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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 2nd April, 2012)


Mesnes Street, Wigan, opposite where Smith's bookshop was.

Photo: Ernest Pyke  (Praktica DCZ 6.2.)
Views: 4,874

Comment by: Janice on 2nd April 2012 at 00:14

Not quite the Riviera, but nice to see. I love being outside, people watching and my favourite of all - picnics. Good shot Ernest.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 2nd April 2012 at 05:11

I can almost feel myself walking past there heading to the market. Nice photo Ernest, thanks

Comment by: Mick on 2nd April 2012 at 06:08

Ohhh Ernest I love it

Comment by: peterp on 2nd April 2012 at 07:19

Yet more street clutter.People must like eating & drinking with bus and car fumes at the side of them.Also not much room between chairs and bin legalized obstruction

Comment by: Helen on 2nd April 2012 at 08:21

I don't think this is anything to do with creating a 'cafe' atmosphere, more somewhere for the smokers to sit. Its a pet grouse of mine that now smoking is banned in buildings, you can't sit outside a pub or cafe on a nice day without smoke wafting all around you...moan over.

Comment by: dirty harry on 2nd April 2012 at 08:34

there's always someone to have a moan.leave the folk alone there only having a butty and a brew.spoil sport peterp

Comment by: Ron D on 2nd April 2012 at 08:51

I like it. The flowers on the right balance the diners on the left.

Comment by: Freda on 2nd April 2012 at 09:24

I say, Thank God you can see.
It's a right obstacle course for blind people, my grandson happens to be one of the unfortunate ones.

Comment by: David on 2nd April 2012 at 10:19

Diapering in the brickwork - I thought that was a lost skill.

Comment by: tricia on 2nd April 2012 at 10:25

What, no birds????
Watch it, Ernest, you wil have all the ' not right to photograph people without their knowledge to air on a public forum '!!!!
Only joking. Kind regards

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd April 2012 at 11:47

Nice one Ernest, they won't be sitting out there this week will they, unless they have their thermals and waterproofs on.

Comment by: Syd on 2nd April 2012 at 14:23

Peterp and Helen, People like you are quite frankly, a pain in the arse. You just can't seem to grasp the reality that this is just a photo of people enjoying the day.
For gods sake get a life!

Comment by: John Morris on 2nd April 2012 at 16:02

Good one Ernest.

Comment by: sanibelfred on 2nd April 2012 at 16:50

Ernie, please airfreight me bacon on a barmcake

Comment by: winder on 2nd April 2012 at 17:10

Nice one Earnest, give us some more.
Your fan club needs you.

Comment by: Whacker on 2nd April 2012 at 17:14


Are you the Tricia who has family living on Billinge Road?

I have been looking for you. Please see the post TRICIA under PEOPLE.
Thank you.

Comment by: peterp on 2nd April 2012 at 18:11

It might be the modern street scene but FOOTPATHS are for pedestrians not tables and chairs and roped off areas

Comment by: tricia on 2nd April 2012 at 18:21

YES!!!!! Hello , Whacker. It is I. My friend told me this morning that you were looking for me. I have seen your post and I have emailed Brian

Comment by: Loz on 2nd April 2012 at 19:58

Good shot Ernest! Nice and clear. When people ask you how you get such good results - don't tell 'em Pyke!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 2nd April 2012 at 20:41

It is a lovely picture but I don`t recognise anything ! It was in 1952 that i worked at a shop on mesnes st.almost opposite Oliver Somers.There was a big pub on the corner of a street going upto the market hall.Where is this picture looking onto Ernest?I just cannot relate to the scene at all.

Comment by: Helen on 2nd April 2012 at 21:34

Hi Syd...I have got a life & quite a full one in fact. I was just commenting on the pic & yes I'm sure the people that were sitting outside the cafe were enjoying the sunshine etc. Each to their own point of view & I take on board yours, live at let live.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 2nd April 2012 at 21:42

Thank you all for your kind comments.
David, interesting comment--wonder how many viewers looked up `diapering` on Wikipedia.
Jean F (Wales). Photo is taken looking towards Mesnes Park-you can see the top of the old Rylands factory chimney above the road sign.

Comment by: Tom Waterhouse on 2nd April 2012 at 22:04

Iv'e not lived in Wigan for a long time and I'm with Jean from Wales I don't recognise the place where it's taken from.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 2nd April 2012 at 22:19

Tom Waterhouse, my classmate at Wigan Junior Tech.1939-1943: Just to the left of the bus is New Market St.and the Mesnes Field.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2012 at 06:41

Loz, I like it !! Colin Bean (21 months older than I) who played Private Sponge in Dad`s Army was a Wiganer.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 3rd April 2012 at 21:38

Thankyou Ernest.I can see the chimney"and the way out "but still cannot see where I am !!( perhaps another senior moment) . Thanks ernest ....keep these pics coming ,they are good.

Comment by: Roy on 5th April 2012 at 10:41

Jean F & Tom, perhaps you dont know the 'new' Wigan indoor market, these people are sat outside of the market on Mesnes St, the vehicles are stopped at traffic lights, if you go straight across the lights it becomes Bridgeman Terrace with Mesnes field on the left as Ernest says and further along is the main entrance to Wigan park then it becomes Mesnes road going towards the Cherry Gardens hotel and roundabout, hope you can pick something out of that description.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th January 2013 at 02:43

Brian`s 5th April 2009 Photo-a-Day shows where this is.

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