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Posted by: TERENCE (terts) JOHN FLANAGAN from Gharb, Gozo.

Comments: Lived at 6 Gloucester Crescent, Hindley till I got wed and moved to Winstanley then Southport with my job (train driver) I retired in 2016 and moved over here to sunny Gozo!


I miss:

Posted by: Terence Flanagan from NADUR

Comments: Originally from Hindley, went to St Ben's then Cardy. Started on railway in 77 retired in 2016 and moved to Island of Gozo 2 months later.


I miss: Family, My beloved latics and Pooles pies! Don't miss the beer coz the beer over here is better!

Posted by: Julian Heathcote from Nice

Comments: Platt Bridge, moved 1977 to Ireland, moved 1992 to Nottingham, moved 1995 to London, moved 2004 to Australia, moved 2014 to Nice. I manage holiday apartments here.


I miss: Pies definitely....in fact all chippy food. Not being able to watch warriors and latics live very often. English! Living with the French is a nightmare!

Posted by: Chris.Engel.Was Derby from Dortmund.Germany

Comments: went to St.Michaels Swinley and Dearery High school.grew up in Worsley Mesnes Left to come to Germany at nearly 17. Am a Physiotherapist and a Psychiatric nurse.


I miss: My family,the accent,fish and chips,sunday dinner,christmas dinner,lancashire hotpot,vimto,lucazade,tcp,dettol,wrights coal tar soap,etc etc.The list is long.

Posted by: kylie carter from ireland

Comments: i was born in scholes, lived in platt bridge until i was 5 then moved to downall green rd bryn.. since leaving home in 2005 i lived in st helens for 3 years then moved to the west coast of Ireland in the middle of nowhere lol..


I miss: things i miss: definitely the pies cant beat a pie ont barm, and i missthe people. although i did meet a couple who live here to who used to live not far from where i grew up.

Posted by: Kate conroy from madrid

Comments: Went to love in Spain in 1972 with my friend Sheila Connor from Marsh Green. We're still there! We went over to teach in British schools.


I miss: Everything. Wiganers more than anything!

Posted by: John Peters from Canvey Island, Essex

Comments: Moved from Worsley Mesnes in 1971 at 23 to Essex. Married with daughter (married) and son (single). Now retired. Draw and paint, keep fit (yoga) and socialize.


I miss: Wigan Casino, Crofters Arms, friends.

Posted by: karen Turner from playa flamenca costa blanca

Comments: Used to live ion Abram. In Wigan.Moved to Spain in January.


I miss: Just my friends ....and home bargains. Lol

Posted by: linda egan from mazarron

Comments: born billing 1947 married 1969 then lived in Standish until 1981 moved to Wirral until 2002 retired to spain in 2002


I miss: barons pork pies

Posted by: vincent lannon from pueblo bravo alicante

Comments: lived in mason st wallgate mored to spain in 2001,play golf watch torrevieja fc


I miss: wigan and the people of wigan,first results I look for on sat wigan rugby and latics.

Posted by: Christopher Michael Burke from Vienna Austria

Comments: Used to live in Haigh, Wigan. moved to Vienna on a whim when a job came up in 1999 as I was unhappy with my job in Bolton as an Arborist and stayed! married with two daughters.


I miss: The people. my family,friends, neighbours, rugby, latics! (although I flew home for the Fa cup final!) The English Countryside!

Posted by: David Rowlands from Lagos

Comments: Home was one of the police houses in Gathurst Road, Orrell and later when in my teens in St James Road just up from the Grapes. Like a lot of kids I went to 'Orrell YM', turned 17 and graduated to nights out in Wigan at the Court Hall and th'Emp. Joined the police force in Wigan as police cadet then for a year or so as a bobby on the beat. Lots of names spring to mind like my Best Man Bob Taylor from the Long and the Short and then like me a policeman in Wigan. Moved away to the South Coast for several years, came back, moved to Cumbria and now live in Portugal


I miss: Central Park, Wigan town centre after a rugby match especially when we won, Corporation buses with twin green lights, the Ribble bus up to the Grapes and pretty well every pub for 20 miles around, two favourites might be the White Lion in Upholland and the Boars Head

Posted by: MICHAEL STEVENSON ( Mick ) from Alcaucin, Malaga, SPAIN

Comments: Wigan address was Hodges St. Went to Wigan Grammar - 1958 - 66. Worked for Royal Insurance in Library St. Used to go to Casino pre- Northern Soul days, ie 1966 - 1971


I miss: Nothing about modern Wigan. Just the people and good chips.

Posted by: Jason Parkinson from Kyiv

Comments: Pemberton


I miss: pies and beer

Posted by: angela morgan from andalucia spain

Comments: Usedd to live in Wigan, then Daisy Hill, then Spain


I miss: The people, English pubs & music and of oourse fish and chips & English supermarkets.

