Comment by Helen of Troy on 17th February 2018 at 07:46
Am I right in thinking the Royal Arcade was what I knew as the Little Arcade near BHS ? If it is, the shop on the left was called Bon Marche...not the Bon Marche of today.... I remember being bought my red leather tap shoes there, when I used to go to the Moss Dancing School, opposite the original bus station & along from Hope Congregational Church.
Comment by irene roberts on 17th February 2018 at 09:38
A few years I went with my friend to a nice café in The Royal Arcade that had pictures of Old Wigan around the walls. We always thought of the Royal Arcade as a bit "posh" when we were young.
Comment by irene roberts on 17th February 2018 at 11:24
Helen, you are on the right arcade...it WAS near BHS, and some people MAY have called it The Little Arcade, but it tended to be the arcade where Gorner's café was that was usually known as The Little Arcade, or The Old Arcade, (its proper name being The Market Arcade). BHS was the building to the extreme left of the photo showing the sign BIG SALE in its window; it is B&M Bargains now.
Comment by Helen of Troy on 17th February 2018 at 14:43
Thank you Irene....its good to see these photos even if it leaves you wondering where the heck was that photo taken !
Thanks to Mick too.
Comment by Roy on 17th February 2018 at 16:38
For me Irene, as you say, The Little Arcade was the one with Gorner's and Smiths in it.
Comment by Maureen on 17th February 2018 at 17:25
How I loved that little arcade..it was quaint and full of character...hello Roy.
Comment by Veronica on 17th February 2018 at 19:47
I remember the little 'exclusive' shop that sold posh hats and accessories. Many Wigan women went there for wedding finery years ago.
Comment by Roy on 18th February 2018 at 00:15
Hi Maureen, are you well ?
Comment by Maureen on 18th February 2018 at 07:53
I'm fine thank you Roy, and hope you are too.
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