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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 18th August, 2023)

Market Place

Market Place
Leading up to Market Place, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 18th August 2023 at 06:49

Nice photo. It is not so often you see a litter free street in Wigan.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 18th August 2023 at 07:19

Now thats more like it !
Note to the Planning Department & Thumb Twiddlers...Leave it Alone !!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 18th August 2023 at 07:39

That is a lovely photo of Market Place. We can't hear the demolition men and it makes me feel calm after seeing the destruction on yesterday's photo. The hanging baskets are beautiful and the Parish Church Clock looks as peaceful as ever, chiming away the hours and watching over our town as it has done for so many years. If only.......

Comment by: Garry on 18th August 2023 at 08:38

Some great untouched buildings there Dennis. That for me is how shopping should be, out and about browsing through the shop windows not stuck in shopping complexes.

Comment by: freddie on 18th August 2023 at 09:07

restore the commercial yard

Comment by: Julie on 18th August 2023 at 11:25

Not so many shoppers liked it used to be. It used to be very very busy at one time now those days have long gone its so sad theres nothing there everything has closed down not even one shoe shop like there used to be. I dont like the place anymore as i was born here.

Comment by: T on 18th August 2023 at 11:54

This picture is good to see and goes against the common view on the town centre. Reasonably busy, people sitting back enjoying a coffee watching the world go by, Fresh flowers and a clean street.

Other than the bit on the right you'd have no idea that less than 100 yards around the corner is a scene reminiscent of Raqqa

Comment by: Maureen on 18th August 2023 at 11:55

At the moment it's one of the towns nicest and cleanest areas.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th August 2023 at 12:57

That view just reminds me of Chester so classic - I agree with Freddie they should restore Commercial Yard. It was like that nearly all the way down on the right with the mock Tudor style. The town councillors wouldn’t know style if they tripped over it. They would say Chester needed to be demolished because it’s older than the old
Wigan !

Comment by: PeterP on 18th August 2023 at 13:35

No litter due to no pedestrians. Wigan getting like a Ghost town.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th August 2023 at 14:01

They could even restore the Little Arcade!…that would be easy with stalls going down one side it would be like a mini- market with a glass roof over the top..

Comment by: Pw on 18th August 2023 at 18:09

But who would use the arcade?Most people on here seem to have given up on Wigan.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th August 2023 at 18:55

Pipe dreams really Pw. There must be a need for shoe shops and Hairdressers and Barber shops and Tobacconists and Key Cutters.
Anyone else think of any small business’s that would only need a ‘small’ stall.

Comment by: Pat McC on 18th August 2023 at 20:09

Lovely - the beautiful side of Wigan. Commercial Yard for me holds lots of great memories - my first visits to Wigan and our courting days. Thank you Dennis.

Comment by: DTease on 18th August 2023 at 20:26

GIVEN UP! GIVEN UP! Nay lad, us Wigganers never give up when there’s still a Prato Pie int th’oven.
What’s this comin’ o’er Whelley Brew? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nay lad, it’s King Mickulous riding tert rescue on the Royal Motabilitymobile.
Be of stout heart lad soon there’ll be Prato Pie in every Wiggin oven. Once he gets the Parish Bike Brigade ont job every shop will be crammed with Wiggin folks buying t’making’s fer Prato Pie, not to mention Red Beetroot and stuff fer makin’ t’crust.
All hail King Mickulous.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th August 2023 at 23:25

He gets about that King Mickulous! But if it was left up to him with his Divine Right he would knock more buildings down. Especially the Tudor variety! There would be more jolly giant glasshouses. There’ll certainly be more bikes though.
Perhaps a stall selling bike accessories such as bike clips, bike puncture kits, bells, bike pumps and baskets for the handlebars and saddlebags. Plus lamps and batteries and oil for the chains. Oh! and inner tubes mustn’t forget those…and those Yellow waterproofs with hoods on them that covered the bike as well and made cyclists look like fishermen ….. That should do for a start….

Comment by: Pru on 19th August 2023 at 00:41

Hopefully, there will be open walkways that showcase the hidden gems of bygone times like the side of the building shown which lead into Commercial Yard and the tiles from the old arcade. I won't hold my breath.

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