays. Liked the area and knew it well. Now retired, after being in UK hospital technical sales.

I miss: Haven't visited for a few years now. Early happy memories include going to the cinemas. Think I did the full round! I remember seeing 'Casablanca' at the 'Empire' when first released. (And that tells you it was back in the Ice Age!) The Old Arcade should have had a preservation order put on it. Sadly missed as far as I am concerned.


Cyril Cowen from Sutton-u-Brailes Nr Banbury

Comments: Born in Hallgate. Lived Church House Bishopgate and Rectory Lodge. Father verger of Wigan Parish Church for 60 yrs+. AttendedWigan Tech. Battery Captain in TA at Drill Hall. Played many parts with Hindley A Operatic, St John's Operatic and Wigan A Operatic, 1952-1963. Played Emille de Beque in South Pacific at the Ritz. Parish Church choir 1939 - 1950. Sister Elsie still lives in St Clements Rd. I moved to Banbury in 1963. Retired in 1994.

I miss: The friendship of Wigan folk. I would love to get in contact with anyone who remembers me from the Operatic or TA days. And I DO miss the pies AND the tripe And Greenall Whitley Bitter.


Graham Abram from Cambridge

Comments: Hodges street

I miss: .


Tom Winstanley from Cardiff

Comments: Born and brought up in Whelley. St Stephen's, All Saints Boys Sec.Mod and Wigan Grammar. Left for Cardiff in 1972 and still here. Brother John now a French national! Mum still in Whelley. Still get back to see Mum and love every minute of being home - even after all these years!!

I miss: Meat & Potato pies, the OLD town and walks along the canal at Haigh/Red Rock.


michelle from Nottingham

Comments: I used to live in wigan, I am a born and bred pie eater! And I am proud of it. I used to go to Scott lane primary school in the 80's and then i went to pemberton community high school then i went to abraham guest high school. I miss them times in wigan. Lucky for me my mum still lives in abram, so I get the chance to visit my old haunts, one of which is Central Park, oh how I miss that place so much. take care all of you wiganers!!!!!!

I miss:


Tony Critchley from Newquay Cornwall

Comments: Hello folks, moved away from Wigan January 77. Used to live in Goose Green, my old school was the Deanery. Now i am currently working at RAF St Mawgan ,looking after the Seakings.

I miss: Things i miss from Wigan Eh! Loved going the swimming baths Sat... mornings,Golfing at Haigh hall, walking along the canal,Watching the Latics (non leauge team then)and least but not last Friday nights on the town Plutos, John bull, etc :-)


Betty Cowen neť Molyneux from Hook Norton, Oxon

Comments: Used to live in Platt Bridge; attended HAGS in 1940s. Was in Hindley Operatic Society. Lived in Wigan after marriage; moved to Oxfordshire in 1963. Was teacher, now retired. Would love to hear from any old friends out there - e-mail via daughter Christine (also born in Wigan!)

I miss: Saturday night dances at the Court Hall (showin' me age now!)


grannie annie from wigan

Comments: still live in scholes

I miss:


COLIN HOWARTH from DETLING,KENT

Comments: up until 1971 I lived in Chimes rd Bryn went to St Peters, also lived in Durham st Whelley, moved to Co Durham, Tyneside, Northumberland, High Wycombe and now Kent where my Wife & I have a pub/restaurant.

I miss: going back recently and so much has gone. Also Lancashire cheese, Bury (the one and only) black pudding


kev parker from mevagissey cornwall

Comments: born on worsley hall in 56. went to st cuthberts and tommy more.now living in cornwall driving a truck so do get close to wigan (asda depot).now and again.now married with 3 sprogs.living in a fishing village.been down here 21years.they say after 25 yrs you are a local no way always a wiganer.

I miss: haigh hall the plantations.the town centre the rugby and the latics.and loads of mates.best of luck to every wiganer no matter where you are. DONT FORGET THERE IS ONLY ONE WIGAN.


philip hilton from stevenage

Comments: i used to live in orrell and moved away in 2004 and i work as a lift engineer

I miss: pies definately


Alan James Fitchett (Ashurst) from Stourport-on severn

Comments: Elenor Street wallgate Self employed consultant Dr,of Education

I miss: The People Central park The old market The old shunting sheds next to the station The cakes and pies from the shop on the left next to the railway bridge entering Wigan town center Brass band Sundays Wigan park with my grandpapy,the odd pint again with my grandpapy in the serven stars,white smiths,et al


Peter H Kay from Hitchin

Comments: Left Wigan in 1953, aged 16, Joined the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice, directly from Wigan Grammar School. Lived in Poolstock Lane, Worsley Mesnes. I do return occasionaly to see my brother who still lives in Wigan. Would love to hear from any school mates etc who remember me.

I miss: Holland's pies. Decent, localy made Black Pudding and Lancashire cheese. The last time I bought decent Lancashire was in Chester of all places.


Graham Hart from WESTHOUGHTON

Comments: from Lower Ince Nr Wigan,moved to Hindley Green and then Westhoughton (am now a cowyead)have 2 kids,Sharon 36 and Stuart 25,have 3 grandkids,Mums still living age 81,Dad died 4 years ago,have mi own business in Wigan still working but i enjoy it really.

I miss:


john woodcock from essex colchester

Comments: Lived in Ince(manley st)St Williams primary school, John Rigby Grammar then 6th form college, left in 1976, moved to Manchester then london. Now a psychotherapist in Colchester. Re visited a year ago, things had had changed, "mucky duck" really is now a cess pit!

I miss: Uncle Joe's mint Balls and nut brittle on a saturday night from Johny Tindall's , Central Park, fishing in the canal, jumping the bi? wash, the little jungle (those of you from Ince aged 45+ will know what I'm talking about!) Miss real black pudding!


gary fishwick from falkirk

Comments: i used to live in spring view moved up to scotland about 5yrs ago.married to linzie.no kids yet and im working for the local health authority as a nurse

I miss: i miss chips.peas.gravy.seeing old friends and proper pork pies the ones with jelly on the top.


Dr. J. Michael Baron from Eastry, Sandwich, Kent.

Comments: Born Pemberton 1938. Lived in Hornby Street, Wigan (1945-48) and in Wigan Road, Standish (1958-64).Related to Baron Butchers in The Market Hall. Variously, lab. technician;life assurance sales; university visiting lecturer (space sciences). Now retired; researching the Baron families in Wigan.

I miss: Information from related persons in Wigan; Meat & potato pies & Lancashire Hotpot; the rain (gladly); distant views of hills (Pennines).


Asif Majeed from London

Comments: I used to live at 19 Penshaw Avenue, Hawkley Hall, Wigan, WN3 5NG. I went to Worsley Mesnes Primary, and Hawkley Hall School. And Whitley High between 1984-1987. I am currently running my own Software Consultancy in London

I miss: I miss my mates during my 15 years in Wigan, The friendliness of the local folk. And The chip shops, Pies! And playing football nearly every day!


Donna Sharpe from Leatherhead, Surrey

Comments: I lived in Goose Green for five years and moved up into Ashton. Also spent a lot of time in good ol shevvy with family. Moved 4 years ago dawn saaf and its just not the same! Currently working in finance *yuk*

I miss: The wigan folk! Also miss Greenalghs (southerners havent a clue how to make a good meat pie)The chippy on gerard street in Ashton too - chips n gravy - YUM!


Nicola Dowbekin from St Helens

Comments: Even though I haven't moved very far away I still miss it. As a youngster my mum and dad had the Springfield Hotel until 1979 then they had the Ball & Boot for 2 years before coming out of the pub business to move to Shevington. I moved to St Helens in 1992 when IO met my now ex husband and I have been there ever since. I still work in Wigan at Wrightington Hospital and even though I probably wont ever move back to WIGAN because my 2 children are settled where they are, I will ALWAYS ALWAYS be a Wigan lass. All my family still live in Wigan and i'm always popping up there to see them. I have fond memories of all the customers etc that came in to pubs on a regular basis as do my sisters Maxine and Suzanne and my brother Stephen. I think that the old saying says it all, "YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF WIGAN, BUT YOU CANT TAKE WIGAN OUT OF THE GIRL"

I miss: Things I miss from Wigan are the people, the nights out on a Saturday night and a good pie. Pimbletts pies just don't taste the same.


Maisy S Richardson from Yorkshire

Comments: I moved from shevington too north yorkshire almost six years ago now, and although it is much more scenic in the countryside (what with the sheep, cows and horses) theirs nothing like good old wigan lol. I used to attend Kingsway school, then i had to move from Wigan centre to shevington, so i attended Milbrook primary in shevington, then wen't on too Shevington high school.

I miss: i miss definatly pies, you cannot buy nice pies in york.i also miss the people, people seem much more friendly in wigan, not only that but they seem to have an abundance of history about them.


derek hulme ,yorky, from rochdale

Comments: i lived @159 ormskirk rd newtown wigan iused to go to mesnes high school next to the tec.i left wigan in 1975 i was known as yorky. i have my own buisnes in professional sports ground maintainence,a few of my best mates where?guss,gareth gregory,jacko,ste bentham,wayne causey

I miss: i was a teenager at the time,miss going into the old markets and arcades,A,B,C.cafe under the casino in school time,


Geoff Partington from Morley, Yorkshire

Comments: Born Chapel Green, Hindley 1951. Lived Atherton Rd, Hindley Green from 56 to 66. Married to lovely Yorkshire lass.

I miss: Rugby - it's a pain travelling over the M62 on a Friday, though I still watch Wigan as often as possible, as do my 2 sons, both born in Yorkshire! Also miss the accent/dialect.


IRENE HUGHES nee CHADWICK from Bourfnemouth

Comments: I was born in Hindley Green where I lived until I married-a Welshman in the Regular Army including the SAS.He has now died and I have become incapacitated-I am 79 years of age. I have lived in many places including Australia but I have never lost my Lancashire accent-and why should I? I cannot say I am happy away from my native area because nowhere I have been are the people as geniune, although I am always b eing told that times have changed. I have one son who has turned out to be a disappointment so I am virtualy alone and this is not an area to where too many northerners migrate-I have been here 40 years-my husband's choice. I have considered going to Spain where the weather is good and the ex-pats are generally is happy, I guess I just miss my husband. What brought this about was that somebody mentioned JJB Sports and I remember the little shop in Market St. Wigan by Frog Lane-I went to Wigan and District Mining and Tewchnical College. All the memories are flooding back and now I am an old woman.I remember the Saturday night meat bargains, Wigan Fair and the collector who

I miss: had only one leg.Fish and chips in a newspaper,including the 'bits'. Walking days and Wigan carnival. My father had 'bronchitis' which would now be called pneumoconiosis and pensionable. And the savoury ducks and steak and cowheel pie. Treats to Southport. Unfortunately there is no-one here with whom I can reminisce Cheerio and God take care of you all.


susan robinson from sheffield

Comments: standish lower ground until i got married was susan francis,lived in baytree rd beech hill but left in1972 for norhampton then cambridge and since 1982 sheffield

I miss: wigan casino as in late 60's the great rugby team -Billy Boston days, Wigan sense of humour


Geoffrey Todd from Wallasey

Comments: I left wigan with my parents when I was 16 in 1946 I lived in Hodges St and went to Wigan grammar school Then started work on North West Station

I miss: I miss Wigan fair and the black pea stalls at the fair, does anyone remeber them?


lisa parr/titterington from manchester

Comments: lived on liverpool road,hindley,from 1981 till 1985,went to park high school on park road hindley.can anyone tell me why my school is not listed.anyone remember me my email address is l.parr1@btinternet.com

I miss: i miss the pies


patrick murphy from anstey, leicestershire

Comments: I used to live in Scarisbrick Street, where my dad still lives. Working in the private sector at the mo. Married in May 2005 and still getting back to wigan to see rest of the family when i can.

