Great photo of the arcade, at one time this place would be bustling with shoppers. Where have they gone?.
Comment by Mick on 12th January 2019 at 04:24
Christmas just gone, now Chinese New Year on its way (Tuesday 5 February)
Then it will be Easter.
Comment by Anne on 12th January 2019 at 07:34
I see my cousin. The person in the white jacket. Wonder what it is she bought in the red carrier bag?
Comment by Helen of Troy on 12th January 2019 at 07:45
Well Jane, that looks much better, nice & uncluttered.
Comment by irene roberts on 12th January 2019 at 08:25
I like this. I liked the umbrellas they had hanging up a while ago, too. Simple but effective.
Comment by Veronica on 12th January 2019 at 09:29
Much older and nicer than the modern in my view. There seems to be more shops still open inside the arcade.
Comment by Ena Malcup on 12th January 2019 at 10:25
Is the other one, Little Arcade, (Market Arcade) also still in existence?
Comment by irene roberts on 12th January 2019 at 12:03
No, that went in 1971! The Royal Arcade, down near Mesnes Street, is still there.
Comment by Maureen on 12th January 2019 at 14:02
I have so many memories of this Arcade being brought up so near to Wigan town centre...one that occurred when I was in my thirties,I was walking down the Arcade when in the distance I saw a woman who was my double..when she saw me she stared all the way up to the top of the said Arcade..if there are such things as Dopplegangers,I've certainly seen mine...poor devil.
On another note,didn't Marks and Spencer once run the shop on the left of this photo..the one right facing the shoe repairers.
Comment by Anne on 12th January 2019 at 15:21
I was right, it is my cousin she was with her two great grandsons.Her grand-daughter was somewhere behind.
Comment by Alan on 12th January 2019 at 15:21
Mick must think Wiganers are thick.
Comment by irene roberts on 12th January 2019 at 16:37
That's amazing, Maureen, and almost as if it was meant for you both to be in the same place at the same time. Some friends of my Mam and Dad went to the Isle of Man many years ago and told us that the waitress in their guest-house was my double.....looks, mannerisms, everything. It's a strange world! xx
Comment by Maureen on 12th January 2019 at 17:20
It does make you wonder doesn't it Irene.
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