Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 2nd January, 2021)
Photo: Andrew Fishburn (Canon EOS 5D)
My dad dug some of the holes for the Winter Hill mast when he worked for Leonard Fairclough.
Fantastic photo Andrew, the Stadium, Haigh Hall and Horwich beautifully captured, well done !
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.
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.
What's that blue light on the Pike ?
What a brilliant photo! I can't stop looking at it. Thankyou.
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.
B.l.C.C constructed the mast, later became Balfour Beatty.
This is an excellent photo, Andrew, I wish my twilight photos turned out as good.
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.
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.
Great photo Andrew
What a fantastic photograph..
He must have done a good job Mick, it's still standing.
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
Wonderful memories of this area, on our way back from trips to Blackpool.when you see Winter Hill.Your home.
I think it's great they light up the mast for Christmas, it brings good cheer to the whole area!
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 .
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/
Born in Blackrod in the shadow of Winter Hill photo is fantastic live now in the Netherlands
Edna said, "on our way back from trips to Blackpool. when you see Winter Hill. Your home."
You lived on Winter Hill, Edna?
Ken, Blackrod isn't in the shadow of Winter Hill. The sun comes up over Bolton, to the east.
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.
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.
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.
Don't get involved in what is actually IN WIGAN and what isn't, Edna....it isn't worth it, believe me!!
To the nit pickers -Figuratively speaking !