I miss: PEMPS


jennifer catterall from wigan

Comments: born in the ave in standish lower ground.moved away for a while moved back to giants hall road stayed 25 years now live in ave again

I miss: old friends please contact me if you remember me


william barnes from jersey

Comments: moved from goose green 3 years ago onto the lovely island of jersey I teach maths in a local secondary school

I miss: countryside , family and friends , cricket team and walking the dog down the canal path at poolstock


gary fishwick from falkirk

Comments: born in wigan.moved to scotland 5yrs ago. married to linzie.and working as a psychiatric nurse

I miss: i miss chips,peas,gravy.pork pies with jelly.wigan athletic.rugby.(st,helens) haigh hall. wigan market. just simple things


Mick Blackburn from KENDAL

Comments: Was born in Golborne, brought up in Ashton in Makerfield and lived in Shevington for tweleve years. I worked at Ravenhead brickworks in Upholland for fourteen years before doing my nurses training, getting married and moving away. Still get down every few weeks for a night out but do not get down to watch Wigan Rugby these days. I still keep in touch with some of my mates

I miss: Hammering Saints on boxing day the great Wigan team of the late eighties and early nineties. The friendly Wigan people. bunch of miserable b******ds up here.


Victor from Dartford

Comments: Used to live in Parbold. Son of Eric the Policeman.

I miss: Watching the Rugby. And the pies.


Kathleen Waterhouse nee Bradshaw from Buckley North Wales

Comments: I used to live at 126 Scot Lane Newtown Wigan. I married in 1961 and moved to Wales I have three children two married One at home. Now I am retiered. Used to be a dinner lady.

I miss: I miss my friends I had at school. and the lovely meat and potato pies from Naylors shop in Scot Lane,and Deroma's ice cream!!


Brian Charnley from Wolverhampton

Comments: I lived behind a shop on Manchester Road, Ince from 1948 until 1957. The family then moved to Shevington - what a difference! In 1970, I moved to Nottingham to teach and have lived in the Midlands from that time.

I miss: The potato and meat pies are not equalled anywhere else. Both of my sons, although born in Nottingham, always insist on these pies when they visit Wigan. The town is not the same without Central Park.


Edward Gaskell from Appledore Devon

Comments: ok i never actually LIVED in Wigan but I have been trying to trace details of my grandfather who, I believe, lived in Pemberton prior to WW1. He was wounded twice in major battles. Can anyone help?

I miss: I miss feeling sorry for Wigan Athletic when they were lingering in the depths of the football league. Now i get dizzy just looking.


susan singleton from Cardiff, Aberdare

Comments: Lived in Whelley, moved down to cardiff july 2004, after spending 7 wks in Arizona, moved to Aberadre april this yr, met a wonderful welshman, and now living together, work in cardiff,

I miss: miss the pies cant get a decent meat and potatoe pie down here, miss my nan, and my mates,


Kay Muirhead from Wigan

Comments: Just had to let you know I have found a nurse in Austrailia that I used to work with!!! Just proves your forums DO keep people in touch.

I miss: Miss nowt I still live here!!!


philip sutton from durham

Comments: lived for 20 years at claremont rd in billinge, attended billinge c e school from 1950 to 1956 then up holland sec school from 1956 to 1960 mooved from billinge to aspull then from aspull to durham in 1989.

I miss: local dialect school friends


Neil Whelan from London

Comments: Lived in Standish and attended St Wilfred's 1982-1988, then Standish High School 1988-1993 then Wigan and Leigh college 1993-1995. Left Wigan in 2002, aged 25, to move to London. I now live in Greenwich in a new development of flats on The Thames overlooking Canary Wharf and am working as an Accountant in central London.

I miss: Definately Greenhalgh's cheese and onion pasties. If Greenhalgh's opened a shop in London they'd triple their profits as you can't get a decent pie down here. Also miss King Street on a Saturday night, my mates, Morrisons (though they're opening some down here now!), Embassy No.1 cigarettes (hard to come by down here), being able to nip to Blackpool of a weekend, the warm and friendly Lancashire accent (particularly hearing the words "nowt" and "owt"!), Wigan Market - you can get anything from there - and last but not least my family, who come to London often fortunately. Don't miss the awful drive into Wigan each day down Wigan Road to get to work though and I'm sorry to say I never liked Uncle Jo's Mint Balls - does that make me a bad Wiganer??


Norman Prior from chadderton

Comments: I used to live at 22 croft cottages, brynhall, bamfurlong, wigan from 1919-1939. I used to be an engineer but now at the age of 86 i am now retired.

I miss: the things i miss the mostm from wigan is coal mining


Shaun collins from Salisbury

Comments: I come from Hindley and in temporary exile due to my service in the Army (WO1). Iíve been away for 17yrs with only 5 to go.

I miss: Home


gary fishwick from stirling

Comments: lived in higher ince.moved to stirling scotland 6 yrs ago .married no kids as yet but trying.working as a nurse

I miss: pork pies with jelly .chips peas gravy cant get that here


William Leslie Speakman from Liverpool

Comments: Lily Lane,Bamfurlong.Moved when I joined the RAF in 1942.Demobbed 1946, trained as a teacher,settled in Whiston until 1977 then, moved to Liverpool.Retired in 1987.

I miss: Central Park,Edwards'pies(Platt Bridge),Brass bands,walking days,homemade herb beer etc.


rob howard from ashton in makerfeild

Comments: remember the good old days on landgate only justhad internet put in heard u was on the site everybody over here ok dave hart still moaning a lot hes going to be a grandad remember ann fletcher still my mrs after 28years things over here not ghanged much proberly never willit seems a long time since we was all on landgatr maybe we will do it again some time u never no

I miss:


Jean Bamford from Newport Shropshire

Comments: Educated at Wigan High School. Dancing Teacher (Ballet, Tap, Ballroom Dancing, etc.) at the Albion Ballroom, Pemberton, in the 1960's. Was choreographer in the nelwy formed (then) production of "Merrie England" in Coronation year. Mother and father ran the Bakery business, famous for "Bamford's Bombers" (pies and pasties).

I miss:


CAROL HARDMAN from KESWICK CUMBRIA

Comments: I WAS BORN IN KENDAL ST WIGAN THEN I MOVED TO SILVERDALE RD WIGAN I HAVE ALL MY FAMILY IN WIGAN STILL.. I WAS AT SCHOOL SO WHEN MY PARENTS MOVED I HAD TO DO SO...

I miss: I MISS THE SHOPS THE LVOELY PEOPLE ETC ALL-IN ALL WIGAN IS MY HOME TOWN I WAS BORN & BREAD THERE ITS MY ROOTS IW ILL ALWAYS GO GO BACK TO WIGAN IW ILL ALWAYS THINK FONDLY OF IT MY HOME TOWN MY ROOTS.. I LIKE HAIGH HALL I GROW UP IN KITGREEN.. WIGAN WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECAIL PLACE IN MY HEART.....


George Francis Wall from London

Comments: I was born in Billinge hospital 1974, left Wigan in 1981 for the south (parents looking for work). I now work as an ILT leader in a college in the east end of London. I have many fond memories of Wigan and visited family regularly whilst growing up but feel I have lost many connections now.

I miss: My grandparents/old friends. Rathbones. the Cherry reds. walks in haigh hall.


Sue Coleman nee Lewis from Lincoln

Comments: Lived in Hindley Green til I was 17 then joined the army and have been back & forth every so often as my folks still live there. Don't get back very often these last 10 years. Doesn't life get in the way?!

I miss: Meat & potato pies. The old days in Tiff's (Maximes) on a Friday night. Asking for gravy on chips without getting a weird look!


judith coote from workington

Comments: all my familly is from wigan. Im a full time student at college and my half uncle played 4 wigan rugby league team

I miss: the great meat and potatoe pies and the rugby


Bob Bootle from St Albans

Comments: At the very top of Belle Green Lane Kirkless Lane & Battersby Street 1941 to 1960. Interested in anything about Higher Ince and the area up to Aspull and Hindley and the Canal

I miss: The blanks in my memory tease me to make more inquiries of my early life and surroundings. Anybody who knew me is invited to email and help me fill the gaps.


Stephen Lee from Oban, Argyll

Comments: Lived in Broxton Ave, Orrell till married Ro in 1984. Worked at Bleachworks, Tattons (Leigh), Leyland Motors (Chorley repair shop), Co-Op Bank. Moved to Edinburgh till '89 then to Yorkshire till 2005. Now semi-retired, living in a castle which Ro manages as a B&B.

I miss: Proper pork pies from Reuben Marsden and Pooles. The Foot (Burtonwoods) in Billinge. Old Arcade. Trainspotting at Wigan North Western in the steam days. Anyone know where Philip Ashurst is these days?


Bill Parkinson from Milton Keynes

Comments: Used to live in Beech Hill, then Standish. Work for BT, moved away in '93 and lived in London. "Did me yed in" so now live in Milton Keynes.

I miss: Poole's pies (as they were, from the shop by the station). Being able to train at Tony Christian's Karate Club in Shevvy, I now have to travel 320 miles to do this and I'm knackered by the time I get 'wom.


Chris Rigby from London

Comments: Grew up in Lytham St Annes, but most of family from Wigan including Mum and Dad. Spent most weekends in Standish and Up Holland. Looking for Steve Watkins. A local comic who also moved to the big smoke in search of fame and fortune.

I miss: My weekend job at Wigan Carpets. Had the best of times, especially on our Spanish Sales weekends where we did our underlay, underlay, underlay promotion.


Louise Bentham from North Wales

Comments: Fetched up in Beech Hill them moved to Shevy in 1982, moved away in 1997 to North Wales love living here, but really miss Wigan. All my family still live in or around shevy.

I miss: Pudding,chips,pea wet & gravey (in a tray!!!) You ask round here for pea wet & you are looked at like uv got 2 heads.


Christopher Rigby from London (The Big Smoke)

Comments: Grew up in Lytham St Annes, but most of family from Standish. Miss Meat and Tater Pies, Walks down by Canal, Saturday night at Roxy

I miss: Miss Steve Watkins. Great Lad. District Nurse who also worked as DJ and local comic. Always made ya feel gay in his presence and had an awful taste in shirts. Also moved to Big Smoke where Garlic Bread is Future. Never thought that Cheese and Cake went well together.


Betty Draper nee Greenhalgh from Inverness/Invermoriston

Comments: I was born at Tanpits, Winstanley, and moved to Ormskirk in 1962. Then off to Scotland in 1970 where I have lived ever since.I went into the Hotel industry and retired in 2000

I miss: The old Empress and Court Hall Ballrooms. The buzz of working at the old NCB offices. Cheese and onion Pies


Christopher Tierney from Plymouth

Comments: Born 1969 at Billinge Hospital. Parents lived at Blenheim Road, Ashton in Makerfield at the time. Moved to Broxton Avenue when I was around 2, then to Greenslate Road at about 6. Attended St James' RC primary school, and St Peters RC secondary school in Orrell. Moved with my parents when I was 15 to Cornwall. Now living in Plymouth with my wife to be and our 2 year old son. Run my own business selling and repairing power tools (not very glamorous, I'll grant you, but it pays the mortgage......most months).

I miss: Red brick!!!! Everything is block built down here. Pies from the old pie shop at Orrell Post. Friends. (I do have some here.....you know what I mean!) The Wigan accent.


Hannah Darbyshire from Bristol

Comments: i used to live in roby mill, upholland, i am now living in bristol city centre almost 200 miles away, i moved here to go to university and i love it, i come back to wigan every couple of months when i get some free time, to see my friends and family and have a cheap night out! x

I miss: i miss all my friends, and going to the footie! and, supprisingly i miss the strong wigan accent, its all posh southerners or raw bristolians down here!, lol, i must admit though i am picking up a slightly southern accent, sorry guys!!


Michael Holding from Crawley

Comments: I lived in Wigan for the first 19 years of my life, at Lillian Drive at the top of Barnsey st. I moved to London to work when I left school in 1968, then to Nottingham for 30+ years, where I lived and raised a family until I recently had to move again for work

I miss: It's almost impossible to buy a butter pie outside Lancashire.


Russell Harding from St. Mary Bourne

Comments: Born in Billinge Hospital (who wasn't) 1958. Attended Grammar School 1969-1974. Worked all my life in catering hence the job moved me away. Now running a pub, restaurant, hotel in Hampshire.

