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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 21st April, 2023)


Over the years, thousands of Wigan Rugby fans walked down this path between the River Douglas and the old Evening Post building, to wave the team off to Wembley... and then walked down again to welcome them back again... with the Cup of course.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: PeterP on 21st April 2023 at 06:18

Is that a supermarket trolley in the dougie?

Comment by: Veronica on 21st April 2023 at 07:16

The river was a lot more fast flowing in days gone by. Fascinating to watch it as a child.
A nice place to walk on sunny Sunday afternoons.

Comment by: Jackson on 21st April 2023 at 07:29

I was out walking last week and I noticed a gang of workmen building some fish steps at the dean wood weir, so hopefully in a few years time Wiganers will be able to welcome sea trout and salmon swimming up our river Douglas.

Comment by: Pw on 21st April 2023 at 07:42

I have never walked down here Dennis but have walked down past WLT at the side of the Dougie many times on my way to Central Park.

Comment by: Gary on 21st April 2023 at 08:17

Not in 1961 - that team from down south won it. St Judas or perhaps his relative, Helen.
Utter disappointment, but mind you, the team from down south had Tom van Vollenhoven.

Comment by: T on 21st April 2023 at 08:31

They cut a load of trees down so that the area around here is more open and can be seen from the road due to it being used by herion addicts I believe. Unfortunately here, along with the paths next to the river near the Little Theatre and the part near the steps down from tesco are often filled with undesirables these days.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st April 2023 at 09:33

Can someone tell me just where this scene is please? I just can't get my bearings at all. I know the path by WLT but I am lost with this one. Is it near Tesco? What and where are the buildings that can be seen in the photo? Thanks in advance.

Comment by: Ian on 21st April 2023 at 10:52

This is where Central Park (Wigan Rugby Ground) was and the car park, which was in front of the offices etc and Riverside Club, can just be seen on the right (behind the building).
The bridge, which is over the River Douglas, is the one you cross when going towards Scholes (up Greenough Street) and, back in the 1970's, the bridge which had toilets (metal / cast iron) on.
The building which can be easily seen was a club and, I think, it was once named The Snooker Club.
Irene, I hope this helps.

Comment by: Anne on 21st April 2023 at 11:34

Irene… the building is across the way from The Oak hotel, almost at the multi lane junction of Powell street and Riverway.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st April 2023 at 12:55

Thankyou so much Ian and Anne, and to anyone else who may have added comments that have not yet appeared with regard to the whereabouts of the path on today's photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st April 2023 at 13:48

I went to a couple of wedding receptions in the upstairs building. Wasn’t it a Labour Club at one time?

Comment by: Cyril on 21st April 2023 at 14:02

Ian, the name of the club you were thinking of was Central Labour Club. When Chris, of Doc's Symposium and after he'd done with the Rock at Lower Ince; he opened it as a Pool and Snooker Club, but it was a different name than the name now, though I can't recall it.

They should do a 'Scratch and Sniff' aroma of those urinals around town, especially when in the summer, definitely not 'Pearly Rose'.

Comment by: Ian on 21st April 2023 at 19:38

Thanks! Cyril.
Like you, I can't recall the name. Actually, I can't recall any of the many names it has had. But, then again, it wasn't one of my local watering holes and I never really took notice of the name of the place even when I went in for a pint or three.

Comment by: Cyril on 22nd April 2023 at 20:24

Ian, the only name I can find is the Triangle Snooker Club, it's now called the Q8 Snooker, Billiards and Pool Bar. I too only went in once and that was when it was the Central Labour Club, I much preferred The Whitesmiths.

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