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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 10th January, 2021)

White Wigan

White Wigan
A little girl enjoys the wildlife in a snowy Mesnes Park.

Photo: Frank Orrell  (Nikon D90)
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Comment by: Jim on 10th January 2021 at 01:11

Why has the bottom left goose's neck been so heavily edited?

Comment by: rainh on 10th January 2021 at 01:51

To everyone born here,
this park has a place,
etched on the memory,
made not to replace
Whether it be growing,
from pram to a teen,
teen to a wedding,
pass the shoe clean.
Each has a story,
a part that they know,
the footsteps of passing,
as yearly they grow,
But time never weathers,
as years turn behind
we grow ever fonder,
and deeper we bind..

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th January 2021 at 08:10

Thats a different view of the park Frank. The womans red jacket in an almost black & white image draws you in. In my mind its a comforting photo, the child in her pink snow suit with the geese, just lovely. Thank you.
PS. You have alot of snow in Wigan, none here on the Nth Norfolk coast.

Comment by: Garry on 10th January 2021 at 08:40

Another belter Frank, has kids we all knew this has Wigan Park and not Mesnes Park.
Children and snow make it don't they. Cheers.

Comment by: Arthur on 10th January 2021 at 08:49

Very clear photo that shows happy times during these corvid miserable months. Top quality photo and Loveley park.
Thanks Frank.

Comment by: PeterP on 10th January 2021 at 08:51

NIce winter scene and enioyed by most people.Some one must have just fed the birds and they are rushing to get their share.A flock of pigions probably roosting in the Pagefirld building.

Comment by: Mick on 10th January 2021 at 09:18

I would love to take shelter in the Wigan park shelter away from the wind and rain,
I would love to take shelter in the Wigan park shelter away from the harsh summer sun
But alas cant take shelter in the Wigan park shelter because they are permanently locked

I once asked a Wigan park gardener why I couldnt take shelter in the newly renovated Wigan park shelter
He looked up at me with saddened eyes away from tending his plants and said my good chap
Im afraid to say they are locked permanently because of vandalism so no one can use the Wigan park shelters any more
I said that is such a shame, why can so few spoil so much that we decent Wiganers have built
The last time I was caught in bad weather the Wigan park I managed to get to Park road railway bridge and joined some sheltering Wigan pigeons, Coo Coo Coo.

Comment by: Mick on 10th January 2021 at 09:33

Jim the bottom left goose's neck hasn't been edited, it just because its got its head up showing more of its white dog collar neck.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th January 2021 at 09:35

It's comforting to know not much changes in the park. Time marches on but there's always a new generation of children introduced to feeding the ducks.... and other wildlife. ( I only remember ducks as a child) Great photo!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th January 2021 at 10:26

Another lovely photo of our park. Whether we label it "Mesnes" or "Wigan" it is Our Park. What beautiful, true words from rainh.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 10th January 2021 at 12:10

What a Quacking photo

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th January 2021 at 12:54

I wasn't born in Wigan, only knew it from the age of 7 yrs, but I remember many happy visits to the park. Don't ever let them take it away from you.

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 10th January 2021 at 13:23

Thanks again everybody. The only editing on the picture was brightness and contrast Jim.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 10th January 2021 at 14:01

Great photo once again Frank.
Arthur mentioned yesterday about the Post and Chronicle printing colour in the paper. Well the answer is no, the press was not designed to print colour ie photographs, only spot colour, ie red on the last extra or final display top of the front page. However, the Post and Chronicle did a colour Wembley Rugby Special on Saturday 29th April 1972, it was published at Brock Mill but printed on the Wigan Observer's Web Offset press at Woods Street. If you took some of those colour pictures back then Frank, I can assure everyone they are perfect, even though the papers almost 50 years old.
I will upload it on Wigan World in the near future.

Comment by: Edna on 10th January 2021 at 15:19

Brilliant rainh, and Brilliant photo Frank. Wigan Park holds lots of memories for a lot of people.

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 10th January 2021 at 20:30

Thanks again Colin. The Wembley Rugby Special would have been to preview the final that year between St. Helens and Leeds. In those days the Post and Chronicle had editions in St. Helens, Warrington and even Widnes. I don't remember the special myself or whether I took pictures for it but would be interested to see anything from it.
On another topic you may be interested in some pictures of the Wigan Observer works that I posted on my Frank Orrell Photography site. They are in the Wigan Industry album. You may have seen them before but Malcolm Ryding put names to some of the faces. I didn't take the pictures but came across them during research for a future book.

Comment by: Colin Harlow. on 10th January 2021 at 22:08

Yes Frank I have seen them, they are excellent. A great piece of Wigan history.
Thanks .

Comment by: Jed Powers on 11th January 2021 at 00:41

Nice photo, very clear and crisp.

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