I miss: Wigan folk, Latics, my Mum


christine farrimond from wigan lancs

Comments: this is to contact albert wilson who moved to australia but used to live in Bell Lane Kitt Green Wigan. I knew him when we were about 18 and he worked for Stirling Shoes. I saw his letter in the Observer many years ago when he used the user name of "alby". please contact Wilf on this Email

I miss:


Patrick Murphy from ANSTEY, LEICS...

Comments: I used to live in Scarisbrick Street with the rest of the Murphy family. My dad still lives there with my mum round the corner. I am now in the prison service down here in Leics. Married last year to Jacqui and now have a dog but no kids yet. Still get upto Wigan when I can

I miss: Pooles pies..getting my feet stuck to the floor,running through the beer garden in the rain and drinking warm Red Stripe all in pemps....


christine farrimond from wigan lancs

Comments: Is Albert Wilson of Bell Lane Kitt Green still out in Australia? I knew him many years ago when I worked in Wigan and he worked at Sterling Shoe shop in Standishgate. he rode a motor scooter and had a sister named June. He was also friends with Tom and Anglea Scott.

I miss: Some of the times we had in those days.


John Richardson from Hitchin Hertfordshire

Comments: I was born in Billinge Hospital in 1942 and lived in Upholland Road, Longshaw, though most of my family, and therefore my time, was in Orrell. I went to St James Road School and Upholland Grammar School then to University in Leicester and Leeds. I've lived and worked in Bristol, London and Seoul, South Korea, and am now in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I have two part-time church jobs - one in South London and the other as Acting General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. I retain my keen-ness for all things related to Wigan - I rejoice with the Latics, mourn with Wigan and Orrell, tell everybody to go to Wigan Pier, read `Past Forward' and generally get proud and sentimental!

I miss: I had a fabulous childhood - a supportive family, excellent friends, good schooling, interesting chapel (Methodist), great heroes (especially Billy Boston), lots of opportunities. I don't really `miss' it as it's part of who I am. But I do believe that Wigan's meat and potato pies and fish n chips are the best!


JOAN WHITTLE from B;ACKPOOL

Comments: I was born at 153 Castle Hill rd Hindley in 1946.Went to St. Benedict's School then onto Cardinal Newman. It was a brand new school so went straight into yr 2.I was a member of St. John cadet's. I went onto live at 185 SAndy lane Hindley.I went to work at Pendlebury's which really was Debenhams but was very happy to leave.Then went to the old Frog lane Hospital which used to be the workhouse but the old part remained vacant.I did look around there.I worked in Liverpool. Preston. Withnell and now in Blackpool as a staff nurse on the Trauma Orthopaedic Wards. I have over 30+ yrs in the Health Service.I remain a member of St. John + the duties here can be both challenging + varied. My surname is now Wright.

I miss: Strange but I don't think that you could ever beat a Pool's Pie, Chips out of the newspaper and of course the friendly folk.


janine may morrell hodgeson from plymouth

Comments: most my family is from hindley, me auntie has the hairdressers at the bottom of ladies lane and my uncles owns hindley taxis, i used to live in the flats next to the police station on castle hill.

I miss: definitly the pies !!!! and the friendly atmosphere of the communities in and the surrounding areas of wigan.


Shaun Anders from Andover

Comments: I joined the Army at 21 and subsequently have been away for 22yrs. Fortunately I do get back to see my daughters from my previous marriage. i now live in Andover but commute to work in London.

I miss: Going to Warriors matches. Moss meat and potato pies and pea wet on your chips. These southern jessies just dont have a clue. To quote Peter Kay hast getten owt moist.


Debbie Edwards from Darwen

Comments: erm............I used to live in Hindley Green and now live in Darwen.....thats it....lol xx

I miss: pies, pies, pies, pies, pies and erm pies.....


robert bentham from newport gwent

Comments: born at Holt st lived later at norley hall now in s/wales manufacturing waterbeds

I miss: Joan Warmsely she was 9yrs old was 10


Frank Holden from York

Comments: This is Franks daughter registering him on his behalf. A very proud Lancastrian. He tells everyone that he is over in Yorkshire educating them.

I miss:


joanne fairhurst from wigan

Comments: still livin in wigan just lookin to c if anyone knows a ian lee recently found out that he moved to aus love to hear from him again

I miss:


Jayne Beaumont (nee Glynn) from Blackpool

Comments: Born in Worsley Mesnes. Moved to Blackpool when I was a baby around 1974. Sadly don't have time to visit as much as I used to when I was younger. Still got family in Ince and Hindley.

I miss: Pooles pies (my mum used to take me to Poole's after we got off the train), Central Park (gone but never forgotten), playing in the park with my cousins on Ince Green Lane, the Griffin Arms pub which used to be run by Billy Boston in the early 1990's. Many other things - too many to mention.


brian unsworth from sandside cumbria

Comments: lived in wigan for 65 years and loved it now retired and living in beautiful south cumbria 1 hours run from wigan by motorway but a million miles away in scenery

I miss: nothing much i can be back in an hour even watch wigans home matches


gary fishwick from falkirk

Comments: i used to live in spring view but i moved away 7yrs.i married a scottish im happy & content and i work as a psychiatric nurse

I miss: chips & peas & gravy..pork pies &with jelly


David Bridden from Gosport

Comments: I lived in Higher Ince until I was 16 then joined the RN leaving in 1989 serving 23 years now working in the Probation Service. Married with two children 33 and 30.

I miss: chip shops mushy peas and pies. The friendy people and fishing the flashes and canals


Dave Gaskell from York

Comments: Lived in Springfield until aged 10 in 1975 when we moved to Bury. Now grown up and living in York. My family background is primarily Gaskells and Bradshaws of Pemberton and Newtown

I miss: Was too young to miss beer but miss Uncle Joe's mintballs and standing behind the goal at Springfield Park watching Wigan Athletic in the Northern Prem.


neil barker from hornsea ( East Yorkshire )

Comments: allrite, born in 1975 and rased on marsh green moved to hull 1999 work as a carevan erecter got a little girl called rosie.

I miss: things i miss about wigin is the acsent, they dont talk proper up ere. I also miss the pies and i miss walkin round wigan on a saturday doin a bit of shopping ...


Alan Hunter from Tamworth Staffordshire

Comments: Was born in The Firs at Leigh,but brought up in Bryn in the 1940s.Lived in Wigan Road.I am now 72 yrs old,a widower and live in a sheltered housing complex.

I miss: I miss the pies bought at Wigan,Smailes Butchers in the market,the old WCT buses,and of course Greenalls and Walkers ales.Speedway at Poolstock Stadium and the local derby's between Wigan & Leigh rugby clubs..Finally the Duchess of Wigan (Slangly named)08343 Shutting Loco at the N.Western Sidings.


Caroline Doherty from Eccles, Manchester

Comments: I used to live in Norley Hall, yep just near Pem lol, i moved last June and my accent is goin and i can't help it...

I miss: I miss most of my friends from TESCO yep i miss them all and i also miss my close personal friends there too. King Street C ya l8rz....


phillip bullough from wigan

Comments: i live in wigan and i dont work at the moment.i used to go to brookfield high school in hindley i am age 21.

I miss: i miss my school friends and my ex girlfriend elana long.victoria wilkinson david salt and craig waton please get in contact with me.send me a e-mail please.


Ian Strachan from Billinge Hr End. Wigan.

Comments: Originally from ashton, then Mersey Road Orrell..then Sandy lane Orrell. Joined Royal Navy 1974 from Upholland High school. Joined Greater Manchester Police...1980-2002, got bored doing nowt..now work as caretaker at Newfold County Primary school, Orrell. I walk 100yds to work every day..no more travelling, trouble is....the Running horses pub is between my school and my house...have to call in every night on the way home... I am currently the secretary of the Wigan Branch of the Royal Naval Association. married to deb who hails from Hindley...three children...shayni 22yrs..alexandra 12yrs and cameron 10yrs.

I miss: Dont miss "Owt" cos I'm still ere !


janine may morrell hodgeson from plymouth

Comments: i used to live on derby lane, up near the old cardinal newman school, an on castle hill @woodford court next to the police station.

I miss: i well miss pies from meat n tata pies from greenhalgh's, and rugny @central park watching the old best team wigan rugby team....


Margaret Lovett from Weare Giffard, Bideford, Devon

Comments: I lived in Chorley Rd. Standish for the first 30 years. Moved to London (actually Tooting during the time of the Popular Front)for 10 months then to South Wales for 21 years. I have lived in Devon since being given early retirement 7 years ago. As I am married to a Devonian, this makes me an honorary local!

I miss: I still visit Wigan regularly, I suppose what I miss most is Rugby League. I tried hard to convert the South Walians to League, and very nearly succeded, but I don`t think I have much chance down here.


Paul Foster from Cardiff

Comments: Was born at Billinge Hospital, lived in Ashton for about 3 years, then moved to Winstanley where my folks still live. I moved to Nottingham to study then Cardiff. I now work as a teacher in South Wales. I Get back to Wigan every 3 months or so.

I miss: Poole's meat pies (though they're not what they used to be!), the accent and the decent rugby team!


Crawford from Joe

Comments: We used to live 23 holt street

I miss: Pies


jon rostron from wigan

Comments: newyon aycliffe ,groundworks foreman

I miss: dont miss em , im back


marie hugill from DOUGLAS ISLE OF MAN

Comments: I used to live in winstanley but when i moved to the isle of man i was living in ince. I have a husband and 2 kids and work for M&S

I miss: GOIN TO WATCH WIGAN RUGBY LEAGUE


gary fishwick from stirling scotland

Comments: i was born in hr ince .im now living in scotland. for the past 7yrs.. ive been married for 3yrs,and i work as a psychiatric nurse

I miss: pork pies ,,chips & peas & gravy which you cannot buy up here..uncle joes mint balls..wigan accents


George Haydock from blackpool

Comments: Born in wrightington.lived in standish, went to st maries school 1941 until age 15. Worked at Chisnall Hall Colliery for 20 years. Fish and chip shop in Chorley 17 years. Hotel in Blackpool 15 years. Now retired.

I miss: Pubs and friends.


john clitheroe from newquay. cornwall

Comments: grew up in appley bridge. went to shevvy jun and comp.moved to newquay in 73/74.messed about in hotel n cater for 20yrs. now drivin a taxi.now comin up to 50 and have 23y old thai wife.

I miss: summer holidays that never seemed to end when you were young.jubblys,d n burdock.not hearing lanky accent. brian jenkins from parbold.were are u now?


Kathryn Harrison from Warminster

Comments: I was born in St Helens but grew up in Wigan, so have always considered myseld to be from Wigan. I moved away in my 20's to live in London, where I lived for 18 years. I met my husband in Wigan even though I was lving in London at the time. We moved to Warminster, Wilts nearly 4 years ago.

I miss: My familly still live in Wigan so miss them the most.


maureen crossland from hindley

Comments: went to argyle st school 1960 to 1964 would love to get in touch with any old school friends whos form teacher was mr horrocks head teacher was mr lowe best friend was kathleen aspinall lived at 88 george st and anyone who remembers me

I miss: i really miss wigan casino the good old days and monaco


Rebecca Mousdell from Newcastle Upon Tyne

Comments: I used to live in Chapel Street and Redwood Avenue in Orrell where my parents still live. I only moved in 2006 after 24 years in Wigan. I've always worked in travel and i'm a team leader at Parkdean Holidays.

I miss: My family! Greenhalgh's meat and potato pies! We only have Greggs up here. Walking down Pem and bumping into people you've known all your life. cheap nights out round Pem or in the town centre. Princes nightclub - i used to work there years ago when it was good. The accent - mine is very confused at the moment!


Kevin Gallagher from Warminster

Comments: I am in the Army and living in Warminster in Wiltshire. I joined the Army in 1976 in trhe Recruiting Office in Wigan. I was brought up in Shevington.

I miss: I miss the old market hall and the bus station. Trips to Wigan centre on a Saturday. Watching Latics. Playing football on the football pitch in the centre of Shevington. Living in Inward Drive. They were good old days. However, both Shevington and Wigan are not as good any more. There is no way I would go back there now.


