Dorning Street, Wigan13 Comments
Photo: Tom Sutch
Item #: 20269
The Kinks stayed there, after their first T.V. appearance in Manchester. Still got the autographed menu somewhere?
It's quite strange, I referd to The Grand. Hotel earlier this week ,regarding The Brocket Arms photograph as mentioned then it's in a sorry state now .It is to be hoped that something is done soon , it gives a poor impression of Wigan,particularly being so close to the bus station. In its hay day it was the premier hotel in the town.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets stayed there as well!
Also, I had my wedding reception there, in 1973.
The Grand used to be a nice place.
Good pic, Tom.
The Grand Hotel had the right name GRAND. We had our wedding reception there in 1961.
This is where I met my wife, on the 6th February 1981.Brings back a lot of memories. So sad to see it in the state its in now. Drinking in the lower bar (was it called the Colliers Bar ?), you were a bit posh back then. Having said that, you really were posh if you took your date for a drink upstairs in the Cocktail Bar on the Clarence (now Harrys Bar). How times have changed.
Very Sad to see such a fine place so badly managed, I used to go there every week as a member of Wigan Round Table 78, in 1960s, we held our meeetings in that cellar dining room until one day we saw a pretty big rat crawling inside of one of the overhead light diffusers.
next door , what is now the anvil was the all saints tavern , first pub i ever bought a pint i was 14 and it was a sat afternoon , then mates dad followed us in and turfed us out
Played our first ever gig in here, around 1978. I was with Katch5 - and I bet not a soul remembers them?
There are pics of Katch 5 on the album; under "Assorted", then "Abram Pop Groups".
Hey you're right Irene. I'd forgotten about them. The brain cells are dwindling fast now !
Been to Wigan today and out of curiosity walked down Dorning Street where I worked in the 60's, The Grand Hotel is completely different today to the one in the photograph. Such a shame.
My mum Diane Winstanley new McKenna used to work here in the early 90's behind the reception. I used to love going to visit her at work but the stories of the building being haunted scared me as I was only about 5 or 6. Y mum and step-dad had their wedding reception held in the room downstairs in May 1993. I can still remember the smell of the hotel now!