just heard tonight Mr. Twiss passed away last Tuesday. Really smashing gent. RIP
Started: 24th Dec 2006 at 23:34
Could that be the Mr Twiss from the transport cafe. The son of Jim and Celia twiss?
Replied: 26th Dec 2006 at 18:57
I'm sorry coccium, I dont know his father etc., his lads are called peter and paul I think he's called James Twiss - yes it was the transport cafe.
Replied: 26th Dec 2006 at 23:41
is that why the closed the bakery down. use to sell ace pies there .we was woundering why they shut down as it was always very busy ...
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 10:09
I used that transport cafe for many years It was the best for miles around,It was full all day with the transport people of the town.Another peice of Wigan bites the dust what a pity.
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 15:39
soon there will be nothing of old wigan left , just full of bright big new shops that offer stpre card so we can al get into debt..
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 19:35
details of Jimmy's death was in the paper tonight the 27. He died on the 19 December, his funeral is on the 29 December at st Mary's church standishgate at 2pm he was a good friend and a nice man to lots of people
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 21:40
I knew Jim & Celia,in the early 60's when it was transport digs as well as a cafe. Had many a good dinner in there, always a lot of coal baggers in.
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 22:29
Hi art, I was one of those coal baggers.
Replied: 27th Dec 2006 at 22:38
You'll probably remember the Co-op lads, the Dorans,Colin Pennington,Jack Daniels, & one pair, I think they were Dad & Son. Don't know all their names, but there were a lot of 'em
I was helping my cousin out at the time working in his garage. So we were the "greasy overalls" in't corner.
Replied: 28th Dec 2006 at 12:04
The food in that transport caff was some of the best I've ever tasted. I would imagine the reason for it being closed down though was for health reasons. It wasn't exactly the cleanest place in the world with an old carpet on the floor (not allowed in cafes/restaurants) and it was heaving with muck. The walls had needed a good re-paint and nothing looked clean. But it was bloody good jackbit all the same. It's a pity it couldn't have been modernised but it was also next to the canal, don't forget, and canals home rats, water voles, etc. Such a pity.
Replied: 28th Dec 2006 at 17:25
Art, yes the co-op lads I was one, Jack and Alan worked with me,the father and son was The Ashursts I think from Aspull the sons name was Harold.The only mechanic that I remember from the tranport cafe was George Pollitt is he your cousin? There were quite a few co-op lads though.
Replied: 28th Dec 2006 at 18:45
Yep, you got it in one, GP was my cousin. he had a garage down Leyland Mill Lne at the time,(the time I was with him) He's well retired now, Sons took over the business
Replied: 28th Dec 2006 at 22:45