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John Stapleton Celebrates the History of Wigan
Tuesday 12th April, 2011

Presenter John Stapleton will be looking into Wigan’s past for a new history series on BBC Radio Manchester.

The programme, which will be broadcast on Friday, 15th April, is part of a series celebrating the heritage and history of each of Greater Manchester’s ten Metropolitan Boroughs.

The series will investigate the people, places and events that have shaped the towns and cities of the region - from the Industrial Revolution, through Empire and World Wars to social changes of the 60’s and 70’s.

‘John Stapleton’s History of Wigan’ will explore the life of Wigan-born George Formby, including rare archive of Formby talking about entertaining the troops in the Second World War and a look at how his most famous hits are now being made into dance tracks.

The programme also looks at the Northern Soul movement, with the man behind the famous Wigan Casino, Russ Winstanley, reflecting on how the venue helped to make the town renowned for its music scene in the 1970’s.

John says: "Being from Greater Manchester myself, I was delighted to be a part of this series. It's a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of our towns and cities and the impact that their history has had on the world we know today.

“Wigan has been well known for its music since local legend George Formby rose to fame, and we celebrate this musical heritage in the programme.”

‘John Stapleton’s History of Wigan’ can be heard on BBC Radio Manchester, 95.1 FM/ DAB on Friday, 15th April,12noon - 1pm.

The programme will also be available to listen to again at bbc.co.uk/manchester.


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