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Wigan has some of the most deprived neighbourhoods
Started by: basil brush (13134) Report abuse
in the country, says charity


Posted by: PeterP (7402) Report abuse
Try having a walk round Blackpool away from the sea front and see if Wigan compares with it

Posted by: TerryW (3248) Report abuse
How many years have they been saying this now?

Posted by: basil brush (13134) Report abuse
Peter I saw that on the breakfast news the other day, this morning it showed you Penzance, awful.

Posted by: aussie94 (2313) Report abuse
Well this does not surprise me , I drove around the NW last year, it was a shadow of what it was back in the 60s. Times change , i know and we all move on . But I think the placce is in decline ,

Posted by: TerryW (3248) Report abuse
I blame Orwell.

Posted by: priscus (7781) Report abuse
Do you think that no one would have noticed if he had not mentioned it?

Posted by: sonlyme (2444) Report abuse
Unfortunately the halcyon days of the fifties has gone.neighbourhoods have vanished and very few people care anymore.At one time you knew everyone in your street but its not the same now.deprivation todayis not the same as it was 50 years ago

Posted by: tonker (20317)   Report abuse
Deprivation was a lot worse 50 years ago!

Posted by: baker boy (15257) Report abuse
dont think thats just the old wigan borough try all of WMBC.

Posted by: sonlyme (2444) Report abuse
agreed tonker

Posted by: TerryW (3248) Report abuse
@ Tonker

Posted by: TerryW (3248) Report abuse
The Road to Wigan Pier

“The train bore me away, through the monstrous scenery of slag-heaps, chimneys, piled scrap-iron, foul canals, paths of cindery mud criss-crossed by the prints of clogs. This was March, but the weather had been horribly cold and everywhere there were mounds of blackened snow. As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her—her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye. She had a round pale face, the usual exhausted face of the slum girl who is twenty-five and looks forty, thanks to miscarriages and drudgery; and it wore, for the second in which I saw it, the most desolate, hopeless expression I have ever-seen. It struck me then that we are mistaken when we say that ‘It isn’t the same for them as it would be for us,’ and that people bred in the slums can imagine nothing but the slums. For what I saw in her face was not the ignorant suffering of an animal. She knew well enough what was happening to her—understood as well as I did how dreadful a destiny it was to be kneeling there in the bitter cold, on the slimy stones of a slum backyard, poking a stick up a foul drain-pipe.”

They have no idea about being deprived today.

Posted by: broady (15345)   Report abuse
Correct Tonker. Joseph Rowntree? I thought they made chocolate?

Posted by: baker boy (15257) Report abuse
we talk of 15 deaths of homeless people in the last few years ,bet there was close on 15 deaths a week in those days.
britain is a far,far better place today than then.
stop moaning, start celebrating, brexit is nearly upon the country..


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