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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 2nd August, 2015)

Silcocks grave


Silcocks grave
Headstone in Hindley cemetery with fairground images.

Photo: Judith Elsey  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Anne on 2nd August 2015 at 08:43

When the fair came to Wigan Silcocks parked their caravan in a coal merchants garage/compound (R. Workman & son) opposite Lower Ince labour club. Mrs Silcocks sister lived on the Westwood council estate. Young Arthur stayed with his aunt in order to go to school. The coal merchant was my cousins grandfather so she, I and others were invited to tea in the caravan by "auntie Maggie".

Comment by: Fred Mason on 2nd August 2015 at 09:02

Interesting shot, Judith.

Well done.

Comment by: alex on 2nd August 2015 at 09:02

They both had such a long and happy life.

Comment by: kath on 2nd August 2015 at 11:19

I think Everybody growing up in Wigan remembers Silcocks coming to town! It's a great headstone.

Comment by: Henry7 on 2nd August 2015 at 12:45

Seen it many times in Hindley Cemetery and I always think, what a great headstone.

Comment by: christine on 2nd August 2015 at 12:47

happy memories of silcocks .great headstone

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 2nd August 2015 at 17:34

What wonderful nights out on the old market square in the sixties. Waltzers, dodgems toffee apples, candyfloss and not forgetting the statutory goldfish. My sister Doreen had a goldfish from the fair and kept it for at least 10 years I think. What has happened to the wonderful Wigan of that era. Everything bulldozed for what the planners called progress. Ah well! ! !

Comment by: Mick on 2nd August 2015 at 19:06

I won a Silcocks goldfish and it was dead next morning.

Comment by: Garry on 2nd August 2015 at 20:01

Silcocks didn't make fish, Mick.

Comment by: dave johnson on 2nd August 2015 at 20:18

Mick, it probably committed suicide!

Comment by: Garry on 3rd August 2015 at 07:43

You probably ate it Mick.

Comment by: Al on 3rd August 2015 at 11:00

Some nice comments on here. Strange because whenever I used to hear the name Silcocks fair being mentioned, all I got was spiteful and negative comments, and lots of controversy about them. Havent they been in the news alot about safety of rides and such like?. Depends who you speak to I suppose, but, everytime I heard someone mention them they had nothing nice to say about them, it was always "ohh god, silcocks fair's here again", etc. I suppose people are jealous of their success.

Comment by: Geoff on 3rd August 2015 at 20:02

Very nice and interesting photo.I also like it because I can see your reflection on the headstone!

Comment by: carolaen on 12th August 2015 at 18:53

Derek don't forget the black eyed peas. Only seen at fair time.

Comment by: robert lowe son of george lowe on 9th August 2016 at 11:42

my dad was manager of larance silcock srn and flory silcock from warrington Cheshire auntie magie was a very nice lady as was old Arthur when silcocks was open at st. Helens show I was working for young Arthur loking after the convoy ride and building this ride up and puling the ride down I new how to build up and pull down on my own at the end of the night I allways took auutie magie back to the living van with the clogs she alwas mad me some super and the apple pie was so good the thing is all the showmen and ther staff lads call me George after my dad but my reel name is Robert eash time I go to a fair or for a day out to blackpool or suthport I George how I you going on yours Robert lowe son of George lowe manager of silcocks bros amusements of warrington cheshire

Comment by: robert lowe on 10th August 2016 at 15:06

silcocks is a warrigton name it was silcocks brothers who started the fair of lawrance . herbie, teddy, and aruther all the silcocks brothers .from.warrington wigan and st Helens, after lawrance stopet traverling he moved to blackpool with hs rides waltzer, jumpers , and dogems,the rides was in the winter gardens the other rides was in the olmperya fliying corcers this ride was on a turn table that turned arund it was like a big wheel.marey silcock got marrid to charliy hill was in partmership with larwance and florrysilcock, mareyand chalie look after the rides in the olimpola and my dad was manager looking after all the rides in the winter gardens I was alwas with my dad in the pay box of the laken waltzer then one day larance ask my dad if he could go to look after the dogems so I took over working the waltzer this was a nice waltzer ride 12 cars on the platforms all nicely painted .two staff lads kevin and paddy pusing the waltzer cars around on the track ,my brother kevin lowe was a driver at rigbys milk works but on his days of if my dad wanted a driver.to take the loads to.elsmerport and Manchester mosside my brothr would drive the lorrys and ruben danyals would also drive the loads uncle larwnce had a foden tractor unit reg spp546 that pulled three tralers box trucks wih, the waltzer ,and dogems in .side ,the box trucks,and the waltzer center behind ,the foden had a crain on the front of the cab to, lift the , platforms and ,tubs ,of the box truks the name of the fliying corcers foden was canon ball ther is a photo Of my dad with this foden on wigwn world building up at wigan fair ,1960s ,if paddy and kevin from blackpool who was .on the waltzer is still with us or someone knows them plase get in tuch with me and leave me a comment thank you Robert lowe son of George lowe from warrington cheshire

Comment by: Marilyn Smith on 5th October 2016 at 12:21

My father Bill Pulford worked on Silcocks fair back in the 30's 40's

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