Posted by: angela morgan from andalucia spain

Comments: I lived in "Wigan, then moved to Spain.


I miss: The People

Posted by: John Gittoes from Paphos, Cyprus

Comments: left wigan in 94, did 2 years in Ibiza, then 2 years at sea, moved to Dublin for 3 years, rejoined cruise ship's in 2000 until late 2011, now live in Paphos ,Cyprus. Own my own business www.divingincyprus.net


I miss: A pastie from Jeff west's little shop on atherton road. do miss my real ale. miss the pound shop, tanke out a second mortgage if you come to cyprus.

Posted by: Gordon Topping from Mijas Costa, Malaga, Spain

Comments: Originally from Moss Lane, Platt Bridge, Moved to Chorley obout 1969/70. Spent next 30 years in the Merchant Navy, until retiring 10 years ago.


I miss: Uncle Joes Mintballs

Posted by: Kylie carter from Limerick

Comments: I used to live in scholes then platt bridge til i was about 5 then in bryn til i moved to st helens in 2006 then moved to ireland in 2008


I miss: Mmmmmm i miss a decent chippy.( ireland has none) a pie n my fellow wiganers

Posted by: Lizzie Jones from Urbino

Comments: I used to live in Wigan Lane and Spencer Road. I began a T.I.E. called Willpower doing schools workshops on Shakespeare. I moved to Italy when I half-retired in order to research and write but I still spend 2 months a year working in Wigan.


I miss: Fish and chips. Friends. All the various societies and opportunities for the over 60's. Not the weather!

Posted by: Ian Prior from Alcaidesa, Soto Grande. Spain

Comments: Originally from Springfield/Gidlow area. Left Wigan in 83 when I joined the army. Since leaving the army lived in Afghanistan, Nigeria & now been living in Spain & working in Gibraltar since 2009.


I miss: Got to be the pies & rugby what else?? Thankfully Sky take care of the rugby.

Posted by: jean farmery Nee Smith from machynlleth powys wales

Comments: Born swinley lane 1935 Wigan Moved to yewdale crescent later.Went to st.michaels school and later to gidlow sec mod.Worked in a large shop on( market st ?)Loved going to the cinema and to the "wigan emp" whenever I could. Enjoyed the mesnes park cafe on sunday afternoons and roller skating round the bandstand (until the park keeper chased us off ! He never caught up with us though !!Sadly moved away with dads new job in 1951......Happy happy days.


I miss: Voses pies from the UCP on standishgate !!I can still taste them!!

Posted by: Jayne Edwards from Tamworth

Comments: Used to live in Beech Hill but moved away nearly 23 years ago. Went to Blue Coat, Gidlow Middle and Whitley High School. Now working as a psychiatric nurse in Staffordshire


I miss: Pies-They simply can't make them down here Gravy on my chips from the chippy

Posted by: Deborah Byfield from albir

Comments: Lived in Hindley most my life had a hairdressing salon on Atherton Rd - Shapers for many years moved to Albir 4 years ago now have a bar called Lill's Lounge


I miss: Pubs and pies

Posted by: Marilyn nee Seddon/Lawson/Taylor from Chania, Crete

Comments: Last lived in Swinley, grew up in Darlington St. East. Was a lecturer at Edgehill College. Moved here in 1999. Live in a small village with husband, horse, dog, cat, goldfish. visit Wigan regularly to see family.


I miss: Rugby league - going to matches.

Posted by: ian edwards from valkenswaard

Comments: from stubshaw cross,ashton.moved 21 years ago,earth mover mechanic,married with two children.


I miss: freinds,rugby,pies and northern soul.

Posted by: deborah hopkins from amsterdam

Comments: Left wigan 20 years ago to study....ended up in amsterdam.....and 18 years later..still here !!


I miss: I miss my family...my roots...and the amazingly friendly and open people......and if anyone can help me find christine smith , who went off to taunton to study textile design.....I have been trying to find her for 2 years !!!!

Posted by: Paul Heyes from Canillas de Aceituno

Comments: Lived in Ashton in Makerfield, educated at Edmund Arrowsmith school, then down the mines as a fitter, mostly down Golbourne colliery, left after the explosion. Moved to Lytham and BAE Systems. Volanteer crew with the R.N.L.I for 10 yrs leaving as Coxswain. now retired in the Spainish mountains near the Costa Del Sol and enjoying it!


I miss: The sense of humour of the Wigan people. And the smell of fish and chips drifting across the street after a beer, louring you in even when you where n't hungery,the old Wigan Corporation busses that ran on time and didn't cost the earth to ride on. Do n't miss the cold and rain though.

