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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 15th October, 2013)

Makisons Arcade

Makisons Arcade

Photo: Kathleen Pressey  (Panasonic DMC-TZ9)
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Comment by: Roy on 15th October 2013 at 00:10

Again, not many shoppers, but i have seen it much busier than this. Lizzie from Adelaide, i asked you a question on yesterdays P-a-D which caused a bit of controversy, can you answer it please.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 15th October 2013 at 00:47

Nice photo, Kathleen. Brings back memories.

Memories of a bustling arcade and Wigan centre. Where are all the people? This arcade was always packed with shoppers or people passing through.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th October 2013 at 04:01

Thank you again Kath.....that is not how I remember it....I am sure my sis and I used to go down Makisons Arcade when we helped our parents out on Wigan Market....used to be a bit more crowded though....cheers!!!

Comment by: Mick on 15th October 2013 at 06:45

Theres a video here of Wiganers walking down Makinsons Arcade.


Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 15th October 2013 at 06:52

Another view looking downhill, Kathleen! When was it taken? Please tell us the date, which you didn`t state on your yesterday`s P-a-D comment.
Walked thro` here last Thursday and the `Musak` was, as per usual, for young folk. It`s just a noise to me and my hearing is very good.
The most powerful `noise` from Wigan shops emanates from JD in the Grand Arcade - you can hear it outside in Millgate.

Comment by: kath on 15th October 2013 at 08:44

It was taken Monday the 16th Sept, again early on.
should I have said Makinson's? it was always t'big arcade.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th October 2013 at 09:57

Dear Roy,
I did reply to your question....it is the last post on yesterday's pic.....I would love to come back but our situation at the moment would not support a trip to the other side of the world....But like I said....never say never and it is a smashing offer.....stay well Roy....I may just give you a call.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 15th October 2013 at 10:30

Thanks, Kathleen. Have you seen the photo`s in Album, Places, Makinson Arcade? also Market Arcade and Royal Arcade?
I don`t remember this being called t`big arcade. Always knew the Market Arcade as the Little Arcade.

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 15th October 2013 at 10:57

Fantastic! Just goes to show how much Wigan has improved. A very forward thinking town and it makes me proud to be a Wiganer.

Comment by: Roy on 15th October 2013 at 11:29

Thank you for your posts Lizzie, i was tucked up in bed when you sent your first one, my name isn't Ernest,lol.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 15th October 2013 at 12:15

I always called the arcades "little arcade", "big arcade" and most famous of all "Burlington R Cade."
OK then the Royal Arcade.
Many years ago there was a shop in the BIG Arcade which sold broken biscuits. I bumped into an old mate of mine coming out of the shop. He had a face like thunder, so I asked him what was wrong. He said he'd just bought 1lb of broken biscuits and some of them weren't broken!!!!

Comment by: kath on 15th October 2013 at 18:52

ernest Im still looking for the photos you mentioned but I did find an old black and white one of Arcade St but I don't recognise it

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 15th October 2013 at 22:16

Outside the entrance to Makinson Arcade in Standishgate at 1.50pm today was a busker. He was dressed as a Red Indian and was playing Pan Pipes. The sound was very appealing - pity I can`t say that more often about what`s played in Wigan town centre.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th October 2013 at 22:25

Ernest....Native American.....A nicer word for these amazingly talented people...cheers!!!

Comment by: Alan H on 16th October 2013 at 10:04

Kath, Arcade street is half way down Library Street opposite the Town Hall. It refers to Grimes Arcade where the music shop was.

Comment by: christine bishop on 16th October 2013 at 18:06

i was pulled up on wigan world forum for calling them red indians ,since being little ,its allways been red indians ,no offence to these people ,just what you are brought up with cowboys and indians ,

Comment by: C Rad on 17th October 2013 at 01:00

It sure has changed from my days in Wigan. I still remember buying fireworks in the Little Arcade. I always remember it was called the Big Arcade as well. One was the big the other the little. All seems very posh now.

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