John Keegan from Preston

Comments: lived in Pemberton,Standish.had hardware shop in Bulteel street, teacher at Hindley and Hindley Green

I miss: Friendly people


Marika from Glasgow

Comments: I am czech , lived in germany and Spain , finaly found place I love , Scotland, same friendliness, amazing nature and behind every single corner something new, people , places.love it .....

I miss: Miss Czech home for my family lost my father for cancer than ,gran, feeeling guilty for using all this amazing time in Scotland and changing it for my family time at home.Just have to go home more often...


katherine ryan nee mckinstry from tannadice angus

Comments: Grew up in Hindley Green and went to Sacred Heart,then Cardi and Leigh Tech.Moved away when I was 18,went to Guernsey then Oz where I met my hubby.Lived in London for 10 years and moved up to scotland 3 years ago,really lovely place to live in the countryside.I've got 2 girls who keep me on my toes.Mum and brothers still live in Leigh so I get back quite a bit,I wish they'd leave the road layouts alone every time I go back something else has changed or become one way!!

I miss: I miss chips,gravy and pudding,if you ask for that up here you get black or white pudding!,The Pier on student night,decent cheese n onion pasties,meat n prater pies and my old mates who I've lost touch with.


billy rennox from liverpool

Comments: used 2 live in brookhouse street with me two older brothers danny nd lee,work in a promotion factory for waste disposal,love rugby league i.e wigan warriors and football the latics.hoping some of me old mates r on here

I miss: definetely the pies and beer


stuart frank william davies from winsford

Comments: a poolstocker that lived all over wigan spring view,abram,even platt waz.

I miss: the wigan women , pie`s , most of all the town in general. GOD BLESS IT. X X X.


cliff higham from wigan

Comments: any ex wiganers livin out there in Noosa or Hervey Bay, Queensland, my son an family emigrated, just arrived there Yesterday.

I miss: I will miss my pubs when I go over to visit, teehee!!


Joe Dobson from Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Comments: Brought up in Caunce Rd wigan Moved to Ince, worked in the minning, Played in the S.J.A.Band,at Wigan. now in Yorkshire, retired. would like to hear from you. joe.

I miss: All of these,and the company that goes with them


doreen crawford from wigan

Comments: still live in wigan but have lived in aussie and loved it but i still looked on wigan as home, i've just been browsing through and i know joe crawford of course my brother-in-law but i also know betty from tanpit cottages it's good to hear about people you have known in your hmm!younger years betty may remember me as houghton

I miss: when i lived in aussie the thing i missed (don't laugh) was a double decker bus we went miles to see one as one was coming through a place where we lived of course i also missed going to the chippie and asking for a mixture and believe it or not a choc ice was a eskimo pie


william powell from hindley wigan lancs.

Comments: Ladies lane hindley wigan.1950 now retiered. I now live in allostock near knutsford.Like to hear from old school friends.

I miss: I miss the {Graydley Folk} down to earth people and not meeting old school friends.


Geoffrey Frank Todd from Wallasey

Comments: Last address Hodges St Wigan Left Wigan in 1946 when my parents decided to re locate in Wallasey I attended Wigan Grammar School 1940 to 1945 I am now retired

I miss: Pies Definitely Also Black Pea soup at Wigan Fair on the market Square Also I have lost touch with all my pals who I grew up with A few names Jimmy Stephenson, Tommy Grundy,Roy Taylor Verna Pierpoint Joyce Belderson


Helen Mullally from Twickenham

Comments: Not really Wigan but used to live in Billinge (close enough). Moved down south after uni and never returned because of work. Still try to follow Latics and rugby. Now live in Twickenham and love seeing the old Wigan league players at the Twick stadium.

I miss: Miss the fact that everyone talks to eachother, as though you've known strangers for all your life. Little old ladies chatting to you at the bus stop. Might have all changed now but that's how I remember home. Miss the Foot(aka Holts Arms) Crank Road Billinge.


DEREK GREEN from BUCKLEY NORTH WALES

Comments: HI I USED TO LIVE IN ASPULL I WAS BORN THERE MOVED TO HORWICH WHEN I MARRIED GOT DIVORCED RE MARRIED NOW LOVE IN NORTH WALES MY AGE IS 74 IF ANY ONE REMEMBERS ME IT WOULD BE NICE TO HEAR OF YOU

I miss: I MISS LOADS OF THINGS ABOUT WIGAN THE MARKET THE SHOPS THE PUBS I DO COME UP THERE NOW AND AGAIN AND I ALL WAYS GET SOME PIES


doreen crawford from wigan

Comments: i lived in australia in 1970-75 in a place called dandenong melbourne we had a good life out there but you do get homesick so needless to say we came back also i remember you betty greenhalgh from tanpit cottages and of course i know you joe (brother-in-law)betty will know me better as houghton

I miss: whilst we were in aussie i missed daft things like double decker buses and going to the chippie for a mixture and steak pudd's


Donna Robertson (nee Fairclough) from Larkhall

Comments: Those who know me from the Wiganworld meets will know me as Snosser. You'll all be pleased to know I am happier than ever and got married in Ibrox stadium, Glasgow on July 14th of this year

I miss: Chicken tikka masala with garllic naan from moonlight tandoori, Peters fish and chips,and whittles pies!!!


Stephen Unsworth from South West

Comments: i left wigan only 2yrs ago, through a career move. i work in london and live in wiltshire. i was born and grew up in hindley, getting married in '87 and moving to Standish. I then moved to westhoughton before moving south

I miss: i had / have mates who never miss a latics match - i only get up a couple of times a year and miss the crack loads


doreen crawford from wigan

Comments: i still live in wigan but have lived in australia but i've noticed a John Howarth living in Bavaria my son has a pub in Bavaria in a place called Sonthofen it's called the Flying Scotsman

I miss: when i was in Aussie i missed of all things seeing a double decker bus plus holland's puddings


Phil Cushion from Cardiff

Comments: Originally from Marus Bridge, and born in 1978. Met a welsh girl at the wigan saints match in cardiff a few years ago and we stayed in touch afterwards aso I decided to move down there. Initially lived in Swansea, but now living in Cardiff and thankfully will be coming back to wigan in April 08 as it is a much better place to live.

I miss: I feel the saying 'there no place like home' is never so true unit you move away. There are so many things that you miss and yes pies is high up on the list. Simple things like, knowning your town like the back of you hand, short cuts through that outsiders wouldnt know, places you played as a kid, wigan rugby league, going down your local where your mates are, simply being well known in the place you live. I must admit that every time I come home my first port of call on sat afternoon is the nearest pie shop. They are just not the same elsewhere. Similarly you cant get the same things in the chippy down in wales, can anyone tell me what a bloody rissole is, or faggots. I can at least advise you all not to bother as they aren't a patch on a steak and kidney pudding, again which you cant get in wales. Another annoying fact about being south of cheshire ,i guess? is the fact that people will not watch the rugby league in the pub. The other day they were watching pop idol at a time when wigan were playing leeds in the play offs, I asked them to put the rugby league on and I can tell you the bar man looked at me as though I had two heads. When he eventually put the game on and I had just settled into the game with my pint, a voice chirped up 'can we not watch the union game, scotland is playing' I can tell you I felt like puncing the bloke. On other occasions they would rather watch darts or horse racing than the rugby league and that infuriates me. Most of all i guess i miss my mates and being close to my family. I have grown up through school with the same bunch of mates and it is difficult to have the same kind of friendship with someone who isnt on your wave length or shared the same experiences. All in all I generally miss wigan and this has drawn me to one conclusion, I AM COMING HOME.


Clay Jones. from Cambridge.

Comments: Born Lower Ince,St.Mary's, then Ashton G.S. then Leeds University on RAF scholarship. Joined BOAC l967 VC10 Pilot. Then British Airways Boeing Jet Captain/ Instructor.Then Cambridge U. Am presently seeking 50+ female for life partnership.Will relocate worldwide.

I miss: Deep snow; Pea soup fog.Good natured people.


Paul Settle from Bolton

Comments: Lived in Hodges St Beech Hill.moved away in 1967 due to fathers job.Now living in Bolton.

I miss:


susa whittle from bridgwater

Comments: live till i was 31. moved to north wales then on to sommerset, north wales is gay i hated it!!!!!!!

I miss: pies pies pies. dont miss wigan at all i love it here im happier than ive ever been. engaged to colin may get married next year.


John Gaskell from Canterbury

Comments: Kitt Green

I miss: The people and Wigan RLFC and Lancs CCC


Graham Birchall from Nottingham

Comments: 51, Ormskirk Road Up Holland Moved to Bolton. Then Inverness. now in Nottingham. Teaching Electrics/Electronics for Mercedes-Benz UK.

I miss: Northern humour!!


frank lynch from clevleys

Comments: i lived in st patricks parish tlll 1955. i went to lived in leyland.now i live in clevleys

I miss: i dont miss anything about wigan because i have a good memory about the good things that happened to me when i was young


david forshaw from higher ince wigan

Comments: went to st. williams then onto cardinal newman from there to what use to be metal box. now working at heinz at kitt green. married to susan and have two grown up daughters. now living in westhoughton for the past 30 yrs.

I miss: EVERYTHING !!!!


trudy anne ellis from maidstone kent

Comments: i used to live in ince west street my maiden name was green i used to go to rose bridge high school started in 1977 i,d love to get in contact with old friends in the same year 1977 my daughter lives in ince n is 22 years old n i have one of 17 n nearly 19 i am 41 years old nearly 42 in june plz email

I miss: i miss my family in wigan miss meat n potato pie from greenalls we dont have anything like that in kent maidstone plz get in contact


brian kellie from blackrod

Comments: lived in INCE moved in 1961 OAP now and lived in Blackrod since 1961

I miss:


RONNIE ALDRED from EDINBURGH

Comments: IUSE TO LIVE IN INCE AND WENT TO ROSE BRIDGE I MOVED TO SCOTLAND IN 1992 AND STARTED DRIVING BUSES AROUND EDINBURGHON SERVICE WORK NOWI AM DRIVING ON TOUR BUSES HA HA A ENGLISHMAN TAKING PEOPLE AROUND SCOTLAND

I miss: MATES NIGHTLIFE GOING TO RUGBY AND THE BEER


Richard Scott from Royston, Herts

Comments: I used to live in Orrell (Westgate Drive). I still come 'back home' to watch Wigan Athletic at various points during the football season (400 mile round trip on a Saturday)

I miss: The people, sights and fond memories of my early youth


Pat Foster from Merseyside

Comments: Does anyone remember Tricia Bithell from Norley Hall (White houses) I have two Sons 4 Grandchildren, my husband and I are hoping to retire shortly. I went to Pemberton school, have two brothers. Pat Ward and Annie Tickle were girl friends. I remember a few of the lads Barry Ruddy, Joe Gill, Richard Tickle and Charlie Farley.

I miss: Queing up on a Friday for 3d fish, black peas at the fair, I could go on and on.


ian finney from weymouth

Comments: i lived in abram ,joined the forces in 1991, i meet my wife 2 b in 2001 shes a weymouth lass . im a long distance truck driver. i get back 2 see my family now and again who still live up there .

I miss: rugby, pies and pie shops,


Jayne Edwards from Tamworth

Comments: Born in Ashton and moved to Wigan when I was aged 4. Lived in Beech Hill went to National Blue Coat, Gidlow and Whitley schools but moved to the Midlands to start my psychiatric nurse training in 1988 and somehow just stayed. Got divorced a few yrs ago and have fleeting thoughts of moving back home

I miss: Beer and the laugh going out of a weekend with mates, I never rememebr a gret deal of aggro but there must have been some. Not forgetting the potato cakes and Greenhalghs meat and potato pies


corrina westhorpe from catterick

Comments: used to live in winstanley. Left wigan as i married a soldier and now home is where the army sends us.....

I miss: my mates, family, and of course the pie shops.


sue williams from somerset

Comments: lived in Ormskirk road, attended St Marks girls 1961-65. Had lots of fun in Wigan in the late 60s Room at the Top, Casino, Vegas, market hotel and then joined the Air Force met my husband David had three daughters and live happily in Somerset. Enjoy computers walks reading music and family.

