Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan



Photo-a-Day Archive
Photo-a-Day Archive

Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 20th December, 2019)

The Fire Within


The Fire Within
Another shop unit used for the exhibition.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
Views: 2,153

Comment by: Pw on 20th December 2019 at 08:02

This looks more appealing to me.Will have a look on Saturday I did not realise there were different exihibits

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th December 2019 at 09:39

Pw - yesterday's pic was also part of the first 'Fire within' exhibition - it's actually a performance stage available, I think, to anyone who wants to use it.
The full exhibition is spread over a number of units - this one features exhibits from the Wigan & Leigh Archives, and there was a similar display at the last exhibition.
Lots of thought-provoking stuff to be seen, and enjoyed - or you can sneer at it, of course.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th December 2019 at 09:40

I hate stuffed birds, rather try to see them alive.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 20th December 2019 at 10:19

Words fail me !!

Comment by: Veronica on 20th December 2019 at 13:50

I would rather see shops selling merchandise, than objects that belong in a museum. The novelty will wear off I'm sure...I still cannot see folk flocking to Wigan to view them. Once seen, what happens next.....? I suppose it is better than walking past empty units. As more shops close, will there be more museum pieces on show? Who pays the rent? In my opinion, It would have been a better idea to lower the rents in the first place for store holders to prevent closures...

Comment by: Gary on 20th December 2019 at 14:26

My late Grandad (deceased 1966) would have been interested in this.
Though he, from Aspull, would have referred to birds as "brids."
He could predict the weather based on their activity and while not an ornithologist knew most of the species which frequented Borsdane Wood.

Comment by: Maureen on 20th December 2019 at 15:16

I'm with Helen,I'd much sooner see birds on the wing to fly wherever they like.

Comment by: carl on 20th December 2019 at 15:18

it is the coucil wants stuffing

Comment by: . Ozy . on 20th December 2019 at 16:39

If you've never been...
There's an interesting bit of old film footage from the 70s of the Wigan Alps being shown on a continuous loop that I don't recall seeing previously .
They've got some vertical hanging neon lights that are certain to have somebody's eye out one day.....and that's about it.

The stuffed birds are o.k., as are Theodore Major's paintings ,....assuming one is in a suicidal frame of mind of course .

Comment by: Anne on 20th December 2019 at 16:42

Wasn't that the reason "The Way We Were" closed, initial enthusiasm followed by decline of interest.

Comment by: Poet on 20th December 2019 at 16:56

I don't think this is meant to be a taxidermy exhibition. Me thinks its an eco art piece highlighting the danger of extinction with the hour glass running.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th December 2019 at 17:57

What about the empty Morrison's store? What was wrong with M&S taking that over as a food hall. The council do not give a jot for the older generation who live on the fringes of the town and either walk into the centre or come by bus to do their daily shopping. Many older people went in M&S as well as younger people. It became the main store after Morrisons closed. Stuffed animals might be interesting to look at but you can't eat them! It's quality food stores that's needed in the centre, there's no choice at all now!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 20th December 2019 at 19:41

Veronica; he speak many sense Ke-moh sah-be
He say no possible eat animal stuff.
Ozy, he say depend on with what animal stuff.
As a kid we kept chickens and constantly had sparrows coming into the henhouse then being unable to get out.
We'd catch them and take them up to an old bloke up the street who would kill them and eat them.
I know....I do know....really I do....but it was a different world back then just after the war.
In his defence however, at least he didn't kill thousands upon thousands of them with chemical sprays, he just ate a few, that's all.
Don't ask me what he stuffed them with though,....or what he had for afters.....Bird's dream topping probably.

Comment by: Axcroft on 20th December 2019 at 21:50

Here, here, Veronica. Wigan Town Centre has no accessible supermarkets since M&S and Morrison's have left. I can only assume they have bigger and better plans than accommodating the M&S foodstore. The exhibits are merely a sop to attempt to show Wiganers that things sre under control.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st December 2019 at 11:23

I can only assume the people who make the decisions Axcroft, own cars and have no idea that some people have to walk to the shops - an idea totally alien to them, as even having to use public transport! What about those people who live within walking distance of the centre, even Tesco's is a twenty minute treck for them over busy roads and not on the bus route from what I can tell.
Wiganers need a supermarket within the centre for people to come into Wigan.

Comment by: Pw on 21st December 2019 at 12:02

I remember man telling us he used to eat sheppies(starlings),I know he ate moorhens(woggy hens to us) and coots because we used to shoot them for him when we were young I am now sorry to say.It was very different in those days.Never fancied them but he used to say "that'll eight owt if that hungry" .I could not kill anything now

Comment by: Veronica on 21st December 2019 at 13:13

The though of eating rabbit in a stew when I was a child made me nauseous, I couldn't stand the thought of it. The man who said 'Thall eyt owt when that 'ungry' must ring true for many of the ex POWs who who would kill dogs, snakes and anything that ran just to survive! Makes you think doesn't it Pw..

Leave a comment?

* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.