Comment by irene roberts on 5th February 2018 at 09:49
A canal-side pub...what a lovely sight. Mine's a half and a bag of pork scratchings, please!
Comment by Mick on 5th February 2018 at 16:18
Wouldnt you be on gills Irene.
Comment by irene roberts on 5th February 2018 at 17:55
Yes, but I doubt they'd know what I meant, Mick!
Comment by dougie on 5th February 2018 at 19:13
Never known them to sell beer by the gill mick,
Comment by Andrew on 5th February 2018 at 20:02
When my parents went out at weekends it was always for "a few gills"!
Comment by Veronica on 5th February 2018 at 20:43
My dad used to say 'gills' but I can't say I have heard it since. Another word that's died out. It sounds more refreshing somehow.
Comment by irene roberts on 5th February 2018 at 21:14
A half-pint measure was always known as "a gill" in Wigan and local areas. There was even a pub in Leigh called "The Comfortable Gill"; don't know if it's still there.
Comment by Gordon d on 5th February 2018 at 21:30
No more locks please dave
Comment by Jinksi on 5th February 2018 at 22:39
dougle,never heard of a Gill of Bitter ,supt plenty int Manley & Black Diamond Lower Ince.
Comment by Elizabeth on 6th February 2018 at 08:30
I remember people calling half pints gills when I was growing up in Ince.
Comment by PeterP on 6th February 2018 at 10:45
Could never understand why people used to ask for a Gill of bitter when there were FOUR Gills to a pint
Comment by irene roberts on 6th February 2018 at 12:09
It was never correct, PeterP, but just how it was said round here, just a little Wigan "quirk", like a packet of "crisp" when we all know it's really "crisps", and notices stating, "Caution, the floor is slippy", rather than "slippery". Just how we put things round here.
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