I miss: Meat and tata pies, and the warmth of the people


KenBlinston from St Peter Port, Guernsey

Comments: used to live Edge Green Lane ,Golborne, Moved to Guernsey 1971 Still there,and will be for the rest of my days

I miss: Rugby.Old Hall Pub.My old mates, and a drink in the angle hotel.


Helen Robinson from Manchester

Comments: Born in Billinge hospital, was adopted as a baby and now living it up in Manchester! Whoop whoop!

I miss: Wigan Kebabs!


Jennifer Quick (nee Taylor) from Marazion, Cornwall

Comments: Born in Margaret Street, then moved to Park Road. Moved to Cornwall with parents in 1971.

I miss: Pies; good chips, peas & gravy (they don't understand that down here); snow; really cold winters.


Jane Padfield from derby

Comments: Went to Deanery High. Left prematurely in 1984 due to parents work.

I miss: Sharon Wharton, Mark Talbot, Alison oddie, sitting in Wigan park in the sun with some beers and a radio, the ball and boot !!!, sneakin into the rugby at half time for free!


Edna Berry from Hindley

Comments: I lived in Leigh Rd Hindley Green and went to Cardinal Newman School. My dad died 41 years ago and I went to live in Yorkshire. From there I went into the army, where I met my ex husband. We moved to Leigh in 1970, and I moved out again to Blackburn in 1982. I then went o live in Brighton in 1983, where I completed and passed my nurses training. I now live in Hindley, and have done so since 2002.

I miss: I did miss people that speek to you. People that accept you no matter what your size, and people that care if you live or die.


Bill Cox from Wigan, Lancs

Comments: My wife & I are going to Perth in October, any Wiganer's out there want to meet up Bill

I miss:


angela nickeas (nee smith) from inverness

Comments: hi, i was brought up in chadwick st in the poolstock area of wigan. i went st judes primary school and then onto st thomas more high school and left there in 1987! i now live in inverness in the highlands of scotland and i work for british red cross as a community support worker.

I miss: deffinatley pies!!! theres nowhere that can make a pie as good as wigan!


Beverly from Kendal

Comments: I lived in the Pemberton area, went to St Mary's Primary School and St Thomas More Secondary. I moved to Kendal in 1981 and live in a village called Levens just south of Kendal. I have 4 children, 3 of them live in London now. I work in London during the week now and come home at weekends.

I miss: Greenhalgh's have just opened a shop in Kendal so I can't say I miss the pies any more! I miss all the lovely friendly people and hearing the great accent, it's the best in Britain.


Martin Frohlick from Bracknell

Comments: I used to live on Swinley Lane. I went to Wood Fold Primary School in Standish and then Gidlow Middle School and Whitley High School. I left Whitley in '83 (so minus 3years for each previous school leaving). I'm an engineer now for a big US cellular phone chipset manufacturer.

I miss: It's a shame all the old Victorian buildings in Wigan have gone or are crumbling. The Market Hall was fantastic. All those arcades. Spent many an hour sliding down the hillsides near the Plantations on a piece of old cardboard.


mrs marjorie hayes from wrexham

Comments: i used to live in downall green .i am retired.i like exotic holidays.caravaning.

I miss: i greatly miss PIES, never found any decent pies yet here in wales.i always bring some home when visiting wigan.but i'm still searching....


julie graham from rhyl

Comments: i lived in the wakes hotel for years before moving to wales i have two grown up children now and i am single

I miss: shopping and the people


Stephen Cheers from Barrow in Furness

Comments: I was brought up in Orrell and lived there until I did my A levels, but moved away to do my degree and to find work. I now work for BAE submarines in Barrow, building nuclear submarines.

I miss: Wigan Rugby League, Wigan Athletic, the people and their sense of humour, but its not to bad being only 2 hours away means I can get back quite often for my Wigan Fix


Paul McNamara from Telford Shropshire

Comments: Used to live in Edinburgh Drive near the Half Way House. Parents still live there. i initially moved in 1986 after leaving college and joining the RAF. Finally settled in Shropshire but working in Essex. Will be moving there soon as just had first child and need to be at home more.

I miss: Definately the chippies. the gravy isn't the same down here. Good nights out, old mates. Its wierd, you expect everyone to still be in your local when you come home to visit but everyone moves on. I think that most people who move away like me end up walking through the town and looking for old faces when they return. This site could be a godsend i reckon.


nicki johnson from gloucester

Comments: born in shevington, nr wigan. my name then was pauline dawber. i moved from wigan about 20yrs ago. but then moved back 4 a while b4 moving again

I miss: the main things i miss about wigan is my old school friends. i also miss rathbones pies & bread & if anyone remembers the old market hall & bus station.


Louise mary molloy from Deiniolen north wales

Comments: i lived at 1 third avenue wigan.i moved to north wales around 17 years back.I moved when i was a little girl and now im a grown up with 2 kids 1 boy and 1 girl. i work in a spar shop and when im not at work i look after my little boy as my daughter is in school full time.

I miss: my family!!!!!!!!!!!ive got my dad living at wigan my grandma and granda and much more relatives cousins aunts and uncles.


mrs marjorie hayes from north wales

Comments: used to live in stubshaw till i was 10 then downall green till 1988.

I miss: i still visit my mother in ashton and bring back pies.not found any good pies in north wales,but still lookin,


Bill topping from aberdeenshire

Comments: Born in Orrell,St James School,worked for Wm Todds,before farming,at,Haigh/blackrod/Chorley/scotland.Does anyone remember Tommy Gaskell,from Whitehill farm,Shevington,or know of his whereabouts?.

I miss: Mint balls,Lancashire cheese,Pooles and UCP pies.


dianne kitts from wigan

Comments: i have always lived in wigan but my son is going to new zealand to find work and a better live

I miss:


Tony Shaw from London

Comments: Moved to London in 1985

I miss:


patricia foster from bradford

Comments: i come from wigan but i now live in saltaire on the outskirts of bradford i dont work as im disabled and housebound.

I miss:


Lorna Bennett from Burnham Bucks

Comments: I lived in Bridgeman Terrace opposite Mesnes Park. My mother ran a boarding house for artists appearing at the Hippodrome. Went to St Michaels Junior school and Hindley & Abram Grammar.

I miss: The accent and the lovely countryside


Aidy from Blackpool

Comments: I lived in Swinley, moved in May 03.

I miss: Wigan folk, decent pie. Kids miss Mesnes park as well as Haigh Hall.


FRED PRUDEN from mansfield

Comments: wENT TO MESNES HIGH SCHOOL LIVED AT HINDLEY, WORSLEY MESNES WENT TO ARGYLL JUNIOR AND MORNINGTON RD SCHOOLS.

I miss: bEING 16 AGAIN, THE PEOPLE .


vivian jolly from walsall

Comments: i am trying to trace linden ashcroft and see that he has posted on this site. If anyone has any ideas as to how I could get in touch with him, please post back

I miss:


linden ashcroft from malvern//worcestershire

Comments: I used to live in appley bridge but went to roby mill school am now retired - and would be interested to hear from anyone who knew me

I miss: generally I miss the people- there sense of humour and there friendliness and of course there pies


carol beddall from nuneaton

Comments: union street s wigan scholes marshgreen wigan

I miss: friends pies


graham holmes from wigan

Comments: hi this is to anyone who is liveing in cairns australia my friend stuart davies his wife samantha and daughter holly moved there about five years ago they used to live on warrington road goose green and we lost touch i would love to get back in touch with stuart so if anyone out there knows them please ask them to come on to wigan world ex pats thank you

I miss:


graham holmes from wigan

Comments: i am trying to find an old friend of mine i have tryed everywere you out there in australia are my last hope i am looking for stuart davies who emigrated to cairns australia about five years ago with his wife samantha and daughter holly they used to live on waRRINGTON ROAD GOOSE GREEN IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME I WOULD BE GREATFUL

I miss:


tracey webb nee conroy from grange over sands

Comments: lived in hodges street, then moved around the corner to emerald street. would love to hear from anyone who knew me especially family.

I miss: blutos. bees knees pub


lindenAshcroft from Malvern

Comments: was brought up in Appley bridge but left there in 1957 attended Roby mill cofE school untill 1951 am now retired

I miss: certainly there pies the easy going attitude of the people and rugby league they only play kick and rush down here


Judith Conroy from Gosport, Hampshire

Comments: Moved from Wigan in 2002. Used to live in the Gidlow Ln area and went to the Deanery High School

I miss: Miss my family as well as the local countryside; Haigh Hall, LL canal and so on.


Lauren Howard from Lancaster , Lancashire

Comments: I used to live in Orell above the Robin Hood ! . I now live in Lancaster . I moved in 2001 ish.

I miss: BEER ! Cheap BEER ! Pies


terry govan from wigan

Comments: born in abram then moved to swinley then left home ived in coops foyer then foglane then aspull then lostock then aspull then platt bridge then abram then spring field then swinley then standish think its time to settle down? lol

I miss:


Jane Richards (Padfield) from Derby

Comments: Went to Deanery School, miss every one from there. Cracking few years there before moved to Derby. Lived in Danesway, remeber the Arcades. meat & potato pies. uncle joes, getting into the rugby at half time for free!

I miss: Arcades. meat & potato pies. uncle joes, getting into the rugby at half time for free!


Margaret Rowden from Bath

Comments: I was born in Millers lane, Platt Bridge - 74 years ago next Wednesday. I went to the High School. I did music - taught it, but went over to Special Needs. Now, I live for my family - a son, daughter and 2 lovely grandaughters. My husband is blind, but copes very well. I also love my computer and what I can do with it.

I miss: barm cakes, meat & potato pies, a sense of belonging.Also, the humour


Sue Coleman nee Lewis from Lincoln

Comments: I used to live in Hindley Green, near the old Dunlops factory which burnt down - I remember the fire late at night. I left Wigan to join the army and never really moved back. Now living in Lincoln training as a student nurse.

I miss: Pooles pies, John Bull chophouse.


gemma magaret molloy from caernarfon

Comments: i use to live in 1 third avenue.I moved to north waels when i was a little girl. im looking foward to my new work in padarn lake in a cocktail bar.

I miss: i miss my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lorna Gimson from burnham bucks

Comments: I lived on bridgeman terrace opposite rylands mill. I attended St Michaels and then Hindley and Abram grammar school.I left in 1953 and moved to windsor. I remember betty Lucas Jill Pyett and david beatty. I am now a granny with 5 childrten and 4 grandchildren. I played viola in the school orchestra.

I miss: the peace and quiet, the sound of the mill girls walking to work, meat and potato pies, the miners on the back of the bus all covered in coal dust.


Luke Richardson from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Comments: I used to live in Aspull, and I moved away at 18. I am now a toxicologist working in the Newcastle University Trust.

I miss: I used to play rugby for St. Pats, miss those days, had alot of fun!


Russell Harding from North Waltham

Comments: Born in Billinge (who wasn't?) in 1958 now aged 51. Lived in Beech Hill, where Mum still does.Went to Grammar School till 1974.First job at Brocket Arms. Now managing a pub in Hampshire.

I miss: Latics, Wigan folk


Andy Measey from Halifax

Comments: I was born in the upstairs bedroom at 31 Poolstock Lane in 59, moved to Worsley Mesnes in 68. After finishing at college in 83 moved to Bradford to work in their Environmental Health Dept where I still work.

I miss: The lads i grew up with and those i played cricket with at Poolstock.


David Vernal from Birmignham

Comments: Wigan Lower Road, I moved in 2007, I am a Finance Planner now for successful Jewellers.

I miss: Cant get a decent Pie round here, and they dont put gravy on chips how mad is that.


paul morton from ipswich

Comments: used to live in pemberton, now a chef for bupa in ipswich. moved here about 12 years ago

I miss: the southerners dont know decent pies, and no proper chippies. i mean, no gravy! its wrong.


Neil Moorhouse from Edinburgh

Comments: I grew up in Hindley, went to St Benedict's Infants and Juniors and then to school in Bolton. I am a press spokesman, having worked as a journalist in different parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East and the Netherlands.

I miss: I have to admit, it really is pies. My mum has transported pies for me (Poole's, Greenalgh's and Holland's) all over the world. We had a disaster once as she left about two dozen behind on a ferry in Rotterdam. And people are really friendly in Wigan. Cliche though it sounds.


