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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 19th July, 2020)

Standishgate, Wigan

Standishgate, Wigan
Not quite as deserted now.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 19th July 2020 at 08:28

Nice one, Dennis. The town is looking good.

Comment by: Arthur on 19th July 2020 at 09:00

Its deserted towards the 60s. That's when Wigan had proper shops.

Comment by: Alan on 19th July 2020 at 09:05

We have to remember covid 19 is not over.

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th July 2020 at 09:05

How odd it seems to see the Post Office sign there after all its years on Wallgate, and a telephone box which once would have had a queue of people outside but is probably rarely used now in these days of mobile 'phones .

Comment by: Veronica on 19th July 2020 at 09:08

I went on Thursday there was a lot more people about. Actually there was far more people in the Grand Arcade. I had a coffee in the ground floor cafe of Debenhams, and allocated a seat in a corner near the window.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 19th July 2020 at 11:26

Wigan could be such an attractive place with a little more thought. Now, with the virus slowing things down would be a great time for the powers that be to have a complete rethink about what the town is about and where it is going in the future.
There is no doubt but that as it is now it is just not user friendly. The entire town centre is just not organized for the comfort and ease of use of visitors. The roads into town are often clogged and totally confusing to anyone who does not live here. I have heard many people say that they now avoid the town altogether because it is simply far easier to go to the better organized towns in the area.
I hate to bring it up again but the Council seems hell bent on tearing down what little history the town has left In favour of square boxes with square windows.
It’s such a shame because Wigan is still a great place with some great buildings let’s celebrate them rather than leaving them to rot away and become eyesores.

Comment by: Arthur on 19th July 2020 at 13:06

Wigan General Post Office is now closed for good, Irene. Shame.

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2020 at 13:10

We dont need history in our modern towns center, what we need is smooth footpaths, shop entrances with no steps and safe smog free roads we also dont need that big useless bill board sign standing there on the photo for everyone to walk and ride into into it

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th July 2020 at 13:15

That area of Standishgate in the photo doesnt look to different from when I knew Wigan way back, but the scene isnt the busy place I remember.

Well said Dennis, its not just Wigan, many towns have had the heart knocked out of them by bad planning & those elected not really thinking about the needs of the inhabitants...cant blame it all on ' internet shopping '

Comment by: DTease on 19th July 2020 at 18:45

Mick, if you can’t see that big useless billboard maybe you should nip into Specsavers and if you can’t see Specsavers it’s just behind the bright red Post Office sign.

Comment by: Janet on 19th July 2020 at 19:53

End of a era I still call grand arcade station road

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2020 at 23:08

You dont see the useless billboard from the side, same with them very sharp edge signs in Haigh Plantations

Comment by: Neil Cain on 20th July 2020 at 14:55

We don't need American spelling either.

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