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Own a Piece of Wigan Pier’s Heritage
Thursday 14th February, 2008

Local community groups, schools and heritage buffs are being given a unique chance to take away a piece of Wigan Pier’s illustrious history.

An open day is being held at The Way We Were at Wigan Pier on Saturday 23rd February between 10am and 2pm where people can bid for a range of replica items formerly displayed at the much loved heritage attraction.

The Way We Were closed in December 2007. Items on offer include the Victorian lamps, the famous seaside display, various mannequins and other scenery items. None of the official heritage collection will be available for offer.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Heritage Services Manager Carole Tyldesley said: “We are currently in the process of decommissioning The Way We Were building. As part of the process we would like to give people the opportunity to own their own piece of the centre’s history. Many of the items could be re-used by groups in the community, other museums or local schools.

“Nothing original or donated is available but some of the scenery items are instantly recognisable as part of The Way We Were. Legally we have to charge a small fee for items but the intention is that these items are put back into good use across the borough.”

Following the open day, all offers need to be received in writing by Friday 7th March. Items will be offered to the highest bidder. Successful bidders must arrange collection by Friday 14th March.

The Way We Were open day takes place on Saturday 23rd February between 10am and 2pm. Interested parties must telephone 01942 776088 to secure a place at the open day.

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