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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 2nd January, 2021)

Twilight


Twilight
Douglas Valley and Winter Hill taken from Billinge Hill at twilight.

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
Views: 2,189

Comment by: Mick on 2nd January 2021 at 06:18

My dad dug some of the holes for the Winter Hill mast when he worked for Leonard Fairclough.

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 2nd January 2021 at 07:46

Fantastic photo Andrew, the Stadium, Haigh Hall and Horwich beautifully captured, well done !

Comment by: PeterP on 2nd January 2021 at 08:18

At last I can recognise various area on the photo. When my grandchilden were very young I used to tell them the lit tower was Blackpool Tower we can see it from our back garden.

Comment by: Anne on 2nd January 2021 at 09:03

Nicely done Andrew. Every night I can see this view and was truly ashtonished at the difference in clarity the lockdowns have made, especially the first one we had. Anyone in the Douglas valley going out for a breath of fresh air during normal times won't get any.

Comment by: Poet on 2nd January 2021 at 09:10

What's that blue light on the Pike ?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd January 2021 at 09:14

What a brilliant photo! I can't stop looking at it. Thankyou.

Comment by: lancashire lass on 2nd January 2021 at 09:16

I love looking at this site nearly every day, and I love reading all your comments. I miss the Lancashire humour, the Aussie humour is not quite the same, even though pretty good. Please all be kind to each other, especially at this time. We need more kindness, and the very special Wigan humour around.

Comment by: Alan on 2nd January 2021 at 09:24

B.l.C.C constructed the mast, later became Balfour Beatty.

Comment by: A.W. on 2nd January 2021 at 10:32

This is an excellent photo, Andrew, I wish my twilight photos turned out as good.

Comment by: David Barker on 2nd January 2021 at 10:44

Amazing photo Andrew. so much detail in the shot ,well done.
This just one area , its mind boggling just how much power is need to light and heat the UK, but they keep managing to keep our lights on and especially in these trying times.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd January 2021 at 11:35

A scene I see every day, mainly in the daylight though at present with snow on the fells. Pretty much taken for granted, but what it must look like from the air with all the twinkling lights! Well done , it's a lively scene.

Comment by: Beryl on 2nd January 2021 at 12:11

Great photo Andrew

Comment by: RON HUNT on 2nd January 2021 at 14:23

What a fantastic photograph..

Comment by: peebee on 2nd January 2021 at 15:27

He must have done a good job Mick, it's still standing.

Comment by: Mick on 2nd January 2021 at 17:17

Yes PeeBee they dug some deep holes to anchor the supporting cables, Faircloughs were still working up there when the IOM plane crash happened, it was thick with snow and they got involved with the rescue

Comment by: Edna on 2nd January 2021 at 18:45

Wonderful memories of this area, on our way back from trips to Blackpool.when you see Winter Hill.Your home.

Comment by: Phil on 2nd January 2021 at 19:01

I think it's great they light up the mast for Christmas, it brings good cheer to the whole area!

Comment by: Poet on 2nd January 2021 at 19:17

I've just learned from a lady in Lidl that the blue light is a projector set up by United Utilities in tribute to doctors and nurses and all key workers . If you could zoom in the words , Thank You NHS are visible on the walls .

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd January 2021 at 19:43

Superb photo!
According to the UU newsroom the Pike was lit up blue to commemorate the NHS and key workers.

"The event was the brainchild of Chorley firm CDS Events UK with support from another local firm Paul K Sound, as well as United Utilities, Rivington Heritage Trust and Chorley Council, which owns the Pike structure itself." From here: https://www.unitedutilities.com/corporate/newsroom/latest-news/rivington-pike-turns-blue-in-thanks-to-nhs-key-workers/

Comment by: Ken on 2nd January 2021 at 20:07

Born in Blackrod in the shadow of Winter Hill photo is fantastic live now in the Netherlands

Comment by: John Walsh's Mate on 2nd January 2021 at 22:08

Edna said, "on our way back from trips to Blackpool. when you see Winter Hill. Your home."

You lived on Winter Hill, Edna?

Comment by: Rod Black on 2nd January 2021 at 22:27

Ken, Blackrod isn't in the shadow of Winter Hill. The sun comes up over Bolton, to the east.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd January 2021 at 23:03

Talk about nit - picking!
Why do posters resort to re-writing out a sentence that's already been written in inverted commas? As if we are blind! What does it matter? I am sure most of us know what Edna means.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd January 2021 at 23:50

Edna I felt just the same on returning from Fort William in September. I always look for the mast and know I am only a few minutes away from putting the kettle on and kicking my shoes off, you are not alone in thinking that.

Comment by: James Hanson on 3rd January 2021 at 00:05

Looking out for the Heinz 57 sign off the M6 was popular. The Winter Hill mast can be seen from miles away and, of course, it depends where you live. If you live on Winter Hill, like Edna does, it's a good sign of 'nearly home', but if you live in Wigan you've still got a way to go.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd January 2021 at 09:22

Don't get involved in what is actually IN WIGAN and what isn't, Edna....it isn't worth it, believe me!!

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd January 2021 at 09:56

To the nit pickers -Figuratively speaking !

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