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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 9th April, 2012)


Mesnes Park.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon compact)
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Comment by: Julie... on 9th April 2012 at 02:31

Lovely pic Ron, can just see the kids roller skating down that path..

Comment by: Dave Kelly on 9th April 2012 at 03:18

Nice to see. I have fond memories of this park from the 40's & 50's.I used to walk thro' 4 times a day...school & back.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th April 2012 at 07:08

I took a similar photo on a warm and sunny day (70 deg.F max.)--Tuesday 27th March`12.
Only the Shelter and Pavilion in your photo have been restored. Work still to be done on paths, grass etc.
Refer : http://www.wlct.org/open-spaces/parks/mesnes-park-restoration-project.htm
It`s a great pity that the weather is poor for today`s Easter Extravaganza. Refer : http://www.wlct.org/Default.aspx.LocID-0cs00d00a002.Lang-EN.emID-970.cal-yes.EventID-14767.htm

Comment by: Mick on 9th April 2012 at 08:20

Ernie the band stands been restored as well.

Comment by: Helen on 9th April 2012 at 08:50

That is really so nice to see, brings back memories of a hot summer day in Mesnes Park, an ice cream wafer from the ice cream man on a bike with a big metal icebox attached to the front, people out in their Sunday best, green grass, blue skies, colourful flowerbeds...happy days.
Can someone take a pic of the bandstand please ?

Comment by: dirty harry on 9th April 2012 at 08:51

i hope they pick what looks like rubbish up from the grass cause im not moving it for them.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th April 2012 at 09:34

I know that Mick, I took a photo of the bandstand too--was just referring to Ron`s photo. Have you read my comment on 8th April at 09:09 re your photo on 7th April?

Comment by: Mick on 9th April 2012 at 10:40

Ernie if you go to where it says Forum then photos of Wigan there the 4th down under Dredger.

BTW the new Bandstand is officially being opened today by the grandaughter of Mr Higham who donated 2 Million towards it.

Comment by: Janice on 9th April 2012 at 11:40

Great shot Ron and lovely to see the park well used. I do hope people keep it this way and that the vandals and litter louts stay away (or get caught). Must pay a visit - hope the bowling greens are still there.

Comment by: Cyril on 9th April 2012 at 11:41

You may well be right about it being litter dirty harry, I originally thought that maybe it was a bed of Primulas, by the way is that you in the green fleece in those bushes, just by the sapling between the two large trees.

Yes Mick, Billy Higham was an excellent benefactor to Wigan, and his legacy will live on due to his love of Brassbands, thanks Billy.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th April 2012 at 12:42

Yes, Janice, the 3 bowling greens are still there and I took a photo of those on 27th March`12 too !! My father took me to bowl on the bottom green when I was 13 years old in 1941 !!
Thanks Mick--found the photo`s which explain your photo.

Comment by: dirty harry on 9th April 2012 at 18:57

didnt see him cyril looks like hes up to no good.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 9th April 2012 at 22:00

Thankyou Ron for this latest picture showing the restored pavilion.Dont ever recall the little "bungalow" building which is also shown...What is that used for ?Also have enjoyed all the letters tonight about mesnes park.Such happy memories thankyou all.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 9th April 2012 at 22:18

Roy,Thanks so much for your message referring me to the 2nd April.Not knowing of the "new" market threw me .Now i can place where it is!Used to walk that way home every day as I lived off Mesnes rd.I remember "grimshaws?" dairy on the corner ....or am I off track again?Thanks again Roy.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th April 2012 at 23:06

Jean F (Wales), It`s a shelter Jean - keeps you dry when it`s raining and cool when it`s hot and sunny !!

Comment by: Alan H on 10th April 2012 at 14:56

Jean F(Wales)You are correct. It was Grimshaws Dairies on the corner of Mesnes Street and New Market Street

Comment by: Roy on 10th April 2012 at 16:52

No problem Jean, glad i could help. Grimshaw,s question already answered.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 10th April 2012 at 20:46

Thankyou,Ernest,Alan H and Roy for your help...and putting me on the right trail again !

Comment by: J molyneux on 10th April 2012 at 23:41

it was raining on Monday ... so how come you have a picture of sunshine in the afternoon ,I was there at 2.45 pm and it was rainning cat's and dog's filming the the band in the rain .must have been after 4 pm ...

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 12th April 2012 at 22:01

J molyneux: no one`s replied as the answer is obvious--photo wasn`t taken on Easter Monday--the date is when it`s put on Photo-a-Day.

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