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Empress Ballroom

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Police Dance at Empress Ballroom
Photo: Anne Melling
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Item #: 28226
Anne and Fred Melling at police dance approx. 1964 before we married in 1965.

Comment by: Henry7 on 10th August 2016 at 23:06

Lovely photo. Is that a real monkey?

Comment by: Albert. on 11th August 2016 at 10:56

Were you in the Wigan Police Fred?. All of those Friday night dances were excellent nights for the price of the ticket. I cannot remember as to whether, or not, the Wigan Police dances were, dinner dances. I remember the Ince (Lancs. Const.) dances were.

Comment by: Anne Melling on 11th August 2016 at 11:47

Yes Henry it was a real monkey It belonged to the photographer I don't suppose it would be allowed these days. No Albert neither Fred nor myself were in the police force.

Comment by: Albert. on 11th August 2016 at 15:38

Thank you for the feed back, Anne.

Comment by: Steve on 11th August 2016 at 18:49

I remember the Electricians Ball organized by the E.T.U being held at the Emp,always well attended !

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 11th August 2016 at 20:33

Nice photo Anne.
Albert there's a picture of Wigan police ball in the Wigan Observer back in 1966, you may be able to recognize some of them. Item number 18246.
I hope you don't mind Anne.

Comment by: Maureen on 11th August 2016 at 22:23

I used to go to the Police ball..plumbers,electricians...talk about Uncle Tom Cobley. and all..I was never away from the Emp..I only stayed home Wednesday night,that was old folks night..the happiest days of my life were spent there...sigh.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 12th August 2016 at 03:50

The Wigan Police Ball was usually held on the last Wednesday in January each year at the Empress Ballroom (casino) and was a dinner dance. There were was also a dance usually held in October each year also at the emp. I was on the organising committee for both for a number of years in the early 1970s

Comment by: Albert. on 12th August 2016 at 10:31

I had a look at the photograph Colin. They seem to be a collection of Wigan dignitaries. I only recognized the Chief Constable.

Comment by: tommy on 15th August 2016 at 00:58

gorgeous girl lucky man Fred,
handsome couple.

Comment by: Catherine on 20th August 2016 at 09:27

Lovely photo of you and Fred Anne xx

Comment by: roy thompson on 20th November 2018 at 19:57

my future wife had her photo taken with this monkey and it bit her it seems the monkey had more brains than I did

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