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New for old - Young builders go back to the future
Monday 9th November, 2009

Young people from Wigan are preparing for a real trip down memory lane and they just might have a look at the brickwork and pointing along the way.

On Thursday November 12, Wigan Council will be hosting a special event aimed at enticing young people working and studying within the construction industry to take a look back and learn more about old-fashioned building techniques.

Entitled Back to the Future 1 – the event is one of a series which will be taking place in November as part of the Wigan Pier Quarter Townscape Heritage Initiative. The aim is to raise awareness about heritage and conservation skills.

Back to the Future is a chance for young people aged between 17 and 24, who are students on construction courses or apprentices working within the industry to find out more about traditional building techniques. The event also offers young people a chance to improve their skills.

The session will be delivered by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings and will concentrate on the expertise needed to bring older buildings back up to standard.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Regeneration, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “Our borough has a wealth of iconic and historic buildings so it’s really important that we encourage the younger generation of trades and crafts-people that live in Wigan to develop the skills needed to preserve this heritage for all of us.

“There can be few more rewarding jobs than the restoration of buildings that help to bring our history and culture back to like but currently there is a shortage within the industry of people with the right skills for this type of work.

“We hope his event will help to bring new blood to what is a very important area.”
Back to the Future is one of a series of events organised by the council as part of the Wigan Pier Quarter Townscape Heritage Initiative which are all aimed to raise awareness about local heritage issues.

The event, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is free but booking is essential. All those taking part will receive a certificate.

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