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Free For All!
Friday 4th September, 2009

FANCY seeing one of the borough’s art treasures or touring round Leigh Town Hall?

Buildings in Wigan and Leigh will throw open their doors next weekend (11th to 13th September) for free as part of National Heritage Open Days.

Wigan’s mighty Trencherfield Mill engine, Wigan Town Hall and the bustling railway station painting “Going North” by George Earl will all be available to view free as part of a packed weekend to celebrate the nation’s hidden treasures.

In Leigh, people can tour round Leigh Town Hall, Leigh Parish Church and enjoy an action packed series of events and activities called “Leigh For All”.

Heritage walks, a vintage car show, cookery demonstrations and an archives tour and talk are just some of the highlights.

It’s all part of a national celebration of England’s architecture and culture by English Heritage.

In Wigan and Leigh the weekend has been co-ordinated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) who manage heritage, library and arts events on behalf of Wigan Council.

Carole Tyldesley, Head of Heritage Services for WLCT, said: “Every year we throw open our doors to celebrate our borough’s heritage.

“There’s lots to see and get involved in and best of all it’s free.

“So make this weekend your weekend of discovery.”

Visitors to Leigh will also be able to experience a unique exhibition when it opens on 12 September.

Your Story Our History runs at the Turnpike Gallery, Leigh from 12th September to 26th September. Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust has asked local people to donate historical objects that are important to them and to the history of Wigan and Leigh to form this one of a kind exhibition.

For more information visit www.wlct.org/heritage or call 01942 828 128.

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