Posted by: CATHY GREEN from COGNAC FRANCE

Comments: Lived in Wigan Swinley from birth.Standish from 1984-1993.Whitley from 1993-2009. Moved to France. Govt officer for nearly 30 years in Wigan


I miss: Marks and Sparks. Warburtons bread

Posted by: jeffrey crook from prado del rey cadiz

Comments: I used to live in shevington,after moving to norfolk,france & finally finishing in andalucia.


I miss: Pork pies,old ucp tripe shops,the rainy days & the old corporation buses

Posted by: Nigel Carr from Gouves, Crete

Comments: An adopted Wiganer originally from Birmingham, but lived in Standish Lower Ground, and Orrell.


I miss: EVERYTHING.... we are currently up for sale and will be heading back to Wigan as soon as we can!!!! You don't know what you've got....until it's gone. Crete has sunshine and not much else.....Wigan has everything !

Posted by: laura walsh from kilkenny

Comments: i ust ta live in ince about 10years ago now......still at sku den at rose bridge...but wus at tommy more b4 that....moved away to ireland with my family


I miss: i miss mi chippy and my meat and tatter pies......and me owld lobbys haha

Posted by: kathleen waterhouse ne bradshaw from buckley n,wales

Comments: i was born at 126 scot lane newtown wigan in 1941 Lived in the same house until i met a welsh man married him and moved to wales in 1961. I went to St Marks girls school in Newtown from 1952-1956.


I miss: I miss my friends i made in school riding my bike along the canel with my friend May Aspinall going for long walks anywere our little legs would take us and going home hungry!! Yes and the pies from Winstanleys shop in Scot Lane I can still taste them!!

Posted by: frank burke from wigan

Comments: hello jimmy remember you moving cant believe 13 years ago glad all seams to have worked out awe reet for thee turnkey mabbs stork all shut place going to ruins any room over theer ha ha


I miss: missing nowt still here

Posted by: Peter Keane from Tourmakeady

Comments: Brought up in Gidlow Avenue and lived there till I went to college in London in 1980. Now work as a geologist in Ireland and occasionally the Middle East


I miss: Walking everywhere, especially into town. Smell of Wigan market, Central Park on Boxing Day, watching the old ones bowling in Wigan Park and listening to Wiganers having a laugh

Posted by: marie burchall from holland rotterdam

Comments: i used to live in pemberton lichfield st. i moved ere 1990 married a dutch man. now single .


I miss: imiss my chip butties and chip barmcakes and the pubs and my best friend of 40 yrs we still keep in touch .i miss also my best friends of 25yrs and a good chin wag take care

Posted by: Brian Pilling from Chatain

Comments: We used to live in Golborne and moved to france in 2007. I keep racing pigeons and enjoy fishing and gardening,we enjoy the freedom here.


I miss: The people,the public transport,beer,mates,but not the weather.

Posted by: Steve Brown from Ruffec

Comments: I lived in Lord Street near Coppel Lane for a bit, then in good old Whelley. I went to Gidlow Middle school (where did it go? I was proper shocked when I went on a trip down memory lane a few years back and there was just a housing estate there - how could they?!). Played for Wigan U-13's on Sean Edward's team. Moved to boring old Stockport after that. Huddersfield Uni - a PhD (in nothing useful!) studied philosophy at Nottingham and taught at Reading College. Married a French woman and moved to France - near Poitiers. Got a 13 month old girl. Neil Cooper - hello!! We were in Mr. Smith's class together. Jeff Kay, Stuart Tabern Ian Duckworth. When you used to get your hair cut, me and Jeff Kay used to 'Whizz' the back of your head with our hands. Felt bad about that for a number of years. Apologies.


I miss: The smell of cigarette smoke on a January Sunday afternoon down at Central Park watching Wigan hammer St. Helens. Sigh. Will they ever beat Saints again? Or anyone this season....

Posted by: leeann fletcher from tenerife

Comments: moved to sunny tenerife in 2000. use to live in birkett bank. im self employed. i have a little girl


I miss: i miss going into shops like debs, new look, asda. having so much choice u can get anything u want!!!

Posted by: denise & John Fedigan from Playa De Las Americas

Comments: Hi We are John & Denise Fedigan from Kitt Green. Born & Bred in Wigan. Moved out to Tenerife in October 2008, now own Marinas Pool Bar on Marina Primavera Playa Las Americas. See us on our website www.john-denise-marinasbar.co.uk Love to hear from you xxDe & John


I miss: Wigan Rugby, Hollands Steak Puddings, Mermaid Chippy in Kitt Green & Gaskells Chippy in Orrell.