Maya Anaokar from London

Comments: Born Wigan, brought up in Parbold, school in Ormskirk, left Lancashire in 1981 and have never managed to make it back. Now down in London -- clearly I sinned in a previous life to be forced out of Eden. And jolly fed up of people asking me if I'm from Leeds. What's that all about?

I miss: Uncle Joes mint balls (sold down here like they were a delicacy instead of a staple of normal life), proper pies, people willing to have a chat with you while you stand at bus stop.


jack hollis from leigh lancs

Comments: hi moved to lobbyland in 64 married aleyther retired from bicc after 35 years nowt to do now only play golf watch wigan on sky

I miss: things i miss most tommy mosses climing those stairs tipsy wigan emp plattbridge pro and monoco in hindley argyle st school


John Stephen Johnston from Melton Mowbray

Comments: Born & breed at Pennington Hall farm Aspull 61, moved to Leicestershire in June 82 working on open cast sites. 85 started working with Heavy Haulage till 88, worked on a Farm for a year before going back to Leicester Heavy Haulage till 95. Started at Bradgate Containers as a driver moved onto the shop floor in 99 worked my way up to Transport Manager.

I miss: All my family that still live there, all the marrows of Aspull! Wigan Casino, Pempís, King of Clubs, Climbing over the school wall into Springfield park. The gang that drank in the Cross Keys Hindley 78/81 and McCadlish pies, but most of all playing in Borsdane wood as a kid.


Pauline Speirs(nee Marsh) from Richmond North Yorks

Comments: i used to live in Billinge,attended St.Peter's secondary school,Orrell,moved away with family in 1967 to yorkshire.

I miss: the accent,the people who are dead freindly,the pies . you can't get a decent meat and tatie pie in yorks!!!


Roger Gaskell from Newbury

Comments: Lived in Hawkley Hall and Pemberton.Left Wigan in 1980,spent several years working in the middle East.Borne in Higher Ince Kirkless street 1951.Went to Rose Bridge Methodist School.Moved to Pemberton in 1962,then attended Pemberton boys school.Lived in Newbury since 1984.

I miss: My Parents are both gone now,so dont get back to Wigan much.Miss many things from Wigan,including friends and relatives.Still have three sisters living in Wigan.Worked at Plessey in Lamberhead Green from 1968 to 1975.I retired from work early January last year.Spend a lot of time on the golf course.Been married to Janet for 39 years,we have a son and daughter,Melanie and David.We have one grandson Alfie he is 2 years old.It would be nice to here from anyone who remembers us from the past.


Susan Lewis (nee Holland) from Hythe. Kent

Comments: I went to school at The Convent ( or Notre Dame High School for young ladies actually!) until 1974 then worked as a cadet nurse at Billinge before starting my nurse training at Wigan Infirmary in 1976. in 1978 I met and became engaged to Latics player Kevin Smart (anyone remember him?) moved to Kent and been here ever since! 2 husbands later and now single again, thinking seriously of coming home to the busom of my family.

I miss: Everything really, especially the people. My family most of all, oh, not to mention the shopping in Manchester and Hollands pies of course!


kathleen bolton from rossendale

Comments: lived in scholes ans whelley. went to all saints frog lane. was kathleen green

I miss: friends


stacey from chorley

Comments: always lived in chorley but looking for a kenneth green who use to live in hindley anyone help?

I miss: kenneth green late 40s early 50s from hindley area


Lisa Prudence from Darwen

Comments: I was born in Billinge hospital, lived on Churchfield in Shevington until i was 5 then moved to Appley Bridge and stayed there until i was 15. Moved to Standish and left when i was 22. Live in Darwen now.

I miss: Wigan Park, Haigh Hall, and friendly faces


Christine Ackland (nee Hunter) from Southampton

Comments: I used to live in Logwood Ave and Scot Lane but moved to Southampton in 1964. I am still in contact with a some of my school friends who are still living in Wigan and it's through them that i heard about Wiganworld, which I have become addicted to.

I miss: The things I miss most are the old market with all the lovely meat stalls and of course Sanctus sweet stall. Meat and potato pies, black peas from the fair which had a completely different taste to anything I had ever tasted before or in fact since. I miss the Whit Walks although I'm told these don't happen now. How did our Mum's and Dad's afford for us to have new dresses for that special day? Happy days.


Eric Gaskell from Rugby

Comments: Born in 9 Bickershaw Lane, Abram and went to Holy Family, Cardinal Newman and John Rigby. Moved to Standish in 1975 and then went to Sunderland College of Art in 1977. Finally left Wigan in 1984 for the south (Hertfordshire) almost got back home in 1990, but only as far as Rugby!

I miss: All my friends that I left behind, many still living and working in Wigan. Saturday night and moving from The Clarence, The Brocket, The Market and then Pemps.


Ken Rutter from Wigan

Comments: Brenda Rutter from Brisbane can you come back to me on my email address kenmo30@talktalk.net thanks

I miss:


sally chittock from essex

Comments: l am trying to find any friends or family of late dad he was wigan born in 1907 john birchall

I miss:


margaret farrimond from manchester

Comments: I was born in billinge hosp 1948 was a twin to a boy Alec, lived in caroline st,chaple st & st thomas st & went to st thomas's school in caroline st. then onto all saints frog lane in 1959.married in 1966 moved to hindley green then in 1975 moved to manchester still here.divorced 1988.I remember Carol Fairhust,Pat Fitzgerald,Edna Clark,June Shufflebottom,Lynn Smith, Yvonne Edwards my best friend,Pat Farrimond my cousin.Vernon Cowley,Arthur Wright & Jimmy pigeon, Does anyone remember anyone.I have a photo of myself and a girl called Dorothy that live in the vine inn pub before the Dingsdale's moved in. Used to have sleepovers with Margaret Dingsdale as a child went to the same school.

I miss:


john baldwin from halifax

Comments: hi, anyone out there remember me? Gidlow school from 1976 -1979

I miss: rugby, football, beer etc etc


LAURA WALSH from KILKENNY

Comments: YOUST TA LIVE IN INCE.... MOVE TA IRELAND 10YRS AGO WIV THE FAMILY...... PROUD MAM OF A 2YR OLD AND HE LOVES LOBBIES LOL

I miss: OWWW GOD I MISS MEAT AN POTATO PIES ... FISH AND CHIPS AND LISTENIN TO THE OWLD LINGO


gary browitt from eastbourne

Comments: lived in delph st, wigan and now live eastboourne

I miss: i miss the old market, wigan casino, mesnes park, bandstand, rubbing the statues foot and the plantations and the cooling towers


Beryl Gibson nee Hedley from Braintree Essex

Comments: Lived in Ingram Street until 1959, and then Marsh Green until 1966. After marrying, lived in Pemberton and Winstanley. Moved to Essex in 1977. Widowed in 1995, 4 children, and eight grandchildren.

I miss:


jeff hunter from standish

Comments: i live in standish now but originally from higher ince

I miss: really important-trying to contact ian edwards formally of stubshaw cross-was best mates until 1985 when he moved to holland-would be fantastic if anyone knows how i can contact him.


Fred Bamber from Wingate

Comments: I was born in Poolstock and have remained a proud islander ever since. I run a small business consultancy which is a far cry from my days as an apprentice fitter at Mellings Iron Foundry and Walmsleys as a Marker Off. Moved from Wigan in 1994 to the North East and feel at times that I need to speak through an interpreter. Lovely people like Wiganners.

I miss: Miss a good pie as all we have are flaky pasties. Also no way can you get a steak pudding from the chippy. Miss watching Wigan Rugby and the Friday night pizzas and wine with friends. What I love is the respect people in the North East have for Wigan. So many places seem like Wigan and District. Must be the mining influence


billy meadows from preston

Comments: spring view

I miss: rugby


Debbie Green(mcmullen) from cannock, staffordshire

Comments: Used to live in whelley, moved away in nov 1986

I miss: family.Not going out and bumping into people i used to go to school with or work with


Christine Ackland (nee Hunter) from Southampton UK

Comments: Lived in Logwood Ave till 1956 then moved to Scot Lane Newtown till 1963. Then came to live down in Southampton.... settled here and married. Went to St Joseph's, St Cuthbert's and St Thomas More schools. Now retired. Yippee !!!!

I miss: Most of all I miss my family and friends but I also miss meat & potato pies, pea mixtures from the chippie especially upside down ones, Santus's invalid toffee, the Arcades and of course the market hall. Wonderful memories of Wigan will be with me always.


jack critchley from TAUNTON , sOMERSET

Comments: I lived in Sarginson street worked in the pit. played rugby and did a spot of profeesional wrestling. Move to Devon ran holiday camp with my wife Margaret fro Beech hill. we the did 12 years in America come backm in 209 I am 84

I miss: Rugby and going out with Wigan Wheelers


Clive Davenport from Peel, Isle of Man

Comments: Used to live in Holme Terrace. Remember the Cottrialls (57) and the Wilkinons, I think their dad was a painter and decorator. Civil Servant for 20 years to 1992. Moved to Isle of Man around 1996. Had various business interests including a Post Office on Isle of Man.

I miss: Pooles pies. Cheap beer. Queen's Hall church and loads of other things.


Geoffrey Smith from Manchester

Comments: I was born in Standish nr Pepper Lane, I worked at Wigan Emp until 67/68, I remmember Bill Blackledge and his Band very well, Latics lad since 1953. Left wigan area in 1983 after some matramonial probs, I still have some old pals around, you are all welcome to contact me if you think you know me. I sometimes make trip back on mondays and can be found having lunch in `THE MOON UNDER THE WATER` See you there look forward to hearing from you.

I miss: Pooles Pies from the shop, Wigan and Billie Boston, My mum, Pals and Girlfriends i knew, friends gone and some old latics players, Steve Penk, Doug Couts, Angus McClain, that was by designe to make you think.


dennis kearns from bolton

Comments: standishgate left wigan 1977 live in bolton work in bury at accident repair centre i enjoy fellrunning and cycling next adventure cycle to malaga from bolton 1500 miles

I miss: town centre wigan park haigh hall where i spent most of my youth


Patricia Roberson ( Edgar) from Cambridge

Comments: I lived in Delph Street and went to Wigan Convent.Married at St John,s church does anyone remember me, if so please get in touch.

I miss: My sister, wigan park, and all my friends.


Pauline Oliver from Standish

Comments: I used to live in Wigan. Now retired and playing golf and crown green golf, not time for anything else. I went to Sacred Heart School at Springfield.

I miss: Woolworths, Whit walks, wigan fair and black peas.


Walter Southern from North Yorkshire

Comments: Born in Aspull, went to Aspull Methodist school between 1952 & 1958 then Aspull County Secondary the first day it opened, Mr Firth was the Headmaster. Moved to Yorkshire with my job 28yrs ago. Come back for the occassional visit see friends and familly and the old place.

I miss: MY YOUTH, i'm 64 yrs old and some of the old characters I knew, sadly, some have gone now. Oh yes, the Minors when I was a kid Saturday mornings at the Ritz, and a ginger beer at Boltons chemist on Scholes when we walked home.


Mike Evanson from St Helens

Comments: Couldn't stand Wigan any more. Hopeless arrogance and conceit amongst its people. It is not the best town in the world. It's not even the best place to live in the borough. Nuclear attack would be too kind to it.

I miss: Nothing. If I ever see the place again it'll be too soon.


coln bond from sandown isle of wight

Comments: formerley from ashcroft ave beech hill moved to ruskin ave worsley mesnes in the late fifties since moving to the iow in 1972 done a verity of jobs lifegaurd on the beach.deck chairs for the council. hotel work.bingo caller got married.had to get a proper job worked as drayman at ventnor brewery for 15 years untill it closed march 2009 i now work for a company called vikoma who deal with oil spills around the world

I miss: theres a couple of wigan people down here who i mate with we are known as iow pie eaters. we watch the super league every friday in our local pub were big warriors fans and try to come up for a couple of games a season hopfully we will be at wembley in august


kenneth charnock from ipswich

Comments: 17 queens st wallgate wigan.moved to newburgh,then burscough then ipswich suffolk.caravan technician.moved to suffolk in 1965,after my mother died to live with my mothers sister.still a keen wigan rugby league fan.attended gidlow secondary school at beech hill 1960 to 1964.would be pleased to hear from any former pupils l was in class b and in nelson house and jack sharrocks dinner monitor.

