Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 30th September, 2015)
Blue Peter or remember the halfpenny
coin. I thought the Ship was demolished to make way for the shopping centre.
The Ship was always known for being full of prostitutes when I was younger, but non of then ever asked me for any money.
The front of the hotel has been preserved.
That sums up your knowledge of Wigan town centre Garry, 99% of the Ship sank without trace but the facade is still afloat. Mick i'm not sure how to take your comment, do you mean you were never propositioned or you got freebies ?
I didn't know that Aubrey, but thanks. I used to like going in there many years ago.
They knew, Mick, that you wouldn't give them the steam off your [you know what]
The yachting club.
It was always known to us as the yachting club, I allus wondered why? ??
I used to work in my friend's pub in Platt Bridge, and I was told by customers who remembered The Ship that Wigan's "Ladies of the Night", (one apparently being known as "Red Bette"), used to write their prices in chalk on the soles of their shoes, so the prices could be rubbed out and altered easily!
Yes that true Irene, some of them used to sit cross legged with a number on the bottom of there shoe.
Doing it like that was a good way to get men to start chatting and saying you got some chalk number on the bottom of your shoe love.
Maggie Muscle/Mussel was a regular in the Ship in my day, the late '50s.