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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 28th June, 2019)

Wigan Pier

Wigan Pier
Renovation work has begun at the Pier.

Photo: Brian  (Sony DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 28th June 2019 at 01:23

What are they going to do now ?

Comment by: Anne on 28th June 2019 at 07:17

Remember the first time it was renovated. Hundreds of people stood around, especially on that landing stage watching a firework display set off from the Trencherfield roof

Comment by: Gary on 28th June 2019 at 09:05

I can remember the Wigan Observer, in the mid sixties, printing a lage picture of Wigan Pier - it most have been a slow week for news. It appeared a down at heel place.
Years of improvements later and a slide tube and truck skip dominate the scene.
At least it's cleaner.

Comment by: Anne on 28th June 2019 at 10:31

About time too.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 28th June 2019 at 10:50

Sorry Gary. The Wigan Observer always printed a large picture ie Haigh Hall, Parbold, Wigan town Centre etc etc. The paper in the mid 1960s went over to web offset printing that could print a full broadsheet pictures in full colour on site, they were pioneers in newspaper production and showed what could be done by web offset printing, as for short of news never, 32 BROADSHEET pages full every week. They were great days and the best years for the Wigan Observer.

Comment by: Julie on 28th June 2019 at 15:54

I would glass it out at bit in order to take in the canal and turn into a pensioners only centre .
This would have an old world tea room with decor to match . On one of the floors there would dance classes ( ballroom ) and gentle keep feet classes , yoga , Pilates. There would also be a library, education and information section , where lectures could be given about modern day issues , or historical discussions to share . There would also be a small cinema playing only the old films , and leisure areas to chat . Trips up and down the canal would top it off . This would all be paid for by a compulsory tax from the first day a young person starts work . This will teach them respect for the older generation, and help them recognise and appreciate the foundations of peace and freedom they now enjoy , came and was built by them .

Comment by: Julie on 28th June 2019 at 16:47


Comment by: Arthur on 28th June 2019 at 17:57

I agree with Colin Harlow, it was a great paper, full of everything and different to other newspapers.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 28th June 2019 at 18:44

What a brilliant idea Julie. They could also have lectures on the demise of the dinosaurs and theorise about the possibility that their descendants not only still exist, but positively thrive within the ancient and loyal borough.
This could then be followed up by an hour of ....Strictly Clog Dancing...., before being rounded off with a game of Bingo,....let's not forget the Bingo eh? With a jackpot of fifty quid for fifteen numbers or under.
But most importantly, let's not forget the defibrillators, just in case I go into spasm whilst sweating for " Maggie's Den ".
Oh! and we could have pigeon fancying afternoons , whippet petting, or even ferret comparing.......what fun!,.....the possibilities are endless.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th June 2019 at 19:02

Julie, that is the most wonderful idea.

Comment by: Poet on 28th June 2019 at 21:33

Compulsory tax as soon as you start work! Good heavens , what ever next?...

Comment by: Pat McC on 28th June 2019 at 21:40

Ozymandias - All washed down with a glass of philosan - to fortify the over forties!

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 28th June 2019 at 22:06

Funny you should mention Philosan Pat, as I've just this minute finished off a bottle of the stuff....well, it wasn't Philosan exactly, but it was something that looked very similar, and I most certainly do feel fortified.....so fortified in fact, that I barely felt a thing when I fell over just now and banged my head on my AGA, Err!....I take it you've heard about my AGA ?

Comment by: Veronica on 28th June 2019 at 22:16

I love the idea of " Strictly Clog Dancing' and what about games of Strictly 'Cock Fighting,Clog Purring' ,and 'Pitch and Toss the Caber'. Some of the old duffers could play football on walking sticks. The rougher , tougher element could play Strictly Rugby with boxing gloves and cricket bats combined. There's still life in the old dogs yet... To round off huge mugs of Horlicks to send them all on their way. I'm surprised nobody has thought of all this excitement before! Brilliant!

Comment by: DTease on 28th June 2019 at 22:52

Ozy, I think they should erect a small statue here to that great explorer Geedubya, who set sail from here on his final expedition to the South Seas in search of the fabled city of Tittibong. Sadly, his mutinous crew abandoned him in the godless wilds of Burscough Bridge and he was never seen again.
He was a brave and fearless seaman and well deserving of some small recognition.

Comment by: Julie on 29th June 2019 at 01:11

Thanks Poet .
No wonder why our men are losing at Cricket
when our women are doing so well .

Comment by: veronica on 29th June 2019 at 11:32

Dtease ...thats GEEDubya on tomorrow's photo. he lost his head waiting for the crew!

Comment by: Poet on 29th June 2019 at 12:06

Aye, sorry about the chaps poor display recently Jools. I of course take full responsibility.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 29th June 2019 at 12:17

I couldn't agree more DTease. Good old Doubleyolk, just another one of life's unsung heroes I'm afraid. I've often wondered what became of him.
I have heard it rumoured however, that occasionally, on warm summer evenings when a light breeze is coming over the moors from Darwen, ramblers in the vicinity of White Coppice and Healy Nab have reported hearing eerie clucking sounds as though of vast distant herds of Rhode Island reds up on Anglezarke, although there have been no actual sightings to my knowledge......
Perhaps a bronze chicken erected in Chorley town centre would be appropriate ?
Who knows, it could ultimately turn out to be Lancashire's equivalent of Greyfriars Bobby.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2019 at 13:47

Ozy: the last sighting of the Duke Of Double Yoke was on the 16th June with a certain Duchess wearing puffed sleeves. I believe she was hiding eggs in those sleeves - of the hard boiled variety! I'm sure he is being led astray....

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 29th June 2019 at 18:18

Ah! I'd completely forgotten that he was meant to be going down to Buck House on the Triumph, with DTease and his cauliflower ear in the sidecar wasn't he Veronica ?
I wonder how that little episode transpired ?
I'm guessing it probably all ended badly around about Sutton Coldfield when his tappet clearance dropped into the sump. I recall the poor lad was constantly dropping things. Either that or losing them entirely....keys...ocean going rafts...etc..etc.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2019 at 20:10

You can always guarantee there's a woman at the bottom of everything Ozy. I believe they bring 'bad luck' where boats are concerned.

Comment by: Poet on 15th July 2019 at 14:17

Delighted the lads came good to win the World Cup.

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