Posted by: jean mills from boliqueime algarve

Comments: Iused to live in Bryn,worked in the brittania inn,and various other pubs around ashton in makerfield.worked at Slaters mens outfitters cromptons,now dont do nothing.


I miss: pies chips an musshy peys,hollands steak puddings etc

Posted by: Neil Batho from Almeria Spain

Comments: I lived in Lowton until I was 9, then moved to a newsagents shop in Ormskirk road Pemberton. From there to Appley Bridge, then Goose Green. Went to Wigan Grammar '68 to '73, then went to Walmsleys in the fabshop for 10 years. 1984 I started working for NEI Crane Erection and Services (Later to become Clarke Chapman). in 1996, I got a chance of a job in Nigeria, and have been working here since. We went to live in Germany early 2006, then relocated to Spain earlier this year, and hope to settle here. Been married to my Astrid for 28 years, and have 2 sons, and 2 stepdaughters and 6 grandkids.


I miss: Pies WRLFC and Tetley Bitter, but sadly not much more than that.

Posted by: Lorraine Henry from St Helier

Comments: I was born in Ince went to St Bills primary - then to Cardinal Newman at this point lived in Abram


I miss: The Humour

Posted by: Denise & John Fedigan from playa las americas Tenerife

Comments: Hi, Moved to Tenerife 3 weeks ago, we have a pool bar in Playa Las Americas. We used to have the launderette in Pemberton Wigan. Denise retired fro the NHS - Health Visitor at Pemberton Clinic after 30 years service.. Our home is in Kitt Green near Heinz. If anyone is coming to Tenerife we would love to see them We have a website www.john-denise-marinasbar.co.uk


I miss: Galloways pies, the chippy in Kitt Green...Lots of lovely wiganers...

Posted by: Bernardo Sanchez from Sueca

Comments: I used to live near Sainsbury shopping Centre.My wife is from Saint Hellen.I moved to Spain as there were no jobs for me in the U.K. at the time.


I miss: I missed very much my beloved wife.

Posted by: Zoë Jones from Paris

Comments: Used to live in Winstanley, went to Deanery High, Lancashire Poly and been in Paris for the last 15 years ...


I miss: the people ....

Posted by: Sharon Lowe from Catral

Comments: Still got a Wigan base in Poolstock area, "just in case"! Moved over to Spain in March 2008. No work as of yet but trying to get teaching jobs and onto the entertainment circuit.


I miss: Friendly folk, chips and gravy from The Chippery, the new Grand Arcade shopping experience, Greggs' steak bakes, Morrison's garlic farfiroli bread, Uncle Joes Mintballs and most of Santus's sweets and finally walks along the Leeds Liverpool canal with my dog. Pete’s Chinese chippy – I nearly forgot, oh and the odd trip to Southport. Seems to be very food related! Over in Wigan at the moment so will stuff myself with the above food items and take back as many bags of Aniseed Twist and Uncle Joes I can fit in the car!

Posted by: Pamela ALKER from Toulouse, France

Comments: Born in Upholland, went to Winstanley College, Orrell. Left Wigan in 1985 and moved to Paris initially. Have lived in Toulouse for the past 10 years. Married with twins, a boy and a girl of 10.


I miss: Going to the chippy in Orrell after a heavy drinking session in the Stag, all those great nights out with my mates and of course the pies. My suitcase is full of them every time I come back from visiting my family. I of course miss my family a lot and would love to come up on the pools so I could buy myself a private jet and go visit whenever I felt like it. I also miss those nice frosty walks in the winter and the snow, no, I'm not joking ! Oh, to see snow at Christmas !

Posted by: Graham Lyons from Antwerp

Comments: Brought up in Worsley Mesnes, went to St James C of E, Wigan Grammar School, worked at Norweb, Tupperware, Dorma and Gullick Dobson before moving around UK and then lived in Belgium for last four years. 49 now, only get back occasionally. Some things haven't changed (Pemberton, my wife Jean is from there). Some things have changed out of all recognition more than once (town centre).


I miss: Rugby team being the best in the world - those days will come back. Jean misses Poole's steak and onion pies. Nightlife 1982-1988 (Pier, Turnkey, Bees Knees, even Swan and Railway for a rest. Going back to childhood - Wigan market, ABC Minors, Oxley's (I challenge anybody to remember that), children's library (and museum!)

Posted by: Vivienne McDonagh from Biarritz

Comments: Lived in Gidlow lane and Park Road, then out slightly to Hindley Green (not Wigan I know)Moved away in 1973 1st to Manchester, then Bristol in 1976, then across to London and east Anglia before moving to France in 2003. Now getting ready to move back to UK.


I miss: The friendliness, humour, meat and potato pies, Uncle Joes Mint Balls, Wigan Casino