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Market Arcade

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Market/Little Arcade. Sid Smith Newsagents and Gorners Cafe.
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 28045
This painting may already be on the web site but I've put the collection of Paintings by Harry Walder into one folder.

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st June 2016 at 18:56

A very special place in the hearts of Wiganers, from the days when Wigan had character and didn't look like everywhere else. So glad I saw it in those days.

Comment by: Albert. on 22nd June 2016 at 09:57

Remember the chap with the weighing machine, on the left hand side, at the top.

Comment by: Roy on 22nd June 2016 at 10:22

As you say Irene, brilliant memories of a vibrant place and very well painted.
Maureen, the last place i saw and spoke to your Michael, Gorners Cafe.

Comment by: Jinksi, on 22nd June 2016 at 11:05

Was it Smiths who sold the Train Spotting Books can't remember.

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd June 2016 at 12:05

Aww Roy..my beloved Michael..how are you Roy..fine I hope...re the little arcade,how I loved going there as a child and also me and my Mam went to Gorners Cafe every Saturday for our dinner...Mr Smith and my Mams dad were pals,and Mr Smith told me that in the thirties both he and my Mams dad hitchhiked to London to look for work..he was a lovely man and so was his Son..I 'd give anything to go back for a day just to say hello to everyone...memories..

Comment by: vb on 22nd June 2016 at 13:46

Sorry I have repeated myself with the Leg O' man picture. So many paintings!!!

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd June 2016 at 15:09

My correction as well..it should have read 'Mams Brother' not her Dad.

Comment by: Brendell on 22nd June 2016 at 16:56

I bought this and the policeman on traffic duty at the top of Library St as prints from Smiths some years ago. They remind me of life in Wigan during my teens. Fond memories.

Comment by: shirley Mc on 22nd June 2016 at 20:40

the only time I went in the arcade to gorners café was after a visit to the dentist when my Mam knew I couldn't eat anything but it was still a treat .we were easily pleased in those days but happier

Comment by: Roy on 23rd June 2016 at 00:40

I'm ok Maureen thank you love, still above ground, i presume you are ok ?

Comment by: priscus on 23rd June 2016 at 01:56

Bought my first John le Carré novel from there: guess about 1963 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'.

Comment by: Johnny on 23rd June 2016 at 10:14

Very happy memories of walking this arcade. Always thought the little brother or sister (lets not get sexist) to Makinsons Arcade. Bags of shops as I recall.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd June 2016 at 11:27

I'm pleased to hear that Roy..and yes I'm fine thank you.x

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