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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 12th April, 2024)

This is the End (Doors)

This is the End (Doors)
There’s a lot of Ends in Billinge, Higher End, Lower End and Chapel End.
Not many Labour Clubs left though, but not the end for this one.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: olly on 12th April 2024 at 07:40

You forgot the bells!!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th April 2024 at 08:02

Good photo, Dennis, and I'm glad to see it's not "the end". We used to go round with a group of friends in the early 1970s, two of whom were a duo, singing around the clubs. Labour Clubs, British Legions and Working Men's Clubs abounded back then. I worked in a Labour Club in the days of people giving newcomers black looks if they sat in "their" seat! "Give Order fer th'Artiste!" was frequently shouted and games of bingo and the arrival of hot pies punctuated the evening. I thought it had all gone, but there is Chapel End Labour Club, and long may it continue.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th April 2024 at 08:38

It’s nice to see a lone
‘Labour club’ left. They remind me of the older generation. There’s none at all now where I live and there was two at one time. Are there any Conservative clubs left in Wigan?

Comment by: Bitter man on 12th April 2024 at 09:31

I'm not too sure if these Labour clubs are still going. Higher Ince, Bryn, St Thomas, Whelley, Chapel end, Hindley , Standish, Goose Green, Pemberton Central, I suppose there's many more, but very many more have disappeared.

Comment by: Jembo on 12th April 2024 at 09:49

A St Helens club - Hmmmm... :D

Those tulips are nice :)

Comment by: Sue on 12th April 2024 at 09:59

Pemberton Conservative Club, Shevington Conservative Club.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th April 2024 at 10:00

Tulips are coming through is see Dennis.
Standish Labour Club changed a number of years back to a Community Club.
Shevington still have a Conservative Club with a bowling green at the back, I remember about 20 years ago before a general election a prospective Conservative candidate coming in one night to drum up support only to be told by the packed room that everybody voted Labour!

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 12th April 2024 at 11:08

The large fancy Con club is still in Pemberton...

Comment by: Sue on 12th April 2024 at 12:21

Hindley Conservative Club, Marked St.

Comment by: John Noakes on 12th April 2024 at 13:54

Just thought I’d mention,
Chapel End Labour Club is in St Helens and has Saints memorabilia draped on it’s walls. I imagine it’s members will be voting for the St Helens North MP.

Comment by: Bob the Dog on 12th April 2024 at 15:13

If its not Blackrod it's Billinge, as far as I'm concerned Bolton and St Helens can keep um, they are both one street dumps.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 12th April 2024 at 15:21

Jembo and John Noakes, yes but it's got a Wigan postcode and is in Wigan parish,

Comment by: Mark on 12th April 2024 at 15:30

Chaple end labour club is Wigan WN5. John Noakes.

Comment by: Tom the Cat on 12th April 2024 at 16:24

Who wants to work in pubs and club anyway. I think westhoughton comes under bolton. BL post code, but Wigan dial code.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 12th April 2024 at 16:49

Sue,Hindley hasn't had a Conservative club for a number of years.The original building was sold and re-named Madisen Hall,and the club continued for a short time directly across the road.The building is currently for sale.Also,no Labour club in Hindley either,it's now Hindley Sports and Social club.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 12th April 2024 at 17:22

The Post Code system does not follow the Local Authority boundaries, the post codes were brought in during 1970 and were linked to which sorting office delivered your mail, the local authority boundaries were created in 1974 under the Local Government Reorganisation Act, which created places like Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and of course Wigan Metro, for example Skelmersdale which is in West Lancashire, it has a WN8 Wigan post code.

Comment by: Cyril on 12th April 2024 at 19:54

Good Photo Dennis, with all those light bulbs trailed across the front it reminds me of the Phoenix Club.

The barmy army posters with their pretend names are back I see, and nitpicking as usual.

Comment by: DTease on 12th April 2024 at 20:25

O pickers of the noble nit
Leave it off for a little bit
For we like comments replete with wit
Not droning on with a load of…..manure.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th April 2024 at 20:55

Thanks, Cyril, for your support re the barmy army false names brigade. I worked in pubs and clubs when my children were growing up as it was evening work and their Dad could look after them rather than babysitters. He worked in the daytime and I worked in the evenings, (not every evening though), as we needed the money. As soon as they were old enough to look after themselves for an hour after school until their Dad came home I went back to day-time shop-work. It is so easy to say "Who wants to work in pubs and clubs?" when you don't have to do it, and even easier to hide behind a false name to say it.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th April 2024 at 21:15

Thanks, DTease.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th April 2024 at 23:48

I worked in a chip shop for a few hours and was glad of the money. You did things like that to eke out the housekeeping when the kids were little . No shame in that at all. In fact I think working behind a bar would have been more interesting.

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th April 2024 at 08:53

I did a 'leisure shift' 6pm to 10pm. Knew absolutely nothing about soldering wires as I'd always done secretarial work, but as you said Veronica, when money is short you turn your hand to what's available.

Comment by: Mario on 13th April 2024 at 15:40

I remember you working in the chippy, Veronica

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