I miss: fish and chips, pigeion peas served in a cup at the old wigan fare when it was held on the market square.the wiganers for there friendlyness even to a complete stranger.central park on a saturdayafternoon standing in the hen pen or the spion cop stand.


william campbell from westhoughton

Comments: i am now retired,made redundant from walmsleys pagefield works wigan in 1971 employed as joiner.i wonder if anyone remembers, tommy beetham who i believe was an ex wigan prop. he was the plumber at walmsleys.a giant of a guy

I miss:


Andrea Steele (Shawcross) from Surrey

Comments: Born Billinge Hospital 1957. Brought up in Kitt Green.Attended Abraham Guest School in Orrell from 68-73. Worked for one year at Gullick Dobson then attended Wigan Tech from 74-76. Left Wigan in 82 and have lived all over the world. Now happily settled in Surrey.Parents still live in Wigan and just visited them Aug.2011.The town has changed considerably, but I like that.Was very proud to show town centre and surrounding countryside to my two sons and their respective girlfriends (all southerners). Disappointed not to recognize any familiar faces.

I miss: My family, the accent (wonderful to be called "luv" again), friendly shop assistants, Woolworths (where my sister and I used to share a very frothy banana milkshake at the cafe counter), being able to strike up a conversation with anyone without looking like you've lost your marbles.


Terry Berry from York

Comments: Born in Douglas Street, Newtown. Lived in Thorburn Road, Norley Hall. Went to Pemberton Primary, Robert Lewis schools and 1 term at Thomas Linacre before moving to York in the late fifties. Loved rugby league since I saw Wigan play at Central Park. It cost me threepence (3d) in old money to get into the hen pen.

I miss: Pies definately, blak peas at the fair and Uncle Joe's mintballs.


jane glover nee deakin from westhoughton

Comments: i lived in gloucester crescent then moved to argyle st i also went to argyle school 1960 /64 i moved to westhoughton when i married in 1972 i worked in horwich 31 years making toilet roll's and it's were i met my husband

I miss: monaco on saturday's and monday's and schoolfriends


frank alan taylor from leyland

Comments: used to live in Billinge Road near delph.Moved to Leyland in 1976.Was electrician at Roburite until 1994.Went to Highfield school then Wigan Grammar.

I miss: Hare and Hounds pub Billinge Road,and Railway pub Highfield when Dick Bolton was waiting on,about 1962.Sportsmans Club etc.


CHELL SINGLETON from sussex

Comments: Hello. Any loonies used to to live in Wigan. xxxx

I miss: Fish and chips. m&p pies. xxxx AND DAD. XXXXX


Terence Berry from York

Comments: Used to live in Douglas St., Newtown, and then movved into new house in Thorburn Road, Norley Hall before emigrating to the other side of the Pennines in 1958. Used to be a Professional Photographer with my own studio before I had to retire due to poor health.

I miss: Still come back occasionally for for a real meat and potato pie followed by an Uncle Joe's mintball.


Kathleen Grady (nee Winstanley) from wigan

Comments: Helvellyn Rd, Pemberton, Living in Richmond St Poolstock, still working, worked in newspapers for many years,at the moment working in a publishing firm,just like to say hello to Pat in Holland,

I miss:


anthony gosling from st helens

Comments: lived in orrell went to st peters high school from 1969 1973 before that went to st james rc scool

I miss: miss wigan casino, billinge hospital,


robert anderton from bournemouth

Comments: Born billinge 1941.lived in kitt green.worked in mines for 6 years great education.Left in 1963.worked as engineer for 15 years.went to univesity became lawyer. then univesity lecturer.

I miss: The directness of the people. Wiganers have an honesty you dont find in many places.I still return on regular basis just to keep that sense of reality in myself.


kay swindells from manchester

Comments: lived at poolstock lane. moved to newtown wigan when i was ten yrs old. i have two children been with my hubbs for 26 yrs,imoved to manchester in 87.

I miss: just the people and childhood memories,and the pies


Kathryn Cutler from BOURNEMOUTH

Comments: I used to live in Whelley till 1978 then moved to Bournemouth originally for 3 months I have now lived here 34 years. Wigan will always be home.

I miss: meat and potato pies,mixtures from the chippy. friendly Wiganers


Steve McEvoy from Wigan

Comments: Heyup folks. I'm not an expat but I saw the name of an owd mate of mine on here and couldn't register to leave a message on the message board so I'm trying this way. Jimmy Roberts?? now in Memphis (I think) Did you work for Duggies Jimmy? With little Cliff and Dennis? Worked on British Gas job in Stockport? Does anone know Jimmy? Am i on the right track?

I miss: Nowt - I'm still here!


Debbie Roberts (nee Crabtree) from Abergelee, North Wales

Comments: Born in Billinge hospital 1962, lived in Holt St Higher Ince and went to Ince Central. Got posh and moved to Wigan Road Standish in 1970! Lol!Went ti Mabs Cross and Gidlow for a bit. "Emigrated" to Wales in 1972, married in 1988 to Neil and have 2 gorgeous boys "Loz" and "Ellz".

I miss: Still go back- got family and friends there. Miss the friendly Wigan chat. Miss the humour!! They don`t laugh a lot, the Welsh! Lol! Would move back tomorrow if we could.


Kathryn Bennett from nr Ullapool

Comments: Lived on Whitley Crescent for over 20 years, then stayed around Swinley area. Regular at the Cherry Gardens and then Pemps

I miss: Pemps Wigan baths


barry maloney from cardiff

Comments: lived in whelley roach green moved in 1976 minibuse driver

I miss: family meat and prater pies going to rivington pike on easter and lots more


Pat Barkley from Wrexham

Comments: Used to live in dene grove plank lane. Moved to Wales in 82. Now teaching English but would love to get in touch with anyone from plank lane who used to know me.

I miss: Bees knees, Garrick night club, charmless book shop, steak and kidney puddings, Lancashire hot pot


Mary Escolme nee Atherton from Pendine

Comments: Left Wigan in 1974 when I got married. Moved to Gloucester. Had 3 children. Divorced 1994. Moved to West Wales in 2007

I miss: Everything!!


Susan Cookson (nee Round) from Pwllheli

Comments: I lived in Standish from 1953 when born until 1975 and spent my youth at Comet Youth Club, The Casino and The Palais, also many hours in The Commercial pub . The Room at the Top where we gathered on sunday afternoons to hear great music, Sloopys club where we went when the pubs closed again to listen to good music. I went to Wigan Girls High School from 1964 - 1969. I am still in touch with a few of my schoolfriends and we meet up regularly.

I miss: Double Diamond in The Comemrcial, Pooles Pie Shop on Wallgate and the lovely shop with individual booths where you could sit and savour their pies also I once had a birthdsy party upstairs in the cafe in Mesnes Park.


Linda Houghton from Appleby

Comments: Primsrose Grove, Montrose Ave. Worsley Hall Estate, Ridyard St.Pemberton, Wallgate. Went to Scot Lane Junior then St Marks Miss Snelson was headmistress, then on to Wigan Tec married and moved 1961, Worked in finance mostly until 2003 I now visit clients in their own homes to enable them to be independent as long as possible.

I miss: The people and accent also the pies


Toni Francis nee Forster from chatteris

Comments: moved to london and found it too busy so moved to Surrey and found it too busy so now live in the Fens - definitely not too busy

I miss: Pies mainly chippies with decent chips rock night Mesnes Park


Sue Cookson (nee Round and Hammond) from Pwllheli North Wales

Comments: I lived in Standish and went to Wigan Girls High School. In my teens we frequented the Commercial Inn, Casino, Palais, Blutos, Room at the Top,Sloopys etc. I am still in touch with some schoolfriends and we meet up a few times a year, would be lovely to hear from anyone that remembers me!!

I miss: I miss my friends, the friendly warm people, the Wigan accent, Pooles Pies, The Commercial's Double Diamond and so much more, Happy Days!


Judith Howes Adams Grant from Waycross, Ga

Comments: I lived on Brock Mill Lane, off Wigan Lane nr the Cherry Gardens. Went to Wigan Girls High School both in Standishgate then the Whitley facility. My Mum taught in various schools all over Wigan, finishing at Scot Lane. She was Joan Molyneaux Howes.

I miss: I miss my family, pies and chips and just walking the streets where I grew up.


Ann Brown from Newcastle upon Tyne

Comments: Maiden name Smalley, Went to Notre Dame High School, Wigan from 1965 to 1970. Lived in Ashton in Makerfield.

I miss: Would like to contact old school friends from Notre Dame if anyone out there remember me, please.


Roy Harrison from Newcastle

Comments: I lived in Back Lane, Appley Bridge till 1971.My mother died in1996 and since then ive lost touch.

I miss: Miss watchin Wigan Warriors, the countryside and proper chips, barmcakes and Pooles pies.


Pat Roberson ( Edgar) from Cambridge

Comments: I livedm in Delph Street and went to the Notre Dame Convent, became a teacher married and had two boys.

I miss: <y sister Pauline, Southport, Mesnes Park etc.,


susan robinson from sheffield

Comments: born in Standish Lower Ground as susan francis married harry robinson in 1970 lived in baytree road beech hill but moved to northampton in 1972 with harry's job(tsb)then cambridge in 1980 then sheffield in1982 been here ever since but still a lancastrian at heart.harry would not have left wigan if WAFC had been in the F/League in 1972.my passion has always been Rugby League Harry sadly died in 2003 whilst we were in Amsterdam

I miss: Central Park, Wigan Casino


alan fairclough from wolverhampton

Comments: Born and brought up in scholes,went to whelley school and spent many years as a d j in and around the wigan area inc: Tiffanys , Mr Ms ( casino ) and Leos. Left wigan in 1976 to work at Rockafellas in Guernsey then returned to live in the midlands to work with local and national groups. I have for the last 20+ years worked in the transport industry with my present position as logistics operations manager for a Cardiff based company.

I miss: Simply everything especially the girls, wigan lasses are the best on earth without a doubt but i do miss a proper pie and the labour club culture.


malcolm horrocks from isle of lewis

Comments: I used to live in haigh ,nr aspull and am the ex lanlord of the balcarres arms, recently moved to the isle of lewis with family.

I miss: wigan rugby, st pats arlfc,uncle joes mint balls and a good pub!!!


william hartington from derby derbyshire

Comments: born on Ince green lane in 1938,moved to 9 sharp street in 1939. Attended ince central junior school before going to rose bridge secondary left in 1953. became an apprentice engineer at horwich loco and got married in 1961 at standish st wilfreds.moved to derby as a railway engineer in 1960.have 3 sons now all grown up and flown the roost.presently 74

I miss: still have an elder sister at hindley and a younger brother at ashton. was present at the record crowd at central park when wigan played st helens on good friday.used to watch wigan from the 3d hen pen as a youngster 1947-1950.walkers mild no longer available and the pies not the same.folks are still a delight and I quickly return to my native accent whenever I visit. proud to be an INCER.


Syd Hall from Wigan

Comments: HAVE NOT MOVED? STILL LIVE IN WIGAN A old pal of mine by the name of Alan Harrison emigrated to Australia around 45 years ago? He was formally married to an Alice Cartwright from Norley Hall. They had a couple of kids but spilt up and Alice emigrated to join her brother in Aus? Alan followed her couple of years later. We both served together in the R.A.M.C at Catterick military hospital 1954/55. Would be grateful for any information on his whereaboutsí. Syd Hall Email rhall21464@aol.com

I miss:


Christine Ackland nee (Hunter) from Southampton

Comments: I use to lived in Logwood Ave and then Scot Lane Newtown. Moved down south in 1964 but would love to hear from anyone who can remember me.

