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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 2nd November, 2021)

Wigan in the evening sun


Wigan in the evening sun
From Parbold Hill.

Photo: David Long  (Sony DSC-RX10M3)
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Comment by: Mick on 2nd November 2021 at 06:20

I can see our house on this photo, its on the left just next to the M6.
Heinz should have been made to paint WIGAN on the side of that big warehouse, it would then be a landmark for travelers on the M6

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 2nd November 2021 at 08:23

Heinz factory and NDC prominent on the sky line

Comment by: TerryW on 2nd November 2021 at 08:30

Mick, you can see the large "57" from the motorway, if you can't see it then wear some specks.

Comment by: Ray on 2nd November 2021 at 08:51

WN1 Standisher, What does NDC mean ?

Comment by: irene roberts on 2nd November 2021 at 08:59

I hate fireworks these days but I imagine someone standing where Rev Long took that photo from on Bonfire Night or New Year's Eve would have a fantastic view of them all over Wigan.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd November 2021 at 10:28

' dem beans, dem beans dem saucy beans,
Dem beans, dem beans, dem 'musty' beans.
Now hear de word of de 'bard'
No more o'dem beans in my cup- board.
Nice photo btw. Forbidding sky over THAT house....

Comment by: Rev David Long on 2nd November 2021 at 12:50

Mick - if you put a big X on the side of your house that's in view, I'll focus in on it next time I'm going over Parbold hill....

Comment by: good old days on 2nd November 2021 at 13:47

my look good from a distance but them in crook village must be having night mares seeing that thing every morning

Comment by: Mick on 2nd November 2021 at 13:48

Rev, Im just at the rear of Shevington Tory and Unionist club, so if you can focus on that, ours will be the one with the large conservatory and fish pond.

Comment by: e on 2nd November 2021 at 17:08

‘Tis better to let Fawkes rest ,
To hell with you and those think best ,
For thanks to him a sky was made ,
A penny gathered for a sat one laid ,
Then a young child’s smile would meet the sky ,
Take a dust and make it fly ,
explode with song to meet an eye
forever memory....and not ask why ..

Comment by: Dave. on 2nd November 2021 at 18:27

Ray N.D.C stands for New Distribution Centre.

Comment by: DTease on 2nd November 2021 at 19:07

Ray, it stands for “Next Day Constipation”.

Comment by: Roy on 2nd November 2021 at 20:03

Veronica did you read AND see the photo of the can of beans, supposedly the 'best' on the market at the moment, Branston, a chap found an eyeball in one of theirs. I worked at Heinz for 20 years and yes we did get returns but NEVER anything like that.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd November 2021 at 20:32

I didn't Roy that's put me off 'dem' beans, 'dem' beans forever. I can't begin to imagine how on God's earth that happened. It doesn't bear thinking about.

Comment by: John G on 2nd November 2021 at 20:33

DTease: You won’t have constipation with beans, they go through you like a sidewinder missile.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 2nd November 2021 at 21:58

If Heinz;s Beanses were 20p a tin, I still wouldn't buy them. They are last. Watery, tasteless rubbish.

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd November 2021 at 00:35

Don't worry Veronica as it wasn't an eye after all, it was a type of mould caused most likely by a small perforation in the tin thought to have been caused in transit between factory and shop or the customers home.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16536901/horrified-builder-eyeball-branston-baked-beans/

I was put off Heinz beans and soups after having done seasonal work for a couple of months in the early 1970s. Smells wafting down the corridors from wherever was sometimes horrifically stomach churning, plus I'd got totally fed up of seeing the name Heinz with having to literally throw and stack onto pallets a never ending stream of boxes of beans and soups that were continuously coming along a conveyor belt and sliding down a chute, and sliding down fast too, so you hadn't the time to walk over and stack them neatly you just had to throw and hope for the best, though the pallets were contained at the sides and back with gated wooden panels to keep the boxes within the pallet edges. I'd never been as happy to have left a job as that one. On the TV programme with Greg Wallace on his visit there all that had become mechanised with robots, I wasn't surprised as I can imagine Heinz having had a few claims from workers suffering with wrecked backs after doing that job for some time.

Comment by: Joan on 3rd November 2021 at 07:20

I can see the lino and my house in Appley Bridge on this photo

Comment by: Roy on 3rd November 2021 at 09:37

Cyril, i'm sorry, but that is exaggerated rubbish, particularly regarding the smells, Plus, in 20 years of working there including when you were there i have never seen anyone rushed off their feet on any job at Heinz.

Comment by: Mick on 3rd November 2021 at 10:45

Roy, Cyril is a slow mover.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd November 2021 at 13:06

Ray, sorry for the delay getting back to you, was out decorating an extension. NDC = National Distribution Center. Mick, there is still the rather large 57 sign on the side of the K2 Hydro building that is clearly visible from the M6 side of the borough although you wouldn't be able to see that from your house.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd November 2021 at 14:38

I've heard it's a different kettle of fish these day's Roy, since the ' Cartel ' moved in !!

Comment by: Mick on 3rd November 2021 at 15:37

Stan, its the Shevy side that is visible from the Gathurst viaduct they want it on, because people will look down at the beautiful view of Gathurst/Shevington and think I wonder were we are, then see the big Cherry Red Letters on the White background saying WIGAN.

Comment by: Roy on 3rd November 2021 at 15:47

It probably is WN1 but Cyril is talking about the early 70's

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd November 2021 at 16:29

Roy, maybe you were one of the lucky ones like Mick who were said to have a beano of a job, who'd be seen walking around now and again with some randomly gathered papers in their hand just to appear they were busy doing something.

This was almost 50 years ago and 30 years later when you began working there it would have been completely different working practices, along with mechanisation of the sealers.

The smells would have been coming from the waste stored in some yard, there's been many a time in the 1980s I've been stuck behind one of the trucks full of Heinz waste going up Beech Hill Avenue on their way to the tip at Worthington, and yes it was the same gut wrenching smell with the foul smelling liquid dripping onto the roads, they must later have began using some other method or sealed containers as by the late 1980s they wasn't seen or smelled again.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd November 2021 at 18:11

Cyril, I think as time went on and the regulations changed with what you could and couldn't do with waste and effluent, methods of disposal would have changed with the use of tankers. They still use them to this day. Cost would have come into it as well. There is a lot of recycling that goes on at the factory.

Comment by: Roy on 3rd November 2021 at 20:57

Cyril, in my post timed at 09-37, i told you i was working there when you were there, i retired from Heinz 29 years ago, i started there in 1972, i was a maintenance fitter so no i wasn't walking around with papers in my hands.

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