I miss: Pea mixtures....(can only get pea fritters here)..Pooles meat and potato pies...and yummy potato cakes, and of course all the lovely people I knew in those great days.


christine ann thompson from wigan

Comments: Always lived in Wigan area. Now Standish. Retired teacher living with husband Stewart Thompson Went to Wigan Girls High School in the 60s

I miss: Still in there. Eating pies and goid fish and chips


Ashton from Wn49py

Comments: Downall green retired mech engmoved 40years ago toashton

I miss: Reasonably priced beer unpleasant surroundings with genuine people to have a good laugh with


Graham Lynn from Cleveleys

Comments: Chief projectionist County Cinema in the 60s many memories to share

I miss: The cinemas of the 50 60s


Jean Prior from Shetland Isles

Comments: I have lived within a 3 mile radius of Wian from birth in 1950 until October 2009 when i originally went to shetland for 6 months then 12 months to help with my grandchildren and was lucky enough to get a little bungalow in Bigton south mailand of Shetland near st ninians isle on a good day I can see the Island of Foula. I went to St Patricks school in the 50s then Our Lady's in Aspull then Aspull High until 1965.I'm now retired if a grandma ever retires!I have 4 grandaughters in shetland and a super grandson in wigan. I visit Wigan twice a year to see friend and family.

I miss: Poundland,Greenhalghes,etc and of course my family and friends.


Margaret Jean Prior from Shetland Isles

Comments: I always lived within a 3 mile radius of wigan. I was born in Dunbarton Green parents moved to whelley, then Aspull where I went to Our Ladys on Haigh Rd then to Aspull Secondary where I made some great friends and I have very fond memories in my class was Ann Barstow,Jennifer Jones,Joan Hough,Thomas Corfield,Maurice Evans,David McAndrew to name but a few.I'm now divorced and living happily in Shetland I have two sons in their 40s and 5 grandchildren aged for 5 weeks to 10yrs old 4 grandaughters and 1 grandson. I come down to Wigan twice a year to visit family and friends. My last job was a mortgage advisor for Alliance & Leicester,I am now happily retired.

I miss: I miss Greenhalghes low GI bread and the pound shops.


Elsie Smith from Chester

Comments: I worked for many years on the old bus station. Most ladies over a certain age will remember me when l looked after the parcel office and the ladies toilets. Ahhh happy days. I love living in Chester but l do miss my mates Wigan Market and my neighbours in Billinge Road newtown.

I miss: I miss most of all wigan folks because they are sooo friendly and helpfull.


Hazel McManus from Accrington

Comments: Born and bred in Wallgate/Pemberton, moved away 30 years ago.

I miss: Everything about Wigan


Arthur McCreery from Radcliffe Manchester

Comments: I was born on City Road Kitt Green in 1940 and moved to Radcliffe in 1960.I worked in the papermaking trade but I am now retired.I still follow the fortunes of Wigan Warriors but the last time I saw them live was in 1962.

I miss: There are many things that I miss about the old place, like drinking in my favourite boozers,which included The Old Springs,The Miners Arms,The Brookhouse Inn,and The Swan on Pemberton to mention but a few.The beers I remember were Greenall Whitley, Magee Marshal,and Walkers Warrington.All sadly no more.As for the pies,there was no finer corner filler than a meat and tater pie on a buttered barmcake!! The first time I told my workmates about this delicacy,they looked at me in disgust.As did the wife.But then,they are not Wiginers,are they!


john Babb from colne

Comments: Lived and worked in Hindley after leaving school for 30 years until 1990. now retired and living near the Yorkshire Dales but on our side of the border.

I miss: Parking. taking an hour from wigan to Hindley.


Arthur Moss from Wokingham

Comments: Used to live at Hampson Green, Red Rock. Married Margaret Carter from Pemberton in 1964 and moved to Fleetwood. Worked in Electricity Generating stations at Westwood, Fleetwood, Huncoat (near Accrington) and in Northumberland before moving to work for Slough Estates, (now Segro) in their power station. Retired in 2003

I miss: Get back to Wigan every now and then to stock up on Uncle Joes mint balls, Pork pies and Meat and Potato Pies. Also miss Thwiates draught ales.


June(ashurst) now fleetwood from Wigan

Comments: Born in foundry st. Wigan 1948 father John James ashurst known as jack born, jan 1920. Parents Jane and William lived in schofield lane looking for an aunt or cousins moved to Canada uncle Jimmy Jones lived .two doors from spotted cow pub.

I miss:


joe graney from newport wales

Comments: stanmoor drive aspull moved 1999 electrical engineer formery coalmines bickershaw parsonage

I miss: miss peope i sociaised with and workmates


Stephen Sherry formally Norman Melling from Bolton

Comments: Hi all! Wondering if any of you can remember the names of any Chinese Restaurants/take-aways in the Whelley or Scholes area way back in '68! Trying to trace my dad-who is of Oriental origin but don't even know his name, all I know is he was an employee or owner at one of these places & was involved in a brief relationship with my mum, Jean (Melling at the time, formally Bromilow, maiden name Williams) who has since passed away without disclosing any information about him to me! The names of some businesses from back then would be a start!..

I miss: My Dad!


w lyon from macclesfield

Comments: woodhouse lane electrical wholesaler

I miss: my parents backery wigan pubs


Avril Leech from Worcester

Comments: Born Avril Harter 1947 - lived Liverpool Road Platt Bridge. Moved away 1977. Worked for Kay & co ltd till 1983. Then worked for Worcestershire NHS both Acute and for Mental Health until retired this year.

I miss: Meat and potato pies (or should that be potato and meat?). Sound of Northern voices - the dialect.


Thomas hall from Littleborough

Comments: Lived in worsley hall and norley hall est,worked at gkn,sankeys,ma peters

I miss: My mates, and a good laugh


Barbara Sheard from Stafford

Comments: Grew up in Orrell, went to Abraham Guest, on to Wigan Tech. Worked in payroll office at HJ Heinz. Moved to Stafford in 1979

I miss: Old friends, old Wigan market. Pear drops & pies


Stuart Campbell from Edinburgh

Comments: Used to live in UpHolland, may not technically be Wigan but I am a proud Wiganer! Massive Wigan Athletic fan, always enjoy getting to Wigan for a game, going to Galloways for a Pie and for old times sake hitting some of the rockier bars around there!

I miss: Music. Pie. Al'reet. Cheap things. Pie. Don't miss the trains to Manchester!


Alan Trevor Templeton from Stamford Bridge, North Yorkshire

Comments: I live at (I think) 22 Alvanley Close, Kit Green, and went to Abraham Guest school. I only lived there for about 4 years, I had moved from Liverpool, and have many happy memories, from my time in Wigan. I left in 1969 to join the RN, and never returned, except for the odd visit to look up old friend in the mid/late 80's. I now live in a village. Few miles east of York, and work in the estate department of York St. John University - think seriously of taking earlier retirement (where have all the years gone ??).

I miss: Friend from school, Dennis Smith, Gary Ormesher, David Rutter, Richard Senior, a couple of girls I remember from school Katherine Fishwick (orrell Pos), and Carol Ashurts (lived near Abraham Guest school). I miss messing about in deans wood on my motorbike with friends, if anyone knows any of the above, please let me know, I'd like to know how their getting on.


Rachel Keeling from Grenoble

Comments: Lived in Ashton-in-makerfield, went to Byrchall high school. Moved to France for husbands job.

I miss: Pies and gravy!


joseph torrtellano \stevan heathcote from northwich

Comments: when i was 3 i was adopted in wigan my morther was call mary roberts before she married can anybody help to trace her please

I miss: my parents


John collier from Carlisle

Comments: I was born in Whiteside ave Springfield Joined Army in 1950 stayed in Carlisle Remember when what I was told Springfield Hall being demolished when I was a small boy in the 30 s it was near football ground Beech hill end

I miss: Wigan old market My family in St Andrews Churchyard


susan sharples from york

Comments: went to school at Notre Dame Standishgate 1968 - 73

I miss:


Graham Lowe from Ruwais Abu Dhabi and Bangkok

Comments: Used to live in Golborne. Attended John Fisher 77-82. (anyone out there remember those days?) Then Uni in Manchester. Im a Chemistry teacher for the Abu Dhabi National Oil company school. Before that teaching in Bangkok 8 years before that Brisbane. Moved for the money. Married to a Thai lady with 1 lovely daughter. Going to live in Phuket once Im done.

I miss: Rain! Clouds Cool weather, The plantations and Haigh Hall. A beer in the swan and railway, springfield and the silverwell. Pooles pies and mushy peas although I love thai food. Central Park on SUNDAYS. Never took to the souless JJB. The old wigan market hall, The baked potato shop at the bus station. Blutos! anybody remember that place?


Johnny Peters from Canvey Island, Essex

Comments: Moved from Wigan in 1971 to Essex. Used to live in Pemberton and Worsley Mesnes. I am now retired and married with grown-up son and daughter who recently married. I enjoy keeping fit, drawing & painting, socializing and holidays.

I miss: Casino club pre Northern Soul, pubs, Crawford Rooms, RATT, Wigan RLC, friends...and of course those meat pies!


steven varey from isle of man

Comments: I was born at number 1 wooddagger close in Hindley in 1963. I lived there till December 2013. I decided to change my life and a friend of mine took me to the isle of man as she too was wanting something else better out of life. anyhow to cut a long story short I ended up moving here and she didn,t she still says to this day that I stole her dream. I am so privileged, I go to the beach and sea fish everyday and I feed the wild sea lions. you can,t do that on the leeds Liverpool canal.

I miss: I miss the pies. chips and pea wet. scratchins. and of course the sense of humour


ian mccarthy from Moylegrove

Comments: Lived in Mitchell Street, Newtown before marrying and moving to Winstanley and then RobyMill. moved to Pembrokeshire in 2005. Now retired.

I miss: Wigan Rugby, the Commercial pub (demolished years ago), Lancashire! Greenhalgh's pies!!


bill ford from dorset

Comments: I usd to live in norley rd, kitt green moved to dorset in 1984 and have recently retired. Still watch football at my local club and sad to see the sorry plight of wigan athletic given the great time had at wembley when we beat man. City

I miss: Characters and obviously the meat and potato pies


Judith leeland from Dundee

Comments: Lived on landgate estate and went to Ashton in makerfield school my family moved to Scotland in 1971 when I was aged 15

I miss: Family and friends


Alan Law from Wigan

Comments: born Wigan 1950 worsley n norley hall n Newtown . St Helens . Moved to Aus. In 1974 . Miss my relatives,the ent. In the wmc clubs, my mates,Wigan Warriors ,the sense of humour.

I miss: as above


Ella Shepherd nee Cunningham from Wigan

Comments: I live in Wigan I love reading about Wigan people in fact I contacted a cousin through this site. Best wishes. Ella. W

I miss:


Gerard Taylor from St.Ives Cornwall

Comments: Last house in wigan was ParkRd,moved here 1972.left school at fourteen,apprentice at HHtimberlakes garage.Two years army.Was a member of AllSaints CLBrigade from nine years old untill twentyfive.Always a proud Wiganer

I miss: Pies was my first thought,Wigan Warriors next.My memories more about Central Park.JIM SULLIVAN was my boss at Whelley garage for a while.several Wigan supporters down here.Jack Mcgrath was the owner of the garage,daughter ran the place.


don baker from stretham nr ely cambridge

Comments: lived in roby mill moved to southport nation service 1955/1957 met my wife moulin rouge dance hall

I miss: dancing empress ballroom farmers ball etc used to meet up ln victoria hotel next to wallgate railway station on saturday with about ten mates roy fairhurst alan eric sixsmith roy was from garswood


Sylvia Letson nee Heath from Cullen, Moray Firth

Comments: I am now living in N/E Scotland after retiring from a wonderful career in Nursing.I have tried many times to re connect with my training school nurse and would love to hear from anybody who remembers me.

I miss: I miss the wonderful Lancashire people who will remain with me forever.I do visit home when I can and love walking down memory lane


Robert Hubert Meyrick from High Peak

Comments: 42 Jodrell Meadow Whaley Bridge

I miss:


Susan Woods from Knighton

Comments: Used to live Norley Hall, Hindley Green, Kitt Green. Left in 2013 for A quieter life in the country.

I miss: Still miss friends Warriors Latics